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Nominate Now For Mayor’s Award To Honour Coronavirus Community Action

Published on: 22 Jan, 2021
Updated on: 22 Jan, 2021

People are being urged to nominate others who do great things in the Guildford community (particularly during the pandemic) for an award.

The 2021 Mayor’s Award for Service to the Community will specifically honour those who have helped during this unprecedented past year.

Nominations are now open to recognise the contribution of people who have gone out of their way to improve the lives of others, foster good relationships and encourage positive community spirit.

The awards are hosted by Guildford Borough Council and it has announced there will be a new ‘community heroes award’ this year to celebrate groups whose activities have supported residents affected by the pandemic.

If you know someone or a group who fits this description, you can nominate them by completing an online form. Alternatively, you can send an email to: CivicSecretary@guildford.gov.uk or call 01483 444031.

The deadline for nominations is coming soon – Friday, February 5. Successful nominees will be invited to attend an awards event which, the council has said, depending on social distancing guidelines, may be a virtual celebration.

David Rose from Voluntary Action South West Surrey, the charity that helps people find volunteer roles and supports groups and organisations who require them, said: “With the many organisations, community groups and people we have supported over the past year, not to forget the hundreds of people we have assisted who have wanted to volunteer and help out, we have seen some fantastic work being done in our local communities.

“We always nominate people or groups for this award and will do so this year. However, I urge others to do the same. The online form is straightforward, or you can email or phone the council’s civic secretary who will help.

“Although there was a slight increase in those receiving this award last year, there has been a trend over the past few years of the number of people and organisations being nominated and awarded falling by 50%.

“I believe it is important this time around that as many people as possible are recognised and offered the award. I realise that some may not wish to accept it as they do not want the recognition and prefer to ‘get on with doing what they do’.

“Note the council’s deadline for nominations – it’s not long, Friday, February 5.”

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