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Published: 31/01/2012

The annual awards event is now in its tenth year and is a wonderful way to celebrate the hard work and dedication of volunteers in the community who display outstanding commitment in giving up their time and effort to help others. More than 350 people have received an award since the scheme started in 2003.

At last year’s event, Claire Livall, Christopher Hawkins, Paris Wilmott-Fruish and Patrick Luckett were given a special joint award for young volunteers. The award recognised their service to local residents in helping to establish the new Armadillo Youth Café and Venue in Yate. They worked tirelessly on the Project Board to represent the views of young people, attended design meetings and sat on the appointment panel for the artist and business manager roles at the café. They also led consultations in schools and community groups and raised money towards the facility. Their commitment and enthusiasm helped to make the café the success it is today. HRH The Earl of Wessex Prince Edward officially opened the town’s £1.5m innovative youth venue last month.

Mike Drew, Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “The hard work, time and effort given by local volunteers provides a vital role in providing help and support for our community groups and the Chair’s Community Awards give the council the perfect opportunity to recognise and show its appreciation of these unsung heroes.”

Filton College – which changes its name to South Gloucestershire and Stroud College when it merges with Stroud College on 1 February – are sponsoring the event and Principal Kevin Hamblin added: “I am delighted that we can support such a wonderful event. Last year’s evening was excellent and all the nominees were inspirational and to listen to the work which goes on in our communities is very humbling. South Gloucestershire is a wonderful area with fantastic people doing outstanding work, selflessly, day in, day out and this event is a great way of recognising them.”

And or the first time this year, Lord Lieutenant Dame Janet Trotter will be attending the awards ceremony at Filton BAWA at the end of March to select an individual from the assembled winners to receive a special Lord Lieutenant’s Award for the contribution they have made to their community.

A full list of the criteria is available on the website. Nominate today at or email

Alternatively, you can write to Liz Smith, South Gloucestershire Council, The Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF.

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