Time to nominate your local ‘community hero’

Photo of David Baker receiving his award. Photo of Alfred Sollars receiving his award.

Would you like to thank a volunteer who has gone the extra mile? Nominations are now open for the South Gloucestershire Council Chair’s Community Awards 2019.

The annual awards recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution local unpaid volunteers and community groups make to life in South Gloucestershire.

The next celebration of community work and volunteering takes place in April and you have until Thursday 28th February to nominate your local ‘community heroes’.

Suggestions for nominations include individuals and groups who have contributed to community development, promoting equality, arts, sports, play, environment, working with older or young people, advice and advocacy or someone who has 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.

Council chair Cllr Rachael Hunt said:

“Our Community Awards have been running since 2003 to celebrate the contribution local people make to life in South Gloucestershire and since then over 400 people have received an award.”

“During my year as chair of the council it has been an absolute honour to meet so many people from across our area who work tirelessly, and without financial reward, for the benefit of their communities. These awards are a small way to recognise the importance of volunteering and to thank a few of our local community heroes.”

“I am really looking forward to seeing this year’s nominations and hearing about all the wonderful work going on in South Gloucestershire.”

You can nominate your community hero online at www.southglos.gov.uk/communityawards

If you are unable to access the internet or have any questions, please call 01454 863019.

Any supporting documents or forms can be sent to: Member Services, Community Awards, South Gloucestershire Council, PO Box 1953, Bristol BS37 0DB.

All award winners will be invited to a prestigious awards ceremony in April.

Photos – Local winners of Chair’s Community Awards in 2018: 1 (l-r) Cllr Ian Blair, David Baker (Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group) and Sara-Jane Watkins. 2 (l-r) Cllr Ian Blair, Alfred Sollars (Royal British Legion, Patchway) and Sara-Jane Watkins. Read more…

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 26). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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