Community Action Suffolk Awards

The winners of the Community Action Suffolk Awards 2017 have been announced, celebrating those who have generously improved the quality of life for locals and for Suffolk.

The Awards, supported by Birketts solicitors, are evidence of how much dedication and community spirit there is in the county. A record number of nearly 100 organisations and volunteers were nominated, from Mildenhall to Felixstowe, Lowestoft to Haverhill, and included teenagers and octogenarians, community buildings and Scouts groups.

Pete Richardson, Chief Executive of CAS, said:

“The Awards panel, as always, found it difficult to select winners from such a variety of inspiring community action. What excites me, is the amount of work and volunteering taking place in Suffolk, we really do have some amazing projects on our doorsteps.

“Often this work goes unnoticed by many but without it, vulnerable people wouldn’t be given the support they need and communities wouldn’t be the social centres that they are. We host the CAS Awards to recognise the dedication and commitment of all volunteers, community leaders and organisations across Suffolk’s voluntary sector and to inspire others to get involved.”


The Anne Dunford OBE award – for youth participation
2017 Winner: Youth Holidays Activity Fund

This award is for a group of young people who have taken a leadership role in a decision making process for the benefit of young people.
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The Roddy Macleod award – for youth club of the year
2017 Winner: FortKnights

This award is for a small, but exceptional youth club or youth group which has made a difference to the community.
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The Andrew Towers award – for young person of the year
2017 Winner: Eve Brooks-Parkin

This award is for a young person who has made a significant contribution to the community.
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The Colonel Probert award – for community initiative
2017 Winner: The Hadleigh Steering Group

This award is for an organisation that has worked for the benefit of the community.
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The Ian Campbell MBE award – for individual initiative
2017 Winner: Janice Scott

This award is for an individual who has worked for the benefit of the community.
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The Village Hall or Community Building award
2017 Winner: Bentley Stores

supported by Business Services at CAS Ltd
This award is to recognise the positive contribution made to a community by its Village Hall or Community Building.
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The Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering award
2017 Winner: Ann Negus

supported by My CharityGuard
This award is for an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the community.
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Event Organiser of the Year
2017 Winner: Paul Nixon, The Bergholt Bomb-Along

supported by Larking Gowen
This award is to recognise an event which involves the local community and volunteers.
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