Volunteers are at the heart of every community – dedicating hours of time and energy every year to making their community a better place to live, Trustpower understands that, which is why we celebrate and reward volunteers through our Community Awards programme.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE TRUSTPOWER COMMUNITY AWARDS?
Any voluntary group or volunteer- based not-for-profit organisation working in the interests of their community can be entered in the Trustpower Community Awards.
The Awards are based on activities undertaken in the previous 12 months. Entries that focus on future activities or the work of an individual volunteer will not be considered.
(For information on how to recognise the work of individual volunteers please contact your local Council.)
WHO CAN ENTER A GROUP FOR THE AWARDS?
ANYONE! And best of all it only takes a few minutes! Entries must be made on the official form.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Groups and organisations that have been entered into the Trustpower Community Awards will be contacted to complete an Information Form which allows the group to outline their contribution to the community. These groups or organisations are only eligible forjudging once the Information Form has been submitted. Information Forms can be completed online or they can be downloaded at www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards
Please ensure the Information Form is completed by a group member with relevant experience and knowledge of the group.
WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES?
The Trustpower Community Awards are divided into five categories, listed below. On the Information Form, groups need to select ONE category to be judged in. If, in the view of the judges, an entry meets the criteria for consideration under another category, the judges reserve the right to transfer the entry to that category.
Heritage & Environment
Improve and revitalise the local environment, culture or heritage
Health & Wellbeing
Provide services that enhance the health and social wellbeing of people.
Arts & Culture
Enhance and increase participation in arts and creative leisure activities or improve community culture.
Sport & Leisure
Increase participation and/or enjoyment in physical sport, leisure activities and recreational pursuits or provide support to participants.
Education & Child/Youth Development
Improve and enhance the education of the community, or the educational or social development of children and youth.
The winner of each category will receive $500 and a framed certificate and the runner-up will receive $250 and a framed certificate. The Supreme Winner receives $1,500, a framed certificate, a trophy held for one year and an all-expenses paid trip for two representatives to participate in the Trustpower National Community Awards.
The judges reserve the right to not award prizes in the case of there being no suitable entries.
HOW ARE THE AWARDS JUDGED?
A panel made up of Trustpower, local Council and community representatives judge the entries. The key criteria considered by the judges are:
- Volunteer Input – volunteering involvement, commitment and passion
- Use of Resources – cost effectiveness and service/project sustainability
- Initiative and Creativity – innovation, capacity to overcome difficulties or face challenges
- Effectiveness of Activities – success of service/project, achievement of objectives
- Impact – benefit of service/ project on targeted audience and/ or community
The decisions of the judges will be final. Representatives of the entered organisations and the person who entered them in the Awards will be invited to attend the Awards function, which will be held approximately six weeks after entries close.