Community stalwarts and those who go above and beyond the call of duty were recognised at the second annual Star Awards.
Organised by Daventry and District Housing (DDH) the awards were presented in a special awards night on Wednesday last week at the Daventry Court Hotel.
Jamie Over, 26, an activity coordinator volunteer at DDH, scooped volunteer of the year after d helping residents of a sheltered housing scheme in Daventry. He arranged a number of events, including a coffee morning attended by more than 40 guests, including Chris Heaton-Harris MP.
Mr Over said: “I was really honoured to have won award. I am always happy to help people in my community, and I don’t expect any reward, but it is nice to know that my actions haven’t gone unnoticed.
“I think that winning a Star Award has opened up a lot of opportunities for me and increased my chances of getting the job I want.”
DDH tenant of the year, Sharon Moore, was recognised for her community work, especially the help she gives to running a community group for local people with disabilities.
Come and Play Woodford Halse won the community project of the year award having raised £20,000 to supply and fit a new play area in the village.
Winners were selected by a panel of judges made up of representatives from DDH, Lovell, the Daventry Express, Cummins, Daventry Volunteer Centre and Daventry District Council.
Caroline Godsell, resident involvement officer at DDH, said: “The Star Awards are all about acknowledging the work of individuals and groups who make a positive impact on their community and the lives of local residents.
“All of the nominees selflessly dedicate their own time to make a difference in the community and it was great to be able to help give them the recognition they deserve.
“We would like to say a big thank you to all the judges who in turn volunteered their time, and congratulate all the winners and nominees. We hope that their stories and successes will inspire a new wave of volunteers to get involved next year.”