With less than 2 months to go until the awards ceremony, we have upped the ante and put together an even bigger prize for our 2017 winners.
Those who win any of our 10 categories will not only receive a beautiful plaque to proudly display but we are also giving them a volunteer party pack, worth £500, full of goodies to create a fantastic party for you volunteers when you get back to your community.
Think banners, bunting, balloons, local produce, cake stand and more! We want it to be a big celebration for you and we would be delighted to see how you use your pack.
If you’re shortlisted you will receive 2 free tickets to attend our fantastic awards ceremony at St Bride Foundation in London on Wednesday 6th December, so enter now for your chance to be in the running for our amazing prizes!
Entries are free and only take a few minutes on our website form. We will be judging in November and we are so looking forward to seeing the entries from all the rural community co-operatives.
In 2016, Eddie Parsley, shop manager, was voted the UK winner in The People’s Choice Awards, one of the categories of Plunkett Foundation’s Rural Community Co-operative Awards, recognising the outstanding contribution he made to his community.
In the application, Alison Finnemore, chairman of the shop association, told us: “Eddie is caring, kind and efficient. He welcomes customers and makes each one feel special. He supports and trains volunteers. He really deserves this accolade. He is known as ‘The Face of The Shop’.”
‘The Shop’, as it is known, was opened in 2011 by John Bercow, MP, and it has played a vital role in reducing isolation for rural people, acting as a social hub and creating support networks for those who for one reason or another are disadvantaged, Eddie himself included.
When he was appointed manager of the shop in 2011, Eddie himself described this as ‘life-saving’. When Eddie applied for the manager role, he was recovering from brain cancer, and was suffering from depression and low self-esteem as a result of losing his job at a large supermarket chain. North Marston Shop committee spotted the potential of his wonderful caring character, combined with his excellent knowledge of food retail, and snapped him up.
When the winner was announced, Alison added: “This is a wonderful surprise! It is a great accolade for all who have worked so hard to provide the best of shops and support for our community. This award is for everyone who supports The Shop, and makes it such a special social hub.”
Entries for the Plunkett Foundation Community Co-operative Awards are now open!
Plunkett Foundation are calling for inspiring stories from their member communities in rural areas across the UK.
Entrants can complete an entry form on the website to submit their community co-operative as a contender as well as nominate someone special in their community for the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Hastoe Housing Association.
The deadline for entries is 27th October 2017 and the shortlist will be announced in November.
Plunkett Foundation are in the process of organising their fourth annual Awards ceremony, which will be sponsored by Hastoe Housing Association.
The event will take place in the historic, central London venue of St Bride Foundation on Wednesday 6th December and all shortlisted groups will be invited.
Awards will open for entrants on Friday 22nd September and there will be four weeks to get your entry in. Until then, entrants can do some preparation by reading the entry criteria and making a short video to go with their entry.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for each of the ten award categories, comprising of 9 UK regional awards and the People’s Choice Awards, which is voted on by members of the Plunkett Foundation.
For more information, contact Plunkett Foundation on 01993 810730.