Who deserves an award this year?
The spotlight will be turned on community champions from the Forest of Dean again this year as the selfless heroes get the recognition they deserve.
The nominations are now open for the Pride of the Forest Awards 2017 and you have until 5 April to nominate your community hero. An independent judging panel will then select the winners for the categories, with the exception of the Citizen’s Readers’ Choice and the Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Pride of the Forest Awards are run by the Council in conjunction with the Citizen newspaper, to celebrate those who go the extra mile in the local community, making the district a wonderful place to live.
Councillor Jane Horne, Chairman of the Forest of Dean District Council said: “I’m delighted to announce that we will be working with our media partner, the Citizen newspaper again this year, to offer the tenth Pride of the Forest Awards. The nominations are now open and we encourage residents to take time over the next 10 weeks to put forward their most deserving volunteers, charity workers, carers and sporting stars from the local community.
“We all know someone who goes above and beyond in their daily lives and give their own time to help others. There are hundreds of unsung heroes in the district and this is your opportunity to make their year by putting them forward for an award, which will acknowledge and celebrate their selfless hard work. Imagine how they will feel when they find out they’ve been nominated for an award. It really is a fantastic way of saying thank you.
“The Awards have grown over the years and they really do bring to everybody’s attention the many people who are doing a brilliant job behind the scenes across the district.
“If you know someone who deserves to be recognised, please nominate them. It’s quick and easy; you can complete the form in the Forest Citizen newspaper, pick up a leaflet from the District Council Offices in Coleford or click on the red 'Nominate Now' button below. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the Council by 5 April.”
The finalists will be recognised at a gala awards ceremony at Bells Hotel in Coleford on Friday 19 May.
The award categories are;
Community Star (sponsored by Barnwood Trust) This award is for an individual who has made a significant contribution to their community.
Young Community Star (sponsored by Lucozade Ribena Suntory Ltd) This award is for a young individual (under the age of 18) who has made a significant contribution to their community.
Sportsperson of the Year (sponsored by Freedom Leisure) This award is to acknowledge the sporting achievements of a Forest of Dean official, organiser, competitor or team.
Young Sportsperson of the Year (sponsored by Hartpury College) This award is to acknowledge the sporting achievements of a young (under the age of 18) Forest of Dean official, organiser, competitor or team.
Carer of the Year (sponsored by NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group) This award is for the carer of a Forest of Dean resident who goes above and beyond their role.
George Read Community Award (sponsored by Glevum Conservatories) This award is for a local community group, parish or town council that has done the most for its community or delivered the best community project/scheme. The award winners will also receive a cheque for £250 to be used for the benefit of the local community.
Citizen’s Readers’ Choice Decided through a Citizen’s readers’ poll, this award is for the person who has made a significant difference for the benefit of the Forest of Dean community.
Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award Chosen by the Chairman, Cllr Jane Horne, this is her Lifetime Achievement Award for an individual’s service to the local community.