Community organisations from Palmerston North, Tararua, and Whanganui can share in an increased prize pool when entries for the Trustpower Community Awards open on Monday 5 March.
The first Trustpower Community Awards, which recognise and reward the efforts of volunteers, took place 25 years ago. Trustpower Community and Communications Advisor, Alice Boyd, says reaching this milestone inspired Trustpower to adopt a fresh approach – increasing prize money and widening the celebration to include neighbouring districts.
“Over the past year, we’ve met with Councils, attendees, past and present winners, and the wider community to find out what people value most about the Trustpower Community Awards, and what they think we can do better.
“While it’s clear that locals love the chance to celebrate the efforts of volunteers in their community, it’s no surprise that for many community organisations finances are a constant concern. That’s why we’ve increased the prize money available to Trustpower Community Awards recipients.
“This year, the prize money for a Trustpower Community Award will double to $1,000. Regional Supreme Winners will receive $2,000 – up from $1,500 last year – and a trip for two to the 2018 Trustpower National Community Awards.”
Boyd said the Trustpower National Community Awards, which bring together 25 Regional Supreme Winners from around New Zealand, had inspired another exciting change to the local awards.
“Every year, we’re reminded of the benefits of bringing together likeminded people from around the country to connect, collaborate and celebrate at the Trustpower National Community Awards. An idea that’s changing lives in one district can be implemented in another with great success. Groups are often connected with the perfect person, helping them bring a new idea to life or make a current one even better.
“Every group can have these same opportunities with their neighbouring districts. So this year, Palmerston North, Tararua, and Whanganui will celebrate their community spirit and the achievements of volunteers together at a shared event in Palmerston North. Each district will have its own Supreme Winner and award recipients, but the ideas and inspiration will extend out into the wider region.”
Boyd said host locations will alternate each year, and Trustpower will provide transport for groups from neighbouring districts.
The Trustpower Community Awards are run in partnership with the Palmerston North City, Tararua District, and Whanganui District Councils, and are open to all community organisations with a voluntary component.
Trustpower Community Award recipients are recognised for services to the community in areas including, but not limited to: Heritage and Environment; Health and Wellbeing; Arts and Culture; Sport and Leisure; Education and Child/Youth Development.
Anyone can enter a group – groups can even enter themselves.
Entries close Thursday 31 May