Nominate your community hero

Published on: 30 Jan 2014

community heroes group shot 2013

DO you know any community heroes? Are there people in your area who work tirelessly, without pay, to make the world a better place?

If so, you now have the chance to ensure their work doesn’t go unnoticed.

Nominations are open for the Chair’s Community Awards 2014 which 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 May and people have until Friday March 21 to nominate their local ‘community heroes’.

Councillor Ian Boulton, chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, said the annual awards are one way of acknowledging the selfless work of others.

He said: “These awards give the council the perfect opportunity to celebrate the hard work and commitment of volunteers who dedicate their time to improve the lives of local people and bring South Gloucestershire’s communities together. 

“It’s important to pay tribute to these inspirational people, and over the years we’ve been honoured to tell so many fantastic stories of their courage, commitment and community spirit.

“I am looking forward to meeting everyone and congratulating them on all their hard work, so please nominate an unsung hero today.”

Last year’s event saw award winners from a wide variety of backgrounds presented with certificates. 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.

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.

You can nominate your community hero online at

Alternatively, call 01454 863019 or email

Deadline for nominations is Friday March 21 and the winners will be invited to a ceremony at the South Gloucestershire & Stroud College WISE campus in Filton on Sunday May 18.

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