Harrogate and District Volunteering Oscars 2016: Nominate now

2015 Volunteer Oscars winners. (1510301AM27)
2015 Volunteer Oscars winners. (1510301AM27)

Welcome to the Harrogate & District Volunteering Oscars Awards 2016.

This year’s Oscars ceremony will take place on Friday, October 28 at the Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road, Harrogate from 7pm.

The evening is a celebration of the work volunteers do in our community either as individuals or as a group.

Click here to nominate

Harrogate & District Volunteering Oscars are now in their 9th year.

They were created by Councillor John Fox in his Mayoral Year 2008/9 to recognise the wonderful work being undertaken by volunteers throughout the District by such a diverse group of people of all ages involved in a wide variety of activities. The Awards are supported by the Harrogate Advertiser series and the Harrogate & Ripon Centre for Voluntary Service.

Last year the Awards recognised Open Country as Organisation of the Year. Open Country has been helping disabled people in the Harrogate District to enjoy the countryside for over 25 years.

Its programme of activities includes walking, cycling, nature study and outdoor pursuits.

Volunteers perform tasks such as helping wheelchair users, guiding visually impaired people, mending bicycles and driving minibuses. In 2014 it helped 261 people enjoy a record 5,622 activity days. Its 75 volunteers help seven days a week.

Open Country celebrated its Silver Anniversary in 2015.

There are 16 categories and you can nominate online by going to www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk or phone 01423 540541 and a paper copy will be posted to you.

The closing date for nominations is Monday October 10, 2016.