North Northumberland Voluntary Forum Awards 2016



Supported by General Mills Berwick Ltd


The North Northumberland Voluntary Forum’s Voluntary and Community Awards was launched on 14 April 2016 in recognition of the achievements and hard work carried out by volunteers and community groups in Berwick-upon-Tweed and North Northumberland..

Local charities, voluntary and community groups will take centre stage this year for this unique award evening which will be held on Thursday 7 July at The Black and Gold, Tweedmouth. This invitation only awards evening will acknowledge the amazing contribution made by volunteers and community groups and celebrate the tremendous work that is carried out by individuals, groups and organisations in North Northumberland.

Jane Pannell, Chair of North Northumberland Voluntary Forum explained “We’re proud to be presenting these, our 5th annual Voluntary Forum awards. This is a real opportunity to raise the profile of community and voluntary groups and to celebrate the achievements of volunteers throughout north Northumberland. Please think about the people and organisations that have made such a contribution to our communities. There’s a range of categories – hopefully one to fit every nomination. We look forward to receiving your nominations – individual, voluntary and community groups.”

Jane added “Last year’s awards were a huge success and the standards of entries were extremely high making judging very difficult. The North Northumberland Voluntary Forum VCO Awards have proved that there is a need to acknowledge the valuable work carried out “behind the scenes” by voluntary and community groups. Acknowledgement of this work will only strengthen communities and encourage more people to work together. This year we are delighted to have received support from General Mills Berwick Ltd acknowledging the value they place on the voluntary sector within the community. I would therefore strongly encourage individuals or groups to enter or nominate a group for this year’s awards. I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution made by voluntary and community groups by thanking them for the tremendous work that is carried out within the community.”

The awards for which nominations are now open are for the following categories

Grassroots Award

The Grassroots Award is a new award for those groups who have volunteers only with no paid staff; they must operate within North Northumberland (former Berwick Borough) and have been established for at least 12 months.  Examples include scouts, junior football clubs, luncheon clubs etc. We want to celebrate the smaller groups who turn up week in week out to coach, support and enable others, and operate within a limited budget.

Organisation of the year

The organisation will need to have been established for at least 12 months; it must operate within North Northumberland (former Berwick Borough) and can have both paid and unpaid staff and volunteers.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Awarded to an unpaid individual who has made a major contribution to the local voluntary sector in North Northumberland (former Berwick Borough) within the last 12 months, this is demonstrated by the level of commitment and the impact their volunteering has made within the sector.  Previous winners of this award will not be considered.

NEW – Youth Volunteer of the Year Award

To celebrate intergenerational work this new award will be presented to an unpaid individual who has made the greatest contribution to the local voluntary sector in North Northumberland within the last 12 months. The youth volunteer needs to be 18 years of age or under and be able to demonstrate commitment and the impact their volunteering has made within the sector. Examples include regularly helping out with sports coaching/training, helping with various after school clubs (cubs, scouts, brownies and guides), community/environmental campaigning or various fundraising activities within the local community.

Outstanding Project of the Year

This award is given for a project, which has had an impact within the last 12 months within North Northumberland (former Berwick Borough area) ; the project can involve both paid and unpaid staff.

Life Time Achievement Award

The Life Time Achievement Award is given to an unpaid individual who for the last ten years or more has made a major contribution to the voluntary sector in Berwick-upon-Tweed and North Northumberland. Previous winners of this award will not be considered.

Local Business Support Award

Local Business Support Award is awarded to the commercial business which has demonstrated outstanding support to the voluntary sector both financial and/or practically.  The business must operate in North Northumberland.

Nominations for all of the above are welcome from charities and voluntary and community groups of any size. These awards will be decided by a panel of judges from the North Northumberland Network and trustees of the Voluntary Forum. If you would like to nominate any group or individual for these awards you can download the nomination form from this website or contact Berwick Voluntary Forum email or write/call into: North Northumberland Voluntary Forum Awards, Berwick Voluntary Centre, 5 Tweed Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1N

***Nominations close at 12 Noon on Friday 27 May 2016***




Winner - Tweed Striders

Runner-up - Berwick &District Friends of Dementia

Presenting the award was Marion Pringle from Spital Variety Group (Grassroots Award winner 2014)


Winner - Berwick Youth Project

Runner-up - Berwick Visual Arts

Presenting this award was Sue Aspden from Northumberland Handy Person Scheme (Award winner 2014)


Winner - Alison Easton

Runner-up - Bill Walker

Presenting this award was Louise Wood (Volunteer of the Year 2014)


Winner - Glendale Trust Community Bond Scheme

Runner-up - Berwick's Burrell Collection

Jan Casson representing Berwick Food Bank - Award winners 2014 - presented this award


Winner - Kreative Technology

Runner-up - Northern Gas Network

Aileen Reilly from General Mills Berwick Ltd presented this award


We all know people who have spent a considerable amount of their time volunteering in one way or another – the people for whom community and voluntary work is an integral part of their life and always has been. The people you can call on for support even if it isn't their area of expertise because they’ll know someone who does and are always willing to help out anyway.  It was a hard job in determining who should receive this award and it’s a testament to the strength of community, volunteering and the people here in north Northumberland that two such excellent examples of those people were nominated.

Winner - George Scott

Runner-up - Dorothy Wakenshaw

This award was presented by Paul Marshall - Life Time Achievement Award 2014

The Berwick Voluntary Forum Trustees would like to thank General Mills Berwick Ltd for their support in hosting the 2015 Award evening. In addition thanks are extended to Chloe Smith and the dancers who provided a short contemporary dance extract from Tidal - celebrating Berwick 900 and its association with the sea.


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