Covid-19 Community Champions

ACRE Celebrates Northamptonshire’s Helpers

Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) is a countywide, independent charitable organisation working with rural communities to improve their quality of life, especially for the disadvantaged.

acre logoTo celebrate the work that so many volunteers are doing during this pandemic to help their neighbours, Northamptonshire ACRE is launching Northamptonshire’s COVID-19 Community Champions. Groups across the county are invited to share details of the many ways they are supporting the more vulnerable in their community. Examples of support can be in whatever way a group chooses, whether through stories, photos, video diaries or brief statements and examples of the best community support will be brought together into a booklet celebrating Northamptonshire’s volunteer champions.  All entrants will receive a Community Champions certificate and will be invited to take part in a celebration evening Northamptonshire ACRE will host in Spring 2021.

Northamptonshire ACRE recognises the amazing work that the County’s groups of volunteers are doing to support the more vulnerable members of their community during these unprecedented times. They invite all COVID-19 response groups, Mutual Aid groups, Good Neighbour schemes and villages to participate and showcase their community initiatives.  To be part of the celebrations simply download the online form here and enclose a supporting statement along with photos, videos or social media links that highlight how your group or village has supported your community during the pandemic. An example might be a lockdown video diary or photographs of foodbank volunteers delivering food parcels to neighbours.  Entrants can nominate what they believe to be their best example of community spirit.

All groups taking part will be invited to an evening of celebration hosted by Northamptonshire ACRE at the Hunsbury Hill Centre in Spring 2021 where they will be able to receive their Community Champions certificate and a copy of the Community Champions booklet.

Elaine O’Leary, Chief Executive of Northamptonshire ACRE said ‘As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we postponed the annual Northamptonshire Village Awards until next year. But we felt we wanted to mark this period of historic significance and showcase all the valuable work that so many are doing to support their community.  The Northamptonshire COVID-19 Community Champions will give us an opportunity to thank those volunteers who have continued to give support to the most vulnerable in our communities at a difficult time’.

The deadline for entries is 31st August 2020. They look forward to receiving your entry.

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