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New Suffolk Community Awards launched to recognise people who 'go the extra mile'

PUBLISHED: 10:34 22 May 2019

The new Suffolk Community Awards are launched at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket

The new Suffolk Community Awards are launched at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket

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Suffolk Magazine is proud to support the brand new Suffolk Community Awards which celebrate and recognise the huge contribution that groups, individuals, town and parish councils make on the overall quality of life in our communities across the length and breadth of Suffolk.

The awards, launched by a unique partnership between Community Action Suffolk ('CAS'), Suffolk County Council and the Suffolk Association of Local Councils ('SALC'). Christine Abraham, chief executive of Community Action Suffolk, said: "The CAS awards celebrate and recognise those who go the extra mile and make positive contributions to their community. We are delighted this year to be joining with SALC and Most Active County to bring all these awards together in one evening recognising many unsung heroes in Suffolk."

Previously the three organisations ran separate events - the CAS Awards, the SALC Village of the Year competition, newsletter and website of the year awards and, Suffolk County Council's Most Active Community Awards (run in partnership with SALC).

Sally Longmate, chief executive of the Suffolk Association of Local Councils said: "Our Village of the Year Competition has not run for a few years and needed a review. Having attended the 2018 CAS Awards, I instantly recognised there was potential to bring things together and focus on showcasing some of the fantastic outcomes that are being achieved. I am especially excited about putting the spotlight on the work of town and parish councils and the important contribution they make."

There are 15 awards available, ranging from youth participation and young person of the year, to community building, contribution to volunteering, most active communities and village and town of the year. CAS is also to announce a new Suffolk Good Neighbour Award, sponsored by Suffolk Community Foundation. Suffolk Magazine is sponsoring the Village of the Year Competition.

There is a simple online application/nomination process through a new dedicated website. The closing date is July 21 2019. Full details can be found at suffolkcommunityawards.co.uk.

The Awards will be presented on September 24, 2019 at the Museum of East Anglian Life. Cllr James Reeder, Suffolk County Council's cabinet member for health, added: "As we continue to work towards our goal of becoming the most active county in England, this is a great opportunity to pay tribute not only to groups and individuals that make things happen but to showcase ideas and projects that can make a real difference."

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