Havant’s Celebration of Volunteering 2017 event kicks off with nominations

Councillor Elaine Shimbart
Councillor Elaine Shimbart

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AN AWARDS ceremony that recognises the time and energy given by volunteers to organisations has been launched.

The borough of Havant’s Celebration of Volunteering 2017 event has been kick-started by Community First and the incoming Mayor of Havant, councillor Elaine Shimbart, pictured.

The awards provide an opportunity for people to celebrate the dedication and enthusiasm of those who make a difference to the lives of many residents.

The event is being supported and sponsored by Havant Borough Council and Lockheed Martin.

Any group or organisation operating in the voluntary and community sector in the borough can make nominations.

This year businesses are also encouraged to nominate staff members who volunteer, as there will be an award for Business Volunteer of the Year.

There will be six categories of awards, including: Young Volunteer of the Year; Business Volunteer of the Year; Team of the Year; Unsung Hero; Lifetime Achievement, and Mayor’s Special Commendation.

The awards evening will take place at Langstone Technology Park on Thursday, May 25, at 5pm.

Councillor Elaine Shimbart, in-coming Mayor of Havant, and Paul Livingston, vice president of Lockheed Martin, will be presenting certificates to award winners at the ceremony.

For further information about the awards and to find out how to nominate a volunteer, visit the Community First website at cfirst.org.uk/volunteering/groups.

Alternatively, contact Julie Eden at Community First by e-mailing julie.eden@cfirst.org.uk, or phoning 0300 500 8085.

The closing date for nominations is Tuesday April 18 at 5pm.