Liberal Democrat Sutton has a proud record of community involvement, and once again this year the search is on for the people who make a real difference to their area.
Sutton Council is asking residents across the borough to nominate people they feel should receive the recognition and acclaim they deserve for the work they do.
The 2016 Community Awards are now open in five categories to anyone who lives, works, studies or volunteers in the borough. The awards are seen as a positive way of recognising and thanking the borough residents who, whether as volunteers, carers, charity workers, club and event organisers or good neighbours, make a positive difference to people’s lives in Sutton.
For example, last year Tracey Collins received the Safer Borough Award for lobbying tirelessly on road safety by campaigning for a safer road layout in Hackbridge.
Tracey said: “Winning the Safer Borough Award gave me a real sense of achievement as it came after 18 months of hard work with the community, the council and Sutton councillors to make the Hackbridge area better and safer for everyone.
“I am sure that most Sutton residents know someone who deserves one of the community awards, so I would urge everyone in the borough to nominate the men and women in the borough who have been a real inspiration to them.”
The five categories for nominations are:
- Safer Borough Award: Given for outstanding service to the borough by keeping Sutton safe.
- Improving Lives Award: Made a difference to people’s lives by going the extra mile.
- Community Spirit Award: Brought the community together through community events, clubs or project.
- Business in the Community Award: Increased prosperity, employment or access to the borough through business initiative.
- Outstanding Achievement Award: Brought credit to the borough through outstanding achievement – for example, academic, sporting, artistic or cultural.
Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said: “The awards depend on nominations from Sutton residents,so if you know someone on your street who does good things for their community, whether as carers, volunteers, community organisers, charity workers or as a helpful neighbour, then please nominate them.”
Nominations can be made online at www.sutton.gov.uk/communityawards, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by picking up a freepost nomination form at any local library, the Civic Offices, or other council or partner building.
Residents can make as many nominations as they like, and the closing date is Sunday 8 January 2017.