Lancashire Telegraph sponsors Community Volunteer Awards

Published Thursday 29 June 2023 at 9:23

The Lancashire Telegraph is showing support for this year’s Community Volunteer Awards by becoming the media partner sponsor.

These annual awards, now in their fifth year, celebrate the individuals and groups who do whatever they can to make life better for others in our borough.

The Community Volunteer Awards are a collaboration between Blackburn with Darwen Council and Community CVS, and are sponsored by a variety of local businesses and public sector organisations.

Mark Fry Commercial Partnership / Events Director from Newsquest, which publishes The Lancashire Telegraph, said:

We are over the moon for The Lancashire Telegraph to be the in-kind media partner of this event.

Garth Hodgkinson, Chief Executive Officer of Community CVS, said:

Community CVS is here to promote and grow voluntary action. The Community Volunteer Awards are a truly fantastic way of showcasing the amazing work of volunteers and volunteer-run groups in Blackburn with Darwen. With the Lancashire Telegraph on board we can spread the word and hopefully receive even more nominations, highlighting how the kindness of residents, organisations, businesses and volunteers make BwD a brilliant place to live.

Coun Phil Riley, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, added:

We’re grateful to the Lancashire Telegraph for coming on board with the Community Volunteer Awards. Through their support as media partner, we want to shout louder than ever about the wonderful, kind-hearted and selfless volunteers who we are proud to have in Blackburn with Darwen contributing to local life.

Community Volunteer Awards are up for grabs across 12 categories including The Good Neighbour Award, Volunteer of the Year, an Environment Award, a Health & Wellbeing Award, and the Community Involvement Award which is open to the local business community.

Get the full list of award categories.

You can nominate people of any age who volunteer in any way in Blackburn with Darwen. It could be someone who gives their spare time for free to help out with sports clubs, someone who dedicates their time to a local charity, or someone who pitches in to keep our neighbourhoods clean and tidy. There are categories for every good deed you can think of!

It’s easy to nominate someone for the Community Volunteer Awards – you can do it online via the Community CVS website.

All you have to do is write a summary of what the individual or organisation does that makes them deserving of an award.

You can also request paper nomination forms from Community CVS at the Community Hub, 35 Railway Road, Blackburn BB1 1EZ – or contact Donna Talbot on (01254) 583957 or

The closing date for nominations is Friday 25 August 2023.

The Community Volunteer Awards event will once again be held at King George’s Hall in Blackburn on Thursday 2 November, hosted by the BBC’s Graham Liver. More details about the evening will be released later this summer.

Other Community Volunteer Awards sponsors include Blackburn Rovers Football Club & Community Trust, The Hive, Blackburn with Darwen Interfaith Forum, East Lancashire Hospice, The Wellbeing Farm, Herbert Parkinson, Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service, Age UK Blackburn with Darwen, Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen, Blackburn College, PM+M Accountants, The Mall Blackburn, Humraaz, Child Action North West and Accrington & Little Harwood Community Centres.

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