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Celebrate the heroes in your community for 2018

Nominations are now open for the Community Action Suffolk Awards 2018 (supported by Birketts Solicitors), which recognise the volunteers, communities and young people making an impact on the lives of people in Suffolk.

Eight awards will be presented to individuals and organisations in Suffolk, from Village Hall or Community Building of the Year to the Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering award. If you know of someone, or an organisation making a real difference, you have until Friday 27 July 2018 to make your nomination by clicking on the individual awards links below and completing the simple nomination form:

The eight CAS Awards are:

Click here for more information on each award and/or to nominate

Young people volunteering in the community
Eve Brooks-Parkin was the winner of The Andrew Towers Young Person of the Year award 2017. Fran Moore from the Eden-Rose Coppice Trust, nominated Eve and said:
“Eve has volunteered for Eden-Rose Coppice Trust for the past five years, using her precious free time during the school holidays. She supports children with learning difficulties at the charity’s holiday clubs and leads a group of young volunteers in Ipswich who help to restore woodland for the benefit of the local community and wildlife. Eve connects with the children in a very special way that seems to bring out the best in each child, many with profound learning disabilities. Her support has helped these children gain a positive mental attitude with good self-esteem, better self awareness, self-regulation and intrinsic motivation.”

Supporting your community and making a difference
Bentley village’s 750 residents had been without a shop for 11 years until its Village Community Shop was opened in July 2016. The shop won The Village Hall or Community Building award  2017 (supported by Business Services at CAS Ltd). The shop actively supports all members of the local community and was nominated by Bob Feltwell, on behalf of its 45 volunteers:

“The shop helps people with various physical disabilities and learning difficulties who now visit almost daily. Children are now sent out to buy bread and milk and learning about money. Volunteers collect people and bring them to the shop and help them find things which they are unable to do on their own due to frailty and failing eyesight. Some of the volunteers are in their 80s and enjoy the social aspect of meeting people in the village, reducing rural isolation. The shop is bringing the local community to life.”

2017 Winners

Why not check out our 2017 winners and the marvelous work they have done in the community at

Awards will be presented at CAS’s Annual Celebration event on 25 September 2018 at the
Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.