ROTHERHAM is a town with a strong sense of community — and the Advertiser wants to celebrate that.
Hard times have meant there has not been too much to shout about for many, but through the decades following the closure of the pits and the decline of the steel industry the people of Rotherham have pulled together.
Incredibly there are around 1,400 voluntary groups operating across the borough and we want to recognise the tremendous work they do.
Most are people who have been volunteering in their spare time, working completely without pay, for decades — and these are the people who make you proud to live here.
That is why, following the success of last year’s event which received hundreds of entries, we have launched the Rotherham Advertiser Community Awards 2020.
Over the next ten weeks you will have the chance to nominate the people you believe have gone above and beyond the call of duty in selflessly helping out others. Those you believe deserve an award.
Those making the final shortlist will be celebrated at an awards night in April when the winners of the ten categories will be announced.
Advertiser editor Andrew Mosley said: “There are so many people, featured in our papers week-in, week-out, who devote their precious time to making sure people who might be isolated, may be unable to get out and about, may lack confidence, may be suffering, not only continue to live among our communities, but prosper.
“We want to recognise these people and put them in the spotlight to show others that, despite the negative image Rotherham may have in some quarters, it is a place packed with people we can be proud of, people who care about their community, their neighbours and the town we live in.
“We want as many people as possible to nominate those who make us proud to live in Rotherham.”
Fundraiser of the Year Under 18: Do you know an individual or group of people under 18 who have shown incredible dedication or effort in raising money for a charity or good cause in the borough?
Fundraiser of the Year Over 18: Do you know an individual or group of people who have shown incredible dedication or effort in raising money for a charity or good cause in the borough?
Young achiever of the Year Under 18: This award recognises the success of young people achieving their aims or goals while overcoming substantial barriers to transform their lives.
Volunteer of the Year Under 18: This award is to recognise a young person who has shown enthusiasm and commitment to an organisation or cause, and made a real difference.
Volunteer of the Year Over 18: This award is to recognise a person over 16 who has shown enthusiasm and commitment to an organisation or cause, and made a real difference.
Unsung Hero: Do you know a special person who goes above or beyond for their community? Who quietly gives a lot but never gets the recognition they deserve? This is the category to nominate them for.
Outstanding Bravery: This award recognises individuals or teams who have demonstrated an outstanding act of bravery, which without their intervention, could have led to significant harm to others, damage to property or even the loss of life.
Community Contribution: An individual or group who have given their time to improve elements of their local community
Lifetime Achievement: An individual organisation that has shown a willingness to constantly contribute to their community over a significant number of years to make it a better place.
Neighbourhood Project of the Year: We are looking for local heros on your street or in your community whose acts of kindness sets them apart.
We are also looking for partners to promote this initiative.
Benefits include association with an high-profile award, improved brand awareness in the community, the opportunity to be part of a positive initiative for Rotherham, and the chance to use the awards logo on your own promotional material.
If you would like to become a sponsorship partner or find out more about the benefits, contact Kim Ollivent on 01709 803554.
Closing date online until April 1st.