RHINOS SHORTLISTED FOR BIG DIFFERENCE AWARD 2006

Leeds Rhinos Community team, sponsored by Cravendale, will find out on 6 April if they have won a Big Difference Award, given to organisations who have changed lives.

Leeds Rhinos Community team, sponsored by Cravendale, will find out on 6 April if they have won a Big Difference Award, given to organisations and individuals who have changed the lives of local people and their communities. The Rhinos have been shortlisted alongside two other organisations in the Third Sector Enterprises category, who will all attend a ceremony at the Queens Hotel, Leeds, to find out who will join The Big Difference Awards Roll of Honour 2006. Fay Selvan, chief executive of The Big Life Company which hosts the awards, said: "Each year when we launch the Big Difference Awards I’m inspired by the nominations we receive and this year has been no exception. The judges have had to make tough decisions to choose which projects should be shortlisted. For everyone at the awards, the evening is an opportunity to celebrate these successes and to remember the impact these achievements have on people’s lives." Last year’s winners included Yorkshire Water, Leeds Street Outreach Team and Thomas Danby College. Commenting on the nomination, Peter Todd from the Rhinos Cravendale Community Programme said, "This nomination is great recognition of all the hard work that is done by all our community team in Leeds and the surrounding area. As a company we are very aware of our responsibility to use our high standing in the local community to deliver services and activities for the benefit of the community with our main objectives being to support Health and Well Being, Education, Social Inclusion, Community Cohesion and Culture." The Big Difference Awards in the Yorkshire/Humberside are supported by Yorkshire Forward. Helen Thomson from Yorkshire Forward said: "We are really pleased to be sponsoring the Big Difference Awards in Leeds once again this year. It’s always a great event and the work of The Big Life Company is something that we are proud to be associated with." Projects shortlisted for this year’s awards are: Corporates/ Large Businesses – businesses with more than 250 employees BBC and JCP Partnership Q-Park Ltd ITV Yorkshire Small/Medium Businesses – businesses with less than 250 employees Igen Leeds Careers i to I Leeds Mencap Third Sector Enterprises – voluntary organisations, community groups and charities Self Help Initiatives Project Leeds Rhinos Martin House Public Sector Organisations – local service providers including local education: schools, colleges, universities, local authorities, local health authorities, regional development agencies The Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust Humberside Police, Vulnerable Children Fund,Galaxy Radio Metro (West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive) The winners of the 2006 Yorkshire Awards will be announced at The Queens Hotel, Leeds, on Thursday 6 April.