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NYCC Community Awards Project

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As I am sure you are well aware, the County Council has had to make many cuts in its budgets in the last few years.

But it has been very encouraging to see how local communities have shown a determination to help keep services such as libraries and youth clubs, running.

There are many examples throughout North Yorkshire of the resilience, ambition and community spirit which helps our residents to enjoy a good quality of life, make new friends and feel involved in the life of their particular area.
It is against this background that I have announced a new Community Awards Scheme which will see projects, individuals and groups honoured. Awards will be given to winners in the following categories:

• Best community project
• Best community group
• Volunteer of the year
• Young people volunteering award

Nominations will be judged on how they have:

• Tackled issues that affect people living in the North Yorkshire County Council area;
• Made a positive difference to their community;
• Helped get other people involved;
• Inspired others;
• Tried new things;
• Had a lasting impact;
• Worked with partners; and
• Made the most of funds available

Finalists will be invited to the North Yorkshire Wider Partnership Conference on the morning of Friday 16 October 2015, where the winners will be announced and presented with their award and £1,000 towards their project, group or nominated local charity.

My purpose in writing to you is to seek your help in recognising such projects and people by encouraging nominations from your area. Please feel free to pass this information on to community leaders and other organisations who may be interested.

Further information, eligibility criteria and an online nomination form can be found at http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/communityawards. Paper nomination forms can be obtained by contacting communications@northyorks.gov.uk or ringing 01609 532917.

Nominations close on 31 July 2015.

Yours sincerely

Chairman
County Councillor David Jeffels
Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council