Volunteers and groups who make a positive difference to their communities have been recognised at an award ceremony.
Two-hundred people attended the ceremony at The Guildhall on January 29, co-ordinated by Bath and North East Somerset Council.
The annual awards are organised in partnership with the Volunteer Centre, Bath and North East Somerset, social housing provider Curo, and the Student Community Partnership.
Volunteers from Foodcycle, based at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Julian Road, cooked and served food at the event.
The evening also saw the launch of a new song called You give it all to raise money for the Volunteer Centre.
Produced and written by Simon Allen, Liberal Democrat councillor for Radstock, it can be downloaded from all major retailers for 79p.
The following volunteers and groups received an award on the evening:
Lifetime achievement award: Squadron Leader Brian Higgins, who has volunteered for over 60 years.
Chairman’s Special Awards: Awarded to Richard Cox and Matt Humberstone.
Volunteer of the Year: Sheila Bunt.
Young Volunteer of the Year: Nancy Appleton from Peasedown St John volunteers.
Volunteer Leader: Judith Chubb Whittle.
Young Volunteer Leader: Emma Hildesley, Bath Spa University.
Volunteer Team: The Hive, Clutton
Young Volunteer Team: Youth Café, Twerton
Good Neighbours Team: Bath Spa Students’ Union Buddy Team 2014
Neighbourhood Team: Paulton Library Hub volunteers
Business in the Community: Rachael’s Bath Community Shop, Twerton.
Innovative Community Awards: Bath Hacked Steering Group and Engineers without Borders
Council chairman Martin Veal said: “We received 79 nominations from which eight individuals and eight teams have been selected as winners.
“I would like to congratulate all of them for the work they do in their communities for the benefit of others.”