This year, for the first time, the Community Foundation for Wakefield District is partnering with the Wakefield Express to recognise the brilliant work being done by countless volunteers across the District.

Event details

When Friday 9 June at 6:30pm to 11:00pm, 2017
Where Unity Works
Westgate, Wakefield, WF1 1EP

Over the last eight years the Community Foundation for Wakefield District has provided grants of £1.4 million to in excess of 1,000 local organisations, almost all of which are run by volunteers. These groups rely heavily on those who are prepared to give up their time and make a commitment that provides opportunities for the benefit large numbers of people. Community Foundation for Wakefield District now think it is time that these people should be recognised – and thanked for their contribution to society.

Community Foundation for Wakefield District is looking for people who have made a difference, who have run/organised activities or contributed in one way or another to helping people achieve their potential (or overcome an impediment) – more than they could have done by themselves. This could include areas such as:

  • Sport
  • Disability
  • Mental health
  • illness
  • Creative activities
  • Befriending

but they are not exclusive. If you know of someone involved in another area, then please nominate them.

Nominees must:

  • Be unpaid volunteers
  • Be delivering something extraordinary, regularly going beyond the call of duty
  • Have a recognised track record in their sphere of activity
  • Reside and/or work within the Wakefield Metropolitan District
  • Be nominated by an individual or organisation for whom, or with whom, they have been active for an extended period and fulfil the other criteria (above)
  • Be of any age (16 or above) and are welcomed from any part of the district and every sector of society 

During March and the first half of April, they are asking for nominations. Following the closing date on 17 April, the Awards Panel will assess all the applications and finalise a short-list. Categories are not being listed at this stage, but will be identified once all nominations have been received.

All the finalists will be invited to the Awards Evening at which the winners will be announced, on Friday 9 June 2017 at Unity Works, starting at 6.30pm.

Sir Rodney Walker, President of the Community Foundation said: “I believe it is important to recognise the importance of volunteering which, although it has always been a feature of our society, is now becoming more and more important as public investment in our communities becomes more difficult. Through our work at the Foundation we have seen at first hand the extraordinary commitment made by countless people across the district and I would encourage anyone who knows someone who deserves recognition to put their name forward”.

For more information, please email or see the Unsung Heroes leaflet