People who make a real difference in our community praised at awards

The winners of the Northamptonshire Community Foundation awards
The winners of the Northamptonshire Community Foundation awards

The winners of the annual Northamptonshire Community Foundation awards were revealed at a gala evening at the Royal Theatre.

The event, sponsored by The University of Northampton and Rathbones Investment, also marked the 15th anniversary of the foundation.

Amarjit Singh Atwal (runner-up in The Lady Juliet Townsend Award for Volunteering) NNL-160710-082406001

Amarjit Singh Atwal (runner-up in The Lady Juliet Townsend Award for Volunteering) NNL-160710-082406001

Twenty groups from across Kettering, Corby, Daventry and Northampton were up 
for an award across six categories: Lifetime Achievement Award, Edge Award, Best Newcomer Award, Trailblazer Award, Brilliant Group Award and the High Sheriff Initiative Award.

In memory of Lady Juliet Townsend, past Patron of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Lady Juliet’s husband John Townsend presented a special award for volunteering.

The nominations highlighted the outstanding commitment, passion and energy given by the volunteers 
and their value to the community groups they support. 
The winner of this award Yvonne Orland has been a 
volunteer at Home-Start Northampton for 34 years. Amarjit Singh Atwal was 
highly commended for the award for his work at Sikh Community Centre and Youth Club.

The foundation announced the winners of its Capture the Moment photography competition, launched as part of its anniversary celebrations. 
The foundation asked the people of Northamptonshire to enter a photograph that they believe represents their community and reflects their experience of life in Northamptonshire. With a fantastic response and over 70 entries the 
winner of the Judges’ Choice Award was Barry Richardson with his photo of Braunston Canal.

David Laing presents the Northampton Capture the Moment Award to Ria Farmer

David Laing presents the Northampton Capture the Moment Award to Ria Farmer

The winner of the People’s Choice Award was also revealed, this award was open to the public on Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s Facebook page to choose their People’s Choice Winner out of all 75 photo entries from the competition.

Ria Farmer’s photograph was crowned the People’s Choice Winner with her
 photo receiving a total of 193 likes.

Performances by the Masque Theatre entertained the guests who saw the winners take to the stage.

These included a refuge for women experiencing domestic abuse, a service providing Moses baskets to women who are struggling financially, a resource centre for recyclable goods, a film group 
created to promote and encourage the creation of moving image and a community centre and youth club that provides quality services to the Sikh, local and wider communities.

The Lady Juliet Townsend Award for Volunteering - Yvonne Orland

The Lady Juliet Townsend Award for Volunteering - Yvonne Orland

The University of Northampton generously sponsored the event for the third year and Professor Nick Petford, 
Vice Chancellor of The University of Northampton said: “I am delighted that the University is the key sponsor of these Awards and of an evening 
that recognises and celebrates the achievements of so 
many organisations and individuals.

“The University of
 Northampton’s Mission is to transform lives and inspire change - everyone nominated in these awards has exemplified this aspiration and, through their passion, commitment and dedication, made a significant positive impact on their local community”.

Judges included Liam Condron from Age UK, Hassan Shah of SP Law, Hazel Kouzaris from Always a Chance, Sandra Bell, trustee Northamptonshire Community Foundation and High Sheriff, Mrs Caroline Brocklehurst.

Here are all the winners from the night:

John Townsend

John Townsend

Best Newcomer Award sponsored by Stanair

Winner: Baby Basics – Northampton

Set up by four mums this group provides Moses baskets full of essential items for mums who find themselves’ struggling financially at this critical time.

The Edge Award sponsored by Santander Northampton

Winner: EVE Northampton

Offering safe refuge accommodation Eve provides a programme for survivors of domestic abuse.

Rural Enterprises CIC (The High Sheriff Initiative Award)

Rural Enterprises CIC (The High Sheriff Initiative Award)

Trailblazer Award sponsored by Bambino Mio

Winner – Phoenix Resource Centre

Established in 2009 to promote and practice re-use, recycling and waste reduction in a variety of ways this
 groups collects surplus, unwanted, damaged stock from industry which is redistributed to members from the 
centres, to partner projects, food banks and abroad as 
Aid.

The Brilliant Group Award Sponsored by The Wilson Foundation

Winner – The Film Lab Northampton

A Northampton-based group that works with local artists and film-makers providing support and help by building an audience and using its network of contacts to build the local film community.

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Gorell Barnes

Winner: Sikh Community Centre and Youth Club

This community centre and youth club is an innovative and strong forefront organisation that provides quality services to the Sikh, local 
and wider communities through a host of structured services to all ages and backgrounds.

The High Sheriff Initiative Award

Winner: Green Acres Rural Enterprises CIC

Based in Daventry this group helps young people develop life skills through growing and cooking their own food and work skills 
by learning how to run a 
small enterprise.

The Lady Juliet Townsend Award for Volunteering

Winner: Yvonne Orland, a volunteer at Home- Start Northampton.

Capture the Moment The Judges’ Choice Award supported by Digital SLR Photography

Winner: Barry Richardson.

Capture the Moment The People’s Choice Award supported by Digital SLR Photography

Winner: Ria Farmer.

Sikh Community Centre and Youth Club (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Sikh Community Centre and Youth Club (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Sandra Bell (Trustee)

Sandra Bell (Trustee)

Chief executive of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Victoria Miles

Chief executive of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Victoria Miles

The host for the evening, BBC Northampton's John Griff

The host for the evening, BBC Northampton's John Griff