The Who Will Care? Awards Return for 2017
Nominations are now open for the prestigious Who Will Care? Awards taking place on 24 May 2017. Seven award categories celebrate the unsung heroes volunteering across Essex. They bring together communities and individuals who are working to make Essex an even greater place to live, work and visit.
Nominate any business, charity or individual you feel deserves recognition for their volunteering efforts in our county, by filling in an online form.
Nominations close Friday 3 March 2017 at midnight. Read about last year’s winners here.
The awards bring together communities and individuals across Essex who are working to make Essex an even greater place to live, work and visit.
- The Business Award
For commercial organisations who have made an impact in their community.
- The Voluntary Community Service Award
Reflecting innovation or outstanding service delivery by a third sector organisation.
- Individual Volunteer Award (Young Person)
For volunteers aged under 18 who have demonstrated outstanding commitment within their community. This may be something they have done independently or in connection with a charity/community group or employer.
- Individual Volunteer Award (Adult)
For volunteers aged 18+ who have demonstrated outstanding commitment within their community. This may be something they have done independently or in connection with a charity/community group or employer.
- Individual Volunteer Award
For volunteers who have overcome adversity to contribute to a group or community despite the challenges they have faced.
- Volunteer Team Award
A group of two or more volunteers of any age who have made an outstanding contribution to their community either independently or with a charity, community group or their employer.
- Innovation Award
For social enterprises, commercial organisations and individuals who have demonstrated innovation to support the community.
Vishing Fraud Alert
Please be aware of recent fraud activity that is targeting businesses within our Region.
Fraudsters are ringing up company wage clerks/finance directors claiming to be from Barclay’s Fraud department and gaining permission to remotely access the victim’s computer system. This is on the pretence that their business account has been compromised. The victim opens up the bank account, the fraudster then transfers the money into what they state will be the company’s new, none compromised account. The funds are then automatically distributed in seconds. Total regional losses have exceeded £1 million.
Protect your company
- Do not be afraid to end cold calls.
- Do not to assume a caller is genuine just because they hold some information about you. Criminals may already have got hold of some basic information about a potential victim, such as a name, address and account details to try to make the call appear legitimate.
- If in any doubt hang up and call the bank yourself on numbers you know are genuine, however be sure to hang the phone up long enough to prevent the fraudster holding the line open.
- NEVER call the bank back on the number the caller provides you.
- The Bank will never call and ask for remote access to your computers or for passwords to access your accounts.
If you are a victim of “Vishing” call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online tool to report the fraud and receive a police crime reference number. DI 3159 Lee Morton Serious Economic Crime Unit