16th Nov, 2018

Looking for the best the city has to offer

Rob George 12th Sep, 2018

A RALLYING call has gone out for city residents to nominate Worcester’s unsung heroes to be honoured at a prestigious awards ceremony which has been boosted with National Lottery cash.

The Best of Worcester awards will return to the city on Thursday, November 15 and former Mayors of Worcester Coun Alan Amos and Steve Mackay have led the calls for city residents to nominate a person or a group who they feel have gone out of their way to help and support others.

Coun Amos organised the original event in 2015 during his year as Mayor of Worcester and has been able to continue the event with sponsorship from St Stephen’s Church and a grant from the National Lottery.

Both he and Mr Mackay will host the ceremony in November with all those nominated invited to the ceremony and the winners will receive their awards from top Worcester personalities.

Observer readers can nominate any individual, group, organization, or even themselves.

Among the five categories of awards is the Rising Star prize which will recognise a young person or young people (aged 16 years or under) who has or have done something extraordinary.

Worcester’s schools are being invited to nominate someone from their local community who has made such a significant contribution to the development of young lives such as a school governor, reading buddy, mentor, traffic crossing volunteer, sports coach or long standing member of staff.

A team or individual who have worked tirelessly alongside local neighbourhood [olice teams to reduce crime, re-offending or work in the community will also be honoured on the night as well as an organisation or person who have been active in promoting better health and well-being for vulnerable members of the community.

An honour for a business or individual who has gone the extra mile to enrich the local community will round off this year’s event and Coun Amos told the Observer he was excited to co-host the awards.

“It’s right that we should thank young people for all the good things they do, rather than always reading about the bad things,” he said.

“The people of Worcester are very generous in the time they give to others. This is a good news story all round and is the kind that we should broadcast rather than those ones full of moans and complaints.”

“So much of what people do is about attitude. These nominations will show just how much goodness there is out there.”

“I urge people to come along for an enjoyable evening and to participate in the live suspense of seeing who wins. Come along and see who has been shortlisted. Chances are, there’ll be somebody you know,” he added.

Nominations close on Thursday, October 11. E-mail info@regeneratingcommunities.com for more information.

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