An awards evening will take place virtually next Thursday (26th) to honour those who do great work to make Stafford Borough a better place to live, work and visit.
Thirty people, businesses and organisations were shortlisted for this year’s Borough Council ‘Community Awards.’ The awards are now in their fourth year and recognise the efforts of local people, businesses, schools and other groups that help to support and improve the community.
And, next Thursday night, the winners will be announced in the categories of Community Action, Environmental Improvement, Social Wellbeing and Local Hero – as well as a new category this year to recognise sporting achievements in the borough.
Normally the ceremony would be held in a packed Rising Brook Church with civic dignitaries, councillors, nominees, and award sponsors in attendance. But Covid-19 rules mean the event will be held online with the public able to follow the winners being announced via YouTube.
The councillor overseeing the awards said they were pleased to see many nominations from those who had helped others during the pandemic.
The winners will be announced at the online event from 6pm on Thursday (26 November) and can be accessed from Youtube.
Nominations were open to all people, groups and organisations operating within the borough with projects that have been running during the last 12 months. Last year’s winners included Stafford Litter Heroes, Rising Brook Baptist Church and young Imani Al-Khaldi, who set up a community fridge scheme.
Councillor Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities and Health, said: “This has been a year without parallel for anyone in our communities. But in the face of such adversity we have seen so many individuals, volunteers, groups and businesses stand up and be counted in so many different ways.
“I knew that individual efforts and the voluntary sector were strong in Stafford and the surrounding areas but what’s been delivered in 2020 has been humbling and we celebrate such sacrifices from so many.
“They have looked after vulnerable neighbours, they have supplied important resources, they have set up support groups, food delivery operations or just made themselves available to anyone who needed help.
“I’m pleased this has been recognised in the nominations from our community. It has been an extremely difficult task determining the winners - because they are all deserving of our heartfelt thanks, recognition, respect and praise.”
He added: “Unfortunately, the national lockdown means we cannot bring them all together to thank them face to face in a ceremony to properly recognise their achievements – but I hope every one of them will realise how much we value everything they do for us and for the community.
More information from www.staffordbc.gov.uk/communityawards
Press Release No 5696