The Marlborough Community Awards are a partnership between Volunteer Marlborough and Marlborough District Council to recognise volunteer groups making valuable contributions in the community and collaborating or partnering with other groups for the same benefit.
Any not-for-profit group or organisation working in the interests of the community may be nominated.
The awards are to recognise past and current achievements acknowledging the role of volunteers in the governance and delivery of services.
Nominations must be made by completing the online form. Additional support information can be attached to individual nominations.
- The judging panel will consider the following factors:
- Effectiveness of activities/programmes/services
- Impact within the community
- Volunteer input – hours and numbers
- Numbers benefiting
Arts, Culture and Heritage – organisations and groups which enhance and increase participation in the arts, creative leisure activities, and heritage
Environment and Conservation – organisations and groups working to improve or revitalise the environment
Sport and Recreation – organisations and groups working to increase participation and enjoyment in physical sport, leisure activities, and recreational pursuits
Child/Youth Development – organisations and groups working to improve and enhance the educational and social development of children and young people
Community Social Services – organisations and groups working to improve and enhance the health and social well-being of our community
Marlborough Community Awards Winners 2021
Community/Social Services Category
Commendation – Good Bitches Baking
In the last 12 months Blenheim volunteers have delivered 7240 moments of sweetness to people in the community having a tough time. Baking is delivered to: Alzheimer’s Blenheim, Supporting Families Marlborough, Age Concern Marlborough, Assoc of Social Workers - Working with Homeless, Families, Cross Roads Marlborough, Women's Refuge Marlborough, Look Good, Feel Better and MS and Parkinson’s Support Groups. The baking is for the people these organisations support - eg in the family room at the hospice, morning tea at a support group, the safe house for the Women's refuge etc.
Commendation – Blenheim Lions
Dedicated to supporting the community , their Motto is " We Serve." They are a group of community volunteers who roll up their sleeves to help young people, the elderly, the ailing, the needy and the environment. The Blenheim Lions has been supporting the Marlborough Community for many years in a variety of ways.
Runner Up – Victim Support Marlborough
In the 12 months Victim Support Marlborough has responded to directly support 267 people. Serious situations require a trained volunteer Support Worker to contact a victim within 45 minutes. Their volunteers cover a 24/7 roster and are prepared to travel to meet the victim where ever required or via phone. For less serious cases Volunteer Support Workers make contact within 48 hours to provide excellent listening skills to triage a situation and provide appropriate emotional and practical support and information.
Winner – Citizens Advice Bureau Marlborough (CAB)
The CAB volunteers help people know and understand their rights and obligations and how to use this information to get the best outcomes, they provide people with the confidence and support they need to take action, and work for positive social change within communities and wider society, this is a free and independent service covering; Consumer rights, Employment and Business, Family and Personal, Government and Law, Health and Wellbeing, Housing, Land and Environment, Money, Travel and Transport. Their online service is available 24 hours.
Sport & Recreation Category
Joint Winners – Pine Valley Outdoor Centre and Moutere Rugby Club
Pine Valley Outdoor Centre aim to enable every primary school child in Marlborough the opportunity to camp in safe, rural environment at an affordable price, build their confidence and self-esteem and to appreciate the natural flora and fauna in the amazing backdrop of Mt Fishtail and with new initiatives in the way of pest trapping and wetland restoration.
Moutere Rugby Club was founded in 1906 and is one of the largest clubs in Tasman.
They provide participation and enjoyment in rugby for a range of ages and abilities, they run fully on volunteer support including committee members, coaches and team managers and maintain all aspects including irrigating, mowing the fields, kitting out all the players, and preparing and cooking after match food.
Child and Youth Development Category
Runner Up – Marlborough Youth Trust
Marlborough Youth Trust delivers events, opportunities and programs for youth in Marlborough. These include programmes such as CACTUS, Youth in Emergency Services, Youth in Employability programme. All of these programmes and the regular youth events would not be possible without the support of volunteers.
Winner – Life Education Trust
Life Education is a charitable trust that delivers a health programme to children in preschool, primary and intermediate schools. The aim is to inspire tam ariki and rangatahi to make positive choices and empower children with knowledge and confidence to make healthy decisions for themselves. Their vision is that children will reach their full potential and their philosophy focuses on the well-being and mental health of children.
Runner Up – Kaipupu Point Mainland Island Society
Kaipupu Point is a community project which aims to restore a 40 hectare 'mainland island' in Picton harbour and was established in 2006. Their passionate volunteers continue to carry out trapping and track clearing and maintenance, weeding, planting and guiding school groups and visitors to the sanctuary to maintain its pest free status for the safety and survival of native birds and plants.
Winner – Marlborough Four Paws Charitable Trust
Marlborough Four Paws was established three years ago a volunteer based organisation set up to actively promote desexing of animals to control the growing numbers of strays throughout the region and to assist struggling owners with responsible pet care. Trapping, desexing and homing abandoned and stray animals are just part of their day to day work
Special Award for Emerging Service
AOB – Motivation Art of Boxing
AOB – Motivation Art of Boxing is a rangatahi programme to support health, wellbeing, and mental health, with physical activity, including sessions to korero about the importance of school, and providing a safe environment for rangatahi to share how they are feeling and to acknowledge who they are and where they come from. With rangatahi have gone on to win Gold Medals in the South Island Novice Boxing Championships.