Doncaster CVS recongnises the hard work of the voluntary and community sector

Individuals and organisations from Doncaster’s voluntary and community sector have been honoured at an awards ceremony.

The charities support group, Doncaster CVS, held its second awards ceremony to recognise the hard work and achievements of workers.

Over 200 people from across South Yorkshire attended the organisation’s Community and Voluntary Sector Awards event.

Norma Wardman, director of Doncaster CVS: said: “We’ve been at the core of Doncaster’s thriving community and voluntary sector for 71 years and it was fantastic to welcome a record number of people to our awards.

“Our second Community & Voluntary Sector Awards have brought together so many of Doncaster’s community groups, social enterprises and volunteers to celebrate their incredible achievements. We received 74 nominations this year and every single one deserved an award, the judges had a very tough job this year selecting the winners.”

The Free Press sponsored the Community Group of the Year award, which was voted for by our readers, and was won by Cavy Corner Guinea Pig Sanctuary.

The sanctuary was set up in 2008 to care for abused, abandoned, neglected and unwanted guinea pigs.

The staff there care for the animals and then, when they are well enough, find them a new home.

Sue Tate, founder of the sanctuary and volunteer, said: “Thank you to all those who voted and a huge thank you to CVS for their incredible support.

“Cavy Corner is about so much more than the animals we rescue, it’s about our volunteers, who we really couldn’t do this without. We have about 50 volunteers, who are all unpaid.

“The sanctuary was never planned, it happened with the rescue of a few guinea pigs and went from there.

“In summer this year we became a fully registered charity and received a £50,000 grant which will go towards a new purpose-built building, so this is the perfect end to the year.

“We are really proud to accept this award.”

The awards, which were all unique, were made by volunteers from Artistic Spectrum, winner of the Most Inspiring Organisation of the Year Award.

Emma Wilson. project leader for the charity, said: “As we created the awards, it’s really good to be taking one home with us.

“All the awards were made from recycled materials, such as the clay we found in Doncaster.”

The event was sponsored by the Free Press, Sine FM accountants Smith Craven.

The other award winners were:

1) Social Enterprise of the Year (sponsored by Business Doncaster) - Austerfield Study Centre

2) Community Group of the Year (voted by Doncaster Free Press readers) - Cavy Corner Guinea Pig Sanctuary

3) Registered Charity of the Year (sponsored by Taylor Bracewell) - Doncaster Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Service (DRASACS)

4) Senior Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Age UK) - Florence Hankinson from DIAL

5) Young Volunteer (sponsored by BDO) - Hannah Sigsworth from Doncaster Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Service

6) Training Provider of the Year (sponsored by Doncaster Chamber) - Ignition Autos Community Garage & Training Centre

7) Most Inspiring Individual (sponsored by Doncaster Mind) - Sue Rose

8) Most Inspiring Organisation (sponsored by Beta Technology) - Artistic Spectrum

9) Most Innovative Project (sponsored by IFS Corporate Solutions) - Ignition Autos Community Garage & Training Centre

10) Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by Doncaster CVS) - Jan Milner