Nominate the best of the borough’s community champions

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Lord Mayor Alderman Glenn Barr is pictured at the launch of ABC Council’s Community Awards with Diane Stinson (Community Development), Roger Wilson (Chief Executive), Seamus McCrory (Director of Transformation and Head of Department: Community Development) and Nicola Mahood from The Executive Office which is funding the awards.
Lord Mayor Alderman Glenn Barr is pictured at the launch of ABC Council’s Community Awards with Diane Stinson (Community Development), Roger Wilson (Chief Executive), Seamus McCrory (Director of Transformation and Head of Department: Community Development) and Nicola Mahood from The Executive Office which is funding the awards.

Nominations are now officially open for Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Community Awards, which recognise and reward extraordinary individuals and groups who have made a positive difference to the lives of others in the borough. The deadline for nominations is 12 noon on Friday 18 February, and the awards ceremony will be held in Armagh City Hotel on Tuesday 22 March 2022.

People who reside and work in the council area are invited to nominate potential worthy winners from all parts of the borough and all walks of life. Perhaps you know a local group who has improved facilities in your area, a tireless charity fundraiser, a young person who has made a big difference in the borough, a community activist who has taken risks to improve community relations or a group that has carried out environmental improvements in their local area?

Speaking at the awards launch, Lord Mayor Alderman Glenn Barr said:

“This is the third time that the council is hosting these prestigious awards so that the unsung heroes of the local community, who work in a voluntary capacity, can be publicly applauded for the incredible work they do.

“These awards are our way of thanking exceptional people and groups for the tremendous work they do within the community. It is an opportunity for us to officially recognise the commitment and effort of those who demonstrate outstanding citizenship.

“The wealth of wonderful work undertaken by groups and individuals operating in the borough’s thriving community and voluntary sector will be reflected across eleven award categories, so there’s plenty of scope for making these awards as inclusive as possible. I would encourage the public to get involved and nominate their chosen community champions.”

Nicola Mahood from The Executive Office, which is funding the Community Awards, said:

“The Executive Office is proud to support the launch of the Community Awards through the District Council Good Relations Programme.

“It is very important to recognise community groups and individuals who have worked extremely hard to deliver services and projects across the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area.”

Groups can be nominated in eight categories: Age Friendly Award; Youth Champion Award; Innovation Award; Equality and Good Relations Award; Health & Wellbeing Award; Community Eco Award; Step up and Stand Out Award; and Community Safety Award.

Individuals can be nominated in three categories: Volunteer of the Year; Lifetime Achiever Award; and Under 18 Youth Volunteer Award.

Visit www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/communityawards to find out more about the award categories and to submit your nomination form by the closing date of 12 noon on Friday 18 February 2022. Nominations will be considered by an awards committee and the winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony held in Armagh City Hotel on Tuesday 22 March 2022.