The Gateshead Award recognises the hard work and dedication of volunteers, carers, and everyone else who goes out of their way to make the borough a better place to live, work or visit.
Now in its fourth year, the award rewards those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in one of ten categories ranging from young carer of the year to sports coach of the year.
The public will vote for category winners from a short list selected by a specialist panel. The winners will be announced at the Gateshead Awards Ceremony on Monday 21 October 2013.
The closing date for nominations is Friday 19 July 2013.
To nominate an individual or organisation tell us why you think they deserve it and what makes them stand out from the crowd.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded to someone who has served their community continuously over a long period of time. (The winner of this award will be chosen by the panel)
Volunteer of the Year
Awarded to a volunteer who has made an exceptional contribution to their community.
Young Achiever of the Year (25 and under)
Awarded to a young person who has used their enthusiasm and dedication to achieve positive things
Voluntary Organisation of the Year
Awarded to an organisation that has made a valuable contribution to the life of Gateshead.
Carer of the Year (18 and over)
Awarded to a carer who has ‘gone above and beyond’ to support a relative or a friend who is ill, disabled, elderly or in need of emotional help.
Young Carer of the Year (under 18)
Awarded to a young person who supports someone they live with without any thought to themselves
Sports Club of the Year
Awarded to the club that has made significant progress, achievement, development, improvement or sporting success in the last 12 months.
Sports Coach of the Year
(open to voluntary and professional coaches)
Awarded to an individual coach who has achieved success in their role, given up their time for the benefit of sport in Gateshead over the past 12 months, or overcome adversity to develop in their coaching role.
Sports Achiever of the Year
Awarded to an individual aged 20 years and over who has shown commitment, effort and/or achieved sporting success in their chosen discipline, club or organisation.
Maureen Chaplin Young Sports Achiever of the Year (11-19 years)
Awarded to a young person who has shown commitment, effort and/or achieved sporting success in their chosen discipline, club or organisation
Last years winners were…
Linda Appleby…winner of our Sports Coach of the Year Award.
Linda has encouraged hundreds of young people to take up trampolining in her role as coach at Whickham School and at Scotswood Trampolining Club. Every year, she identifies teams to enter the National Schools Trampolining Finals.
Litebite Blaydon and Swalwell…winners of our Voluntary Organsiation of the Year Award
They ensure that isolated and vulnerable people can enjoy at least one meal in a sociable setting with other people by providing lunch one day a week.