Spirit of Lancashire recognises outstanding voluntary work

The Community Foundation for Lancashire has announced the second Spirit of Lancashire Awards to celebrate outstanding work taking place in communities across the region.

Lancashire Business View is one of the event sponsors.

The Community Foundation connects donors to the community, and provides grants and support to local groups and individuals to help them build a stronger Lancashire.

With over 150 guests expected to attend the event, the Spirit of Lancashire Awards 2013 awards will be held on Thursday 21 February at DeVere Village Herons’ Reach Hotel in Blackpool.

The short list for this year’s awards categories are as follows:

Health and Well-being Award (sponsored by JDH Building, Accrington)

Skerton Community Association, Lancaster

Olive Branch, Lancaster

Children, Young People and Families Award (sponsored by BusinessGiftUk.com, Leyland)

Volunteer Burnley, Burnley

Ur Potential, Blackpool

Community Cohesion Award (sponsored by Thomas Cole Internet Solutions, Chorley)

New Freedom Counselling, Accrington

Butterfly Group, Blackpool

 Young Innovation & Enterprise Award (sponsored by Regenerate Pennine Lancashire)

Junaid Musah, Blackburn

Elliot Atkinson, Burnley

Fair Share Award (sponsored by Big Lottery Fair Share Trust)

Maundy Relief, Hyndburn

Prospects, Hyndburn

Philanthropist of the Year Award (sponsored by Lancashire Business View)

 Unsung Hero (sponsored by Panaz, Burnley)

The winners will all be announced from amongst these finalists during the evening.

Cathy Elliott, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation for Lancashire said:

[quote-feature align="left"]“Our first Spirit of Lancashire Awards in 2011 was a great success, and a fantastic chance to honour local individuals and groups who have undertaken truly outstanding work in their communities.[/quote-feature]

“This past year has seen great challenges for those working in our communities, but as ever the voluntary sector has really stepped up to the challenge, improving local lives in Lancashire across an array of themes such as tackling homelessness, improving local employment opportunities, and health and well being.

“Our second Spirit of Lancashire Awards will formally celebrate some of the achievements of Lancashire’s community and voluntary sector, and highlight some of the incredible generosity demonstrated by Lancastrians over the past 12 months."

Helen Goodwin, Philanthropy Development Manager of the Community Foundation said,

“We work with so many wonderful community groups and generous philanthropists which has made deciding the shortlist a really inspiring but tough process.

“We would love to give every individual and group that we work with in Lancashire an award to recognise their hard work and many different achievements during the past year.”

To book your tickets for this event or for more information on the work of the Community Foundation for Lancashire and how you can get involved as a community group, organisation or philanthropist, please contact: Helen Goodwin on 0151 232 2416 or helen.goodwin@lancsfoundation.org.uk.

If you would also be interested in finding out more information on the shortlisted groups, please see our website www.lancsfoundation.org.uk