Nominations now open for South Gloucestershire Council Chair’s Community Awards
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Calling all community heroes! Nominations are now open for the South Gloucestershire Council Chair’s Community Awards 2016.
The annual awards recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution local unpaid volunteers make to life in South Gloucestershire.
This year’s celebration of community work and volunteering takes place in March and you have until Sunday 31 January to nominate your local ‘community heroes’.
Suggestions for nominations include those who have contributed to community development, promoting equality, arts, sports, play, environment, working with older or young people, advice and advocacy or have simply been a good neighbour. From charity fundraisers to local football club managers, sports coaches and arts festival organisers, these awards have seen South Gloucestershire Council honour the dedication and commitment of hundreds of unsung heroes across the district.
Chair of South Gloucestershire Council Cllr Erica Williams said: “Our Community Awards have been running since 2003 to celebrate the contribution local people make to life in South Gloucestershire and over 400 people have received an award since they started.
“It is really important to recognise the dedication of the many volunteers that give up their own time to bring our communities together and improve the lives of local people. These awards offer a great way to celebrate their hard work and commitment.
“I am really looking forward to seeing this year’s nominations and hearing about all the wonderful work going on in South Gloucestershire communities, so please nominate your unsung hero today.”
Last year’s event saw award winners from a wide variety of backgrounds presented with certificates by the previous chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Howard Gawler, Principal and Chief Executive of South Gloucestershire & Stroud College, Kevin Hamblin and Vice Principal Sara-Jane Watkins. The Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, also attends the awards ceremony and selects one of the winners to receive a special Lord Lieutenant’s Award.
The deadline for nominations is Sunday 31 January. All award winners will be invited to a prestigious awards ceremony in March.
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