FUNDRAISING, running a sports club and simply helping a neighbour are just some of the fantastic things volunteers do in their community.

And to celebrate those who help in the community, the nominations for the Braintree District Volunteer Awards are now open.

It's held as part of National Volunteers Week and is the second year the event will be held by Braintree District Council, in partnership with Community 360.

Peter Tattersley, the Braintree Council member for health and communities, said: "These awards are one of our ways of thanking the exceptional people and groups for the incredible work they do within the community and who dedicate their time, skills and care day in and day out.

"If you know of somebody who is doing a great job in your community, nominate them for an award today and show them how much you appreciate their hard work."

National Volunteers Week will begin on June 1 and the awards up for grabs include one for young volunteer, inspirational role model and long service.

Awards for going the extra mile and volunteer groups are also available and the winner of each category will be considered for the overall Volunteer of the Year award.

Tracy Rudling, the chief executive officer of Community 360, said: "Volunteers are the lifeblood of the local community.

"The Braintree district volunteer awards is a small way to show appreciation to those who offer their skills, energy, empathy and time to ensure we have stronger neighbourhoods, resilient services and better connected communities."

Residents can nominate volunteers by or by calling 01376 552525 to receive a paper version.

The closing date for noon on May 4 and the nominations will be considered by a panel of judges.

The winners will be invited to an award ceremony held at Causeway House, Braintree on June 7.