Last chance to make you nominations in the Community Spirit Awards 2014

Halifax Courier Community Spirit Awards 2013 at Bertie's at La Cachette, Elland.'All award winners with host Jon Hammond, front right.
Halifax Courier Community Spirit Awards 2013 at Bertie's at La Cachette, Elland.'All award winners with host Jon Hammond, front right.

The annual Courier Community Spirit Awards evening is looming and we need you to make nominations for the people who matter to you and your communities.

The awards evening, held at Barties at La Cachette on July 10, is an opportunity for the Courier and local sponsoring businesses to pay special thanks to individuals and charities working at the grass roots of our communities.

Halifax Courier Editor, John Kenealy, said: “As a community newspaper the Halifax Courier works hard to put on this event as it is important, to us, to represent and recognise people and charities committed to making Calderdale a better community. I would like to thank all of our sponsors as the Courier Community Awards would not be possible without their support.”

We’re calling on the Calderdale community to recognise remarkable individuals, charities and enterprises who take selfless, spirited steps to make a difference, by nominating them in our Community Spirit Awards 2014.

Nominations are open to everyone from local unsung heroes to high profile charitable organisations.

Community Spirit Awards 2014 categories and what we’re looking for . . .

Best New Charity - sponsored by Berties @ La Cachette

Awarded to a charity that has made a demonstrable impact since its creation, over the last 12 months. In this time, the organisation will have achieved awareness of itself and its cause and will have effectively laid foundations of excellent management and accountability. Sponsored by Berties @ La Cachette.

Charity of the Year - sponsored by Riley and Co.

Awarded by the judges to the organisation they believe has consistently delivered outstanding service to its beneficiaries, sustained or raised its profile, operated clearly in its policies and strategies and demonstrated excellence all round.

Investment in the Community - sponsored by Pennine Housing

The winner of this category will be an ‘all-round’ player with multiple attributes and resources which positively impact on a charitable organisation or social enterprise.

As a contributor, mentor or volunteer, their giving of time and/or finance, will have had a measurable impact on the effectiveness of a charity or social organisation.

Alternatively, the successful entrant may be a person or partnership who have developed innovative ways of generating income which have been integral to the progression of a charity or organisation.

Outstanding Individual - sponsored by Harveys

Awarded to a person who has demonstrated dedication, professionalism and integrity throughout their career and awarded to those individuals who have had a profound effect in the voluntary sector throughout their role.

Community Champion - sponsored Stone Dam

The nominee is considered by communities as a pillar of their communities. The dedicated individual will have backed local initiatives and projects and encouraged members of their community to work together in order to strengthen their community by tackling local issues or creating opportunities for members of the community.

Young Community Champion - sponsored by Benjamin Roberts Solicitors

This category is open to under 21’s who have engaged, inspired and motivated their peers or other people in support of a social cause or initiative.

This young person will have used their skills or enthusiasm to champion a cause close to their heart. These individuals hold core values and are making positive impacts as a role model in their community.

Community School - sponsored by Suma

This award will be accredited to a school or college that is achieving optimum and effective communication between the school and its wider community.

This category is also aimed at schools or colleges which have gone that extra mile to help a charity or cause. The award wishes to showcase an educational centre, however large or small, whose ethos of considering and helping others is high on its school policy.

New category: Older People - sponsored by Community Foundation for Calderdale

This award will be given to a charitable organisation who demonstrate high level of skills, care and professionalism needed to manage and deliver services sensitive to the needs of older people and an awareness that investment in this type of service provision will meet increasing demand in the future.

New category: Social Enterprise - sponsored by Calderdale Creit Union

This award recognises an organisation that exists to address a social need, reinvesting profit or surplus from trading activity to achieve its social mission. The winner will have achieved great impact and be able to demonstrate excellence in all aspects of enterprise – from innovation, staff engagement and customer focus to growth, leadership and financial performance.

New category: Arts and Culture - still open for sponsorship

This award celebrates third sector excellence in one or more of the following: visual arts; music; film; photography; writing; drama; dance; design.

The award winner will demonstrate or articulate their employed skills, enthusiasm and passion in making a significant contribution to their wider community.

Make your nomination via email to

Include contact details for yourself/the person nominated, state the nominated category and include a detailed account of the attributes and achievements of the person or charity with reference to the category.

Closing date is June 16.

For further enquires call 01422 260223