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Awards recognise community's unsung heroes

Middlesbrough's unsung heroes will be recognised in the town's 2020 Civic Community Awards.

And local people have the opportunity to put forward those they want to see recognised for their contribution to the town.

Launched last year, the first Civic Community Awards attracted more than 100 nominations for the extraordinary people, communities and businesses whose tireless support for friends, neighbours and the whole town makes Middlesbrough such a great place to live.

The awards - which build on Middlesbrough's prestigious Citizen of the Year Award - are recognition of those who make key contributions to the town's community spirit, growth and regeneration.

There are six main categories, with awards presented to individuals, community organisations and businesses:

  • Improving Employment Opportunities
  • Improving Health and Wellbeing
  • Helping People to Improve their Educational and Vocational Capability
  • Making People Happier
  • Making Physical Improvements to our Neighbourhoods
  • Citizen of the Year

Judging panels in each category will comprise senior Middlesbrough Councillors and officers, representatives from Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency (MVDA) and the award sponsor.

The annual Citizen of the Year Award will go to an individual - an unsung hero or inspirational community leader - who has gone the extra mile to make a difference for others and improve the life of the town.

The 2020 Awards Ceremony will take place at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Thursday, April 23.

Middlesbrough Council Chief Executive Tony Parkinson said: "We know there are amazing people, groups and businesses in Middlesbrough, but we were still bowled over by the response to last year's inaugural Civic Community Awards.

"The Awards are a chance for the town to celebrate those whose tireless support for friends, neighbours and communities makes Middlesbrough such a great place to live.

"I'm looking forward to hearing this year's inspirational stories that will create new perceptions of our town, and develop the pride and ambition that will help our communities thrive and prosper."

Nominations can cover an array of contributions to life in Middlesbrough, from helping out neighbours in need to coaching a local sports team, from volunteering at youth or community groups to organising or funding local activities and community events.

Nominations for the 2020 Middlesbrough Civic Community Awards are now open, with a closing date of Friday, March 20.

For more information - including how to make nominations - visit the Civic Awards page, email julie_lewis@middlesbrough.gov.uk, or call 01642 727728.