The search is on for the unsung heroes of the West Midlands who are making a difference to other people’s lives.
Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street today launched the region’s first Community Champion awards, calling on residents to nominate someone who has made a significant contribution to their local area.
Organised by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), the aim of the awards is to shine a light on how the wide-ranging community work in the West Midlands is bringing people from different backgrounds together.
Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street with youngsters from Harborne Cricket Club, ahead of the Mayor's intergenerational Cricket Cup last September. Picture courtesy of Ravi Masih, Warwickshire County Cricket Club
Anyone can nominate an individual living in the WMCA area who they feel has had a positive impact on their community.
The Mayor said: “In our Faith Action Plan, I pledged that we would recognise people of all faiths and none who are making their local communities stronger and more resilient.
“There are so many outstanding people in the West Midlands who work tirelessly every day to help others, without expecting any reward for themselves.
“The Community Champion awards are a brilliant opportunity to celebrate the amazing achievements of these unsung heroes. I’d urge residents from across the region to nominate someone from their area, so that we can share these inspiring stories as widely as possible.”
There are six award categories:
The awards are the latest in a series of initiatives organised by the WMCA to bring communities across the region together, such as the Mayor’s intergenerational Cricket Cup last September, and the Mayor’s Community Weekends over the past two years.
For more information and to nominate someone for an award, visit https://www.wmca.org.uk/who-we-are/meet-the-mayor/community-champion/
The deadline for nominations is 19 February and the awards will be announced at a special event on 5 March.