Nominations have opened for residents to put forward their local heroes in Blaby District Council’s special Community Awards.
Following a difficult 18 months for the country, communities and voluntary groups, the Council has been keen to find a way of honouring local people of all ages and community groups who make a positive difference to the district.
Three categories are open for nominations until Wednesday 15 September 2021:
- Volunteer of the Year
- Young Volunteer of the Year
- Community Group of the Year
Both Volunteer and Young Volunteer of the Year will honour people who have given up their time to help others in the Blaby District community. Their efforts can include volunteering at a club or group, or supporting an individual or improving the district. The winner of both categories will receive £100, with the runners up getting £50.
£750 will also be given to a chosen community group selected by the Volunteer and Young Volunteer winners, with £500 cash available for a group chosen by the runners-up.
The Community Group of the year category recognises groups or organisations that have improved the quality of life for residents within the District of Blaby. £1000 is up for grabs for the winning group, whilst the runner up will receive £500.
Councillor Sharon Coe, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing, Community Engagement and Business Support, said “The Community Awards are our way of honouring the volunteers and voluntary groups who have done so much in their community, particularly since the pandemic hit.
“Funding for the individual awards has kindly been donated by Central England Co-operative and BHIB Charities Insurance. The group prizes are being funded by proceeds from the Love Blaby Lottery. We can think of no better way of using this money than to ensure it’s given back to the local community to support their activities and voluntary efforts.
“If you know a person or group who has done something extraordinary to improve people’s lives, please nominate and let us know!”
Anyone interested in nominating can find out more and nominate online by visiting www.blaby.gov.uk/community-awards or request a paper form at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0116 272 7566