Suffolk Community Awards

Launch of the Suffolk Community Awards

In a unique partnership, Community Action Suffolk (‘CAS’), Suffolk County Council and the Suffolk Association of Local Councils (‘SALC’) are today launching the new Suffolk Community Awards.

These collaborative awards celebrate and recognise the huge contribution that groups, individuals, town and parish councils make on the overall quality of life in our communities across the length and breadth of Suffolk.

Christine Abraham, Chief Executive of Community Action Suffolk, said “The CAS awards celebrate and recognise those “who go the extra mile” and make positive contributions to their community.  We are delighted this year to be joining with SALC and Most Active County to bring all these awards together in one evening recognising many unsung heroes in Suffolk.

Previously the three organisations ran separate events – namely the CAS Awards, the SALC Village of the Year competition, newsletter and website of the year awards and, Suffolk County Council’s Most Active Community Awards (run in partnership with SALC).

Sally Longmate, Chief Executive of the Suffolk Association of Local Councils said “our Village of the Year Competition has not run for a few years and needed a review.   Having attended the 2018 CAS Awards I instantly recognised there was potential to bring things together and focus on showcasing some of the fantastic outcomes that are being achieved.   I am especially excited about putting the spotlight on the work of town and parish councils and the important contribution they make.”

There are 15 awards available ranging from youth participation and young person of the year to community building, contribution to volunteering, most active communities and village and town of the year. CAS is also delighted to announce a new award ‘Suffolk Good Neighbour Award’ – sponsored by Suffolk Community Foundation.

There is a simple online application/nomination process through a new dedicated website.  The closing date is 21st July 2019.  Full details can be found here  www.suffolkcommunityawards.co.uk.

The Awards will be presented on the 24th September 2019 at the Museum of East Anglian Life.

Cllr James Reeder, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for health, added “as we continue to work towards our goal of becoming the most active county in England, this is a great opportunity to pay tribute not only to groups and individuals that make things happen but to showcase ideas and projects that can make a real difference.”

The winners last years Community Action Suffolk Awards 2018 are listed below.


The Anne Dunford OBE award – for youth participation
2018 Winner: Student Life

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.


The Roddy Macleod award – for youth club of the year
2018 Winner: Outreach Youth

This award is for a small, but exceptional youth club or youth group which has made a difference to the community.


The Andrew Towers award – for young person of the year
2018 Winner: Kelsi Padmore & Morgan Gammon (joint winners)

This award is for a young person who has made a significant contribution to the community.


The Colonel Probert award – for community initiative
2018 Winner: Aldeburgh Hospital Volunteer Garden Team

This award is for an organisation that has worked for the benefit of the community.


The Ian Campbell MBE award – for individual initiative
2018 Winner: Mark Knowles

This award is for an individual who has worked for the benefit of the community.


The Village Hall or Community Building award
2018 Winner: Gainsborough Community Library

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.


The Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering award
2018 Winner: Reg Langston

supported by Policy Bee

This award is for an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the community.


Event Organiser of the Year
2018 Winner: John Button

supported by Larking Gowen

This award is to recognise an event which involves the local community and volunteers.


2018 Awards Video

Check out our 2018 awards video which was taken by Marta M. Eugenio, who is a film student at University of Suffolk.