Nominate community champions for annual awards

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2019

Residents are being asked to nominate the unsung heroes of their communities as part of a celebration event being organised by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

The authority will be holding its fourth annual event to celebrate efforts made by people who go above and beyond the call of duty (ABCD) to help their local community. This could include fundraising, helping neighbours, and litter picking.

The council is also looking for nominations for the best kept gardens in the city.

All finalists will be invited to the celebrations on Tuesday, November 26 in Harold Clowes Hall at Bentilee Neighbourhood Centre.

There will be four awards in the ABCD category – two for people aged under 25 and two for people aged 25 and over.

There will also be two awards for people who have made a ‘Continuous Community Achievement’.

Best kept garden nominations can be for council or private properties, and could be for a potted terraced yard, communal space, or well-established garden.

Council tenants and private tenants and homeowners are eligible to be nominated in all the categories.

Councillor Randy Conteh, the city council’s cabinet member for communities and safer city, said: “These awards are a really important way of saying thank you to all our residents for going that extra mile.

“We want to celebrate the efforts made by the unsung heroes who take time to make their communities a better place – but maybe don’t get the recognition they deserve. So I would encourage as many people as possible to put forward nominations for all of the categories.”

Council tenant Maureen Rooney, from Boon Avenue in Penkhull, who was a runner-up in last year’s garden competition, said: “When I moved into my bungalow the garden was a mess and it took a lot of hard work to get it to where it is now – I had to get help from friends.

“But now when I look out of my window I can see a beautiful garden.

“The competition is a lovely idea and is great for community spirit – it encourages people to take pride in where they live.

“Areas that look nice make the city look nice.”

All nominations must be received by the council by Monday, September 2.

To make a nomination contact Linda Davies on 01782 238969 or by emailing linda.adavies@stoke.gov.uk; or Michael Lockett on 01782 235783 or michael.lockett@stoke.gov.uk.

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