Mayor’s search for community heroes
Do you know of anyone who deserves a civic award?
Unsung community heroes from across Dudley borough are set to be honoured in the annual Mayor’s Civic Awards.
The awards honour those people who work tirelessly in their communities in one or more of the six categories.
Dudley Council has teamed up with Cougar Monitoring who are hosting the prestigious search, and other local businesses have stepped forward to support the awards by sponsoring each of the six categories.
This year a new business category has been added to celebrate the work of local firms who go above and beyond in their area, or who have shown great innovation. The Mike Holder award for business is named after one of the founders of Cougar Monitoring, the sponsors of the award.
The award will join the other five categories, which are also named after borough greats, including Duncan Edwards award for sport, sponsored by Sanders & Co Solicitors, the Cedric Hardwicke award for arts sponsored by Birmingham Metropolitan College, the Frank Foley award for community spirit sponsored by Castle & Crystal Credit Union, the Thomas Attwood award for education which is sponsored by Computeach and the William Shenstone award for environment, sponsored by Marketing Force.
There is also be a seventh trophy, the Mayor’s Award, which will be decided by a public vote next month (February). Mayor, Councillor Alan Finch, will choose four people or groups he feels have stood out to him on his civic engagements so far in his Mayoral year.
The public will then have the chance to vote online for the winner. Nominations cannot be put forward for this particular award. A judging panel will decide the other six categories.
Nominations for this year’s awards are now open and people will be able to put names forward until Monday 17 February.
Councillor Alan Finch, Mayor of Dudley, said:
“The Mayor’s Civic Awards is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the work of the people who work tirelessly in their communities for the good of the borough.
“Every year we are reminded of the hugely important work these people do, and I hope we can go some way to saying thank you to them this year through these awards.”
The winners and runners-up will be presented with their prize – a trophy and a certificate by the Mayor of Dudley at a civic ceremony in April.
People can nominate online at www.dudley.gov.uk/civicawards or can pick up a nomination form from libraries and leisure centres across the borough from early next week. Alternatively contact communications and public affairs on 01384 817449 for a form.
Completed forms should be sent to Mayor’s Civic Awards nominations, communications and public affairs, Dudley Council, FREEPOST MID22308, Dudley, DY1 1BR by 17 February.