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Community Champions Awards

There are seven Community Champion Award categories. Nominations are now closed and the winners will be announced on January 11, 2018.

All shortlisted entrants will be invited to an awards evening at the Coniston Hotel on January 11, 2018.

Arts and Culture Award (Sponsored by Alexander's)

The Arts and Culture Award celebrates those who have made an outstanding contribution to the arts, heritage and culture in their community or the District in general.

The Awards Panel would be interested in knowing how your nominee has;

  • Helped to promote excellence and innovation in the arts.
  • Helped to make arts and culture accessible to everyone in the community.
  • Made a positive difference to improving the well-being of residents
  • Been creative in making the most of the resources available to them.

Previous winners of the award are: Sutton's Got Brass, Team Ketchup, Skipton Embroiders Guild, Joan Murray, Pioneer Projects

Best Community Group Award (Sponsored by Keelham Farm Shop)

The Best Community Group Award recognises a voluntary group that has made a positive impact on people's lives or has made a significant contribution to their community or the District in general.

The Awards Panel would be interested in knowing how your nominee has;

  • Encouraged new members to get involved.
  • Made itself welcoming and accessible to everyone in the community
  • Made a positive difference to and improved the well-being of a community

Previous winners of the award are: Clapham Community Shop, Scoff Cafe, Carleton Community Umbrella, Yorkshire Housing Computer Club, Street Angels

Greener Craven Award (Sponsored by Smart Solutions)

The Greener Craven Award recognises an individual or group that has made a contribution to enhancing the local environment. This could be cleaning up a green space or starting a recycling initiative or starting an allotment group or organising a clothes swap.

The Awards Panel would be interested in knowing how your nominee has;

  • Motivated and inspired others to get involved
  • Made a positive difference and how they have improved the environment for their community
  • Actively promoted environmental issues within their community

Previous winners of this award are: Friends of Aireville Park, Embsay Primary School, Long Preston Floodplain, Gawflat Meadow, Pioneer Projects

Sport and Recreation Award (Sponsored by Principle Healthcare)

The Sport and Recreation Award recognises and celebrates those who have made an outstanding contribution to amateur sport or physical activity in their community or the District in general.

The Awards Panel would be interested in knowing how your nominee has;

  • Motivated and inspired others to participate in physical activity
  • Helped to make physical activity more accessible to everyone in their community
  • Helped to promote excellence in their field of activity
  • Made a positive difference to improving the well-being of residents

Previous winners of this award are Adam Cox, Craven Energy Triathlon Club, Walter Tooby, Jim Lockyer, Ben Holderness

Volunteer of the Year Award (Sponsored by Angus Fire)

The Volunteer of the Year Award rewards an individual who has made an outstanding contribution through volunteering in 2017.

The Awards Panel would be interested in knowing how your nominee has;

  • Shown commitment to a cause or organisation
  • Has acted as a role model/ambassador for volunteering
  • Motivated and inspired others to get involved in their cause or organisation
  • Made a positive difference and has improved the well-being of residents or a community in general

Previous winners of this award are: Hazel Chatwin, Sylvia Merrett, Edna Smith, Jean Baker

Young Citizen of the Year Award (Sponsored by The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa)

The Young Citizen of the Year Award will be given to a young citizen aged between 11 - 25 who has made a positive difference.

The Awards Panel would be interested in knowing how your nominee has;

  • Made a real impact
  • Shown exceptional commitment to a cause or organisation
  • Brought people together from different backgrounds
  • Inspired others by overcrowding an obstacle or going beyond the call of duty

Previous winners of this award are Hayley Carroll, Bretton Lord, Phoebe Robinson, Izzi Ellwood.

Health & Wellbeing Award (Sponsored by Broughton Hall Estate ) 

The Health & Wellbeing Award recognises a group or individual that has made a contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of local people by providing care to vulnerable people, bringing the community together to look after each other or helping people to live healthier lives in their community or the wider District.

  • When judging the application, the Awards Panel will look for examples of how your nominee has: 
  • Made a positive difference to improving the well-being of residents
  • Motivated and supported people to live healthier lives
  • Brought people together to  vulnerable people in their community

This is a new award for this year.


In addition to announcing the winners of the seven main categories at the Awards Ceremony, a further award will be made as follows:

Citizen of the Year Award (Sponsored by Yorkshire Housing)

This Award will be presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Craven during the past year. The winner of Citizen of the Year is selected from the winner of all the other categories by the judges.