Nominations for Daventrys hidden stars

A Daventry based housing association is on the hunt to find local hidden stars and let them shine.

Daventry & District Housing, along with partner organisations, are hosting their second annual Star Awards, a chance to acknowledge the work of unsung heroes and community projects, and they are calling on you to get nominating.

The awards are designed to recognise residents of the Daventry district area who have made an exceptional contribution to their community and a real difference to the lives of others.

There are six categories for which candidate can be nominated, these are:

-Don Bouckley Young Person of the Year Award 2013

-Evelyn Bristow Volunteer of the Year Award 2013

-Environmental Project of the Year Award 2013

-Good Neighbour of the Year Award 2013

-Community Project of the Year Award 2013

-DDH Tenant of the Year Award 2013

The top three nominees from each category will be shortlisted and invited to attend a special star-studded awards ceremony at the Daventry Court Hotel on December 11.

The winners will be selected by a panel of judges made up of representatives from Daventry & District Housing, Lovell, Daventry Express, Cummins, Daventry Volunteer Centre and Daventry District Council. They will then be presented with a trophy and certificate to mark their achievement.

Dennis Clayton, winner of last year’s Volunteer of the Year award, said “When I found out that I had been nominated for an award it felt great. Whilst I find volunteering personally rewarding, it was nice to be formally acknowledged for my role in the community.

“I think the Star Awards are a brilliant idea and I’m really pleased they’re returning for a second year. Not only does it give credit to people who often go unrecognised, but it also gives them the chance to meet with other volunteers from across the district.”

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.

“Often these people do not receive the credit that they deserve. The awards aim to celebrate these unsung heroes and thank them for the contributions they have made over the past year.

“We encourage anyone who wants to make a nomination to do so soon and ensure that their nominee is given the chance to be formally thanked, at what promises to be a fabulous evening”.

The deadline for nominations is October 7.

For full details on how to nominate and to view the Star Awards criteria, visit DDH or call 0300 4562531 to arrange for a nomination form to be sent to you.