Nominations are open for Manchester’s Be Proud Awards 2018, giving you the chance to see your local unsung heroes recognised for making Manchester a better, friendlier and more buzzing place to live.
Finalists for the awards - Manchester’s annual celebration of the contribution of volunteers in the city - will be invited to a glittering gala dinner and ceremony, to be held at the Midland Hotel in November.
There are 12 categories to nominate for, before the deadline of Monday 2 September.
Blossoming Communities - Recognising a group or individual whose care of green spaces has made a big difference.
Bringing Communities Together – For a project or event that brought people together to celebrate their diverse cultures.
Business in the Community - Focused on businesses who invest time, skills and funds to improve their community.
Clean Neighbourhood - A project, individual or group that has worked to involve the community in keeping their neighbourhood clean.
Community Force - A person or group that has stood up to adversity, helped to keep their neighbourhoods safe, or helped make the community proud of where they live.
Community Project of the Year - A project which united people to recognise a problem or opportunity in their neighbourhood and brought to life a vision of local people to tackle it.
Creativity in the Community - Any creative project - from arts, writing and music through to digital technology or social media - with people at its heart.
Neighbour of the Year - This person’s kindness, practical help and support have made a real difference to you or your community.
Recycling Project of the Year - Celebrating people who’ve found ways to make Manchester greener through recycling.
Volunteer of the Year – Two awards (one for an individual and one for a group) highlighting the exceptional contribution made by the volunteers who improve the lives or surroundings of others.
Young Achiever of the Year – A Mancunian aged under 18 who has made a real difference through their passion and commitment to their community.
Special Recognition - This award recognises a group or individual who has stepped up and shown what Manchester is made of, by going the extra mile to support their neighbourhood and community.
Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, said: “This is our chance to celebrate the volunteers and unsung heroes who work hard in our communities and help make Manchester the thriving city it is. If you know an individual or group who really stands out in your neighbourhood, show your appreciation for all they do by nominating them for a Be Proud Award.”
For more information, or to nominate your local heroes, go to www.manchester.gov.uk/beproud.