Vote for town’s worthy community groups

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As in previous years, a Morpeth community accolade will be decided a public vote.

The Morpeth Civic Awards are organised annually by Morpeth Town Council to recognise outstanding community servants and organisations.

There are various gongs, including Townsperson of Morpeth, Achievement Award, Sport Award and Business Award.

Residents can vote for the Community Award, sponsored by Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre. Four organisations that have worked towards the benefit of the community have been put forward.

The accolades will be presented to the winners on May 11 at the council’s Annual Assembly in the Town Hall.

The four nominations received for the Community Award are as follows.

Wansbeck Valley Food Bank: It provides invaluable support to many people who are in such significant difficulty that they cannot afford to feed themselves and their families.

Without this service, these people would be in an even worse situation and the food bank is often the only service to which they identify themselves.

The work involved takes huge commitment and good organisational skills, plus a very human approach so that people feel welcomed, understood and not patronised.

Stobhill Community Link: It works closely with residents from the local area to create a stronger sense of community spirit and improved physical and economic conditions.

The team does a fantastic job with elderly, disabled and disadvantaged people and the community link runs many initiatives such as free use of computers and staff to help with job searches, creating and updating CVs, printing and copying.

There are volunteering opportunities for residents and Morpeth Community Allotment is due to open in the future.

Northumberland County Blind Association (NCBA): It has provided services to vision impaired people, their families and carers for more than 20 years and client feedback on services provided by NCBA has been hugely positive.

Despite losing services to a new provider in November 2014, it initiated a big re-evaluation of its offering and re-mapping the organisation’s future with a positive action plan.

NCBA has over 100 volunteers who provide a range of services such as IT and assistive technology introductory sessions, home visiting services, emotional counselling, volunteer drivers and 17 clubs and support groups for vision impaired people across the county.

Plan Preparation Group for the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan: This group showed a level of enthusiasm and dedication that was second to none.

The work undertaken was complex and comprehensive, demanding a level of input that could never have been achieved by the town and parish councils working alone.  

Despite all the analysis and documentation required for what was meant to be a ‘light touch’ approach, group members continued to do their utmost for the community, working many, many hours over weeks and months.

The public can select their favourite, on a one vote per person basis, between now and Sunday, April 24. They can vote online at www.morpeth-tc.gov.uk or sign the voting paper at the Town Hall.