Awards to showcase Salford’s big heart
Salford City Council and local organisations have launched the new Spirit of Salford Community Awards 2019 to shine a light on vital volunteers, community groups and public servants.
“Local volunteers, supportive neighbours and public sector workers are the unsung heroes of Salford,” said City Mayor Paul Dennett.
“These are the people that keep the city ticking over, the glue that keep us all together. It’s these people the Spirit of Salford awards will recognise.”
The awards have been funded by contributions from the mayoral team and partners, committed to supporting and celebrating the achievements of Salford’s residents.
“We are working with organisations and businesses from across the public and private sectors to make this a real partnership event and celebration for the whole of Salford. The awards will show how these fantastic individuals and community groups are the foundation stones that make Salford the great city it is,” said Mayor Dennett.
The partners working with Salford City Council on the awards are Salix Homes and City West housing associations, NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, Greater Manchester Police, Bupa, Ladybird Private Day nurseries, Salford City College, Salford CVS, University of Salford and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.
People can nominate individuals and groups for an award until 3 December 2018 on the Spirit of Salford Awards website at: https://www.spiritofsalfordawards.info/
The winners will be announced at a celebration event on 14 March 2019 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
There are three overall awards:
• Citizen of the year – to recognise a truly inspirational Salford person who has made an outstanding contribution to making the city a better place to live, work or visit
• Community group of the year – to celebrate a local group that has made the most outstanding contribution to making Salford a better place to live, work or visit
• Public servant of the year – to recognise an exceptional front line public sector worker who puts the people of Salford first
There are seven individual category awards:
• Young person of the year – for an exceptional young person who has achieved great things either academically or personally in the last year.
• Volunteer of the year – to celebrate a Salford resident whose volunteering has had a tremendous impact in the city
• Good neighbour of the year – to recognise a person who goes out of their way to help and support their neighbours
• Best health achievement – to recognise a determined individual or group who are doing great things to improve health and wellbeing in Salford
• Best environmental improvement – to recognise an individual or group making a lasting contribution to making Salford cleaner and greener
• Best community safety project – to recognise an individual or group working tirelessly to make Salford a safer place to live
• Best age friendly project - to recognise an individual or group that has done the most to make Salford a better place for older people to live.