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Judging is now taking place to identify three finalists from each of the four categories. The awards, which were held for the first time last year, recognise and celebrate voluntary work by individuals and organisations across the county.

Organisations and individual volunteers make a big contribution to the lives of people across North Yorkshire. The awards showcase the voluntary work undertaken by people to make their neighbourhoods better places to live in and to help the council to deliver critical services, such as providing social networks that reduce isolation and enable people to live independently for longer.

The panel of judges, including representatives from the council, volunteer organisations, employers and young people, will identify a maximum of three finalists from each of the four categories. All finalists will then be invited to an awards ceremony at the North Yorkshire Wider Partnership Conference on Friday, October 21.

Those shortlisted are:

Best community project

Chase Garth Park Project

Musical Memories Community Interest Company

Saxton Village Hall

Thirsk Yarnbombers

Best community group

Helmsley in Business

Scoff Café

The Bobbins Community Craft Centre/Beach Keepers

WHISH – Whitby Hidden Impairments Support and Help

Volunteer of the year

Ian Hedley

Jane Lishman

John Potter

Ruksana Mahmood

Susan Jackson

Young people volunteering award

Eastfield Youth Council

Joseph Banks

Ripon Museum Young Volunteers

Young Carers and Young Adult Carers Project

The chairman of the County Council, Councillor Val Arnold, said: “The awards demonstrate the valuable contribution so many people make to helping and supporting North Yorkshire’s residents of all ages.

“It was not an easy task to select a shortlist and the entries show how much hard work is put into helping communities in North Yorkshire.

‘‘There are hundreds of dedicated volunteers serving our many communities demonstrating a wealth of skills and caring to the benefit of those less fortunate and they deserve to receive our thanks.’’

The winner of each category will be awarded £1,000 for the relevant project, group or nominated local charity in the case of the volunteer awards. Two runners-up in each category will receive £250.

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