Community Stars 'Best in Nottingham' 2017 Award Winners are Announced
The Community Stars 'Best in Nottingham' Awards 2017 were held on Monday 6 November at The Albert Hall, Nottingham. Hosted by NCVS, our event celebrated volunteering and the many individuals who contribute to our local communities, whether it be through organised projects or special acts of kindness.
The celebration was made possible through a grant from the Big Lottery Fund Celebrate programme. Among the awards presented on the night was the NET Community Star Award, sponsored by NET, Nottingham's tram network. Since November 2016, NCVS and NET have been seeking nominations from the general public to recognise individuals who might receive the ultimate 'Community Star' accolade – a tram named in their honour.
We're delighted and proud to announce that the NET Community Star Award 2017 winners are:
Tim and Jean Jeffery
Left to Right: Stephanie Moss-Pearce, Marketing Manager at NET, Tim Jeffery, Jean Jeffery, and Chris Williams who oversees social responsibility for Keolis, operators of the city’s tram network.
Nominated by Rainbow Parents and Carers Forum, the couple are described as "special and extraordinary". They have fostered 200 children/young people and supported them to access a better quality of life and stability during times of hardship and family turmoil. In addition, they support local playgroups and foster carer groups to offer support and a sense of community to others.
Tim and Jean also contribute in peer reviews as Parent Representatives, using their personal experiences of caring for disabled children to influence local decision making and to shape service developments for young people and their families.
Tim and Jean will attend the tram naming ceremony in March 2018.
Earlier in the evening, additional awards were presented by Gerri Bright, NCVS Chair of Trustees.
Our other Community Star 'Best in Nottingham' award winners are:
In addition, all nominees received a certificate of recognition.
Our amazing Community Stars award winners:
Stephanie Moss-Pearce, Marketing Manager at NET described the background to the partnership with NCVS: "Our city is full of amazing people who give up their free time to help others. The Community Stars project has given us a way of celebrating their efforts and tram number 222 is set aside to honour them.
“By working alongside NCVS, we’ve been able to unearth new unsung heroes who deserve to have a tram named after them."
Chris Williams, who oversees social responsibility for Keolis, operators of the city’s tram network, added: “We’re delighted to support NCVS as it helps recognise all of the fantastic voluntary work that’s done across the local area."
This year is a very important year for NCVS, marking an important anniversary. NCVS Chief Executive, Louise Craig, explained, "We’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of our Volunteer Centre which first opened in May 1977. So we're especially pleased to have partnered with NET throughout 2017, and appreciate their engagement with our work. The tram naming opportunity gives increased recognition to all Nottingham citizens who give up their time in service to others."
Louise added, "It’s important that we celebrate everyone who makes a difference. There are so many Community Stars in Nottingham, and not everyone wishes to get noticed or named. This night is for them too."
With thanks to Nottingham College media students - Luiza Leguey, Naomi Midgelow and Sam Hart for photography and Facebook coverage during the celebration event.
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