Banbury’s volunteers are to be honoured by town mayor Nicholas Turner courtesy of a new award scheme.
Mr Turner is asking for nominations for three different categories and awards with the winners receiving trophies and cash for their good cause.
First, the mayor is looking for the best charity – a good cause that has made a real difference to people’s lives. It can be a big-name registered charity or a small local organisation but it must work for the benefit of the community.
The second category is for the Volunteer of the Year, which is set to reward someone who has given their time for the benefit of others. It could be someone with charity connections but who has gone beyond the normal call of duty to help others.
The third category is for the Young Volunteer of the Year. The mayor is asking for nominations for people aged 16 to 21 whose voluntary work would make him or her a role model – an ambassador for young people.
Mr Turner said: “When I became mayor I pledged to do something to recognise the unselfish and valuable work done by volunteers.
“Many people give a great deal of their time to helping others and I think it’s time that they received some recognition of their work. Volunteers make a tremendous difference to the lives of many less fortunate people and far too often their work goes unsung and unrecognised.
“I hope future mayors carry on with this award scheme.”
The closing date for nominations is noon on February 24 and nominations should be made in no more than 100 words.
A judging panel chaired by the mayor will select the winner and the presentations will take place at the Banbury Community Awards Evening at the town hall on February 27, with free tickets available on request.
Nominations should be sent to Tricia Campbell, Banbury Town Council, Town Hall, Bridge Street, Banbury, OX16 5QB or to firstname.lastname@example.org