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Nominations are being invited for an annual awards scheme which recognises the contribution by individuals and groups to the wellbeing of their communities.
The Borough’s Big Thank You Awards, now in their fourth year, are jointly run by Scarborough Borough Council led by the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough and Yorkshire Regional Newspapers which publishes The Scarborough News, Whitby Gazette and Filey and Hunmanby Mercury.
The awards aim to recognise those groups and individuals who voluntarily work for the benefit of others and have made a significant difference to their local area, as well as those who provide entertainment to others through the arts. We are looking for nominations across the age spectrum from children and young people to adults, as well as groups, in categories which are designed to recognise those who have made a difference.
This year, a new category has been added – Nomination by Teachers – which gives our schools and teachers the opportunity to put forward under-18s who have made a difference, either in school or in their communities. The Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Helen Mallory, will be writing to schools to encourage them to take part.
She said: “We are eager to pay tribute to those inspiring young people right across the Borough whose selfless acts make such a difference to others. It’s why we have included the new category of Teacher’s Nomination, so our schools can get behind the Borough’s Big Thank You.
“We also want to see our children and young people nominated in other categories too – we know there are lots of parents, neighbours and community group leaders who see those youngsters making a difference every day and we would be delighted to hear from them.
“In the coming few days I will also be writing to parish and town councils across the borough, calling on them to promote the awards and nominate people from their communities. We want these awards to be representative of the spirit and eagerness to help others which is in evidence right across this Borough, not just in Scarborough.”
This year the categories are:
· Teacher’s Nomination
· Good Neighbour
· Courage Over Adversity
· Performing, Artistic, or Creative Effort
· Care and Support in the Community
· Charitable Fundraising
· Heritage and Environment
· Uniformed Youth Groups
Ed Asquith, editorial director of Yorkshire Regional Newspapers, said: “We regularly feature stories about individuals and groups whose kindness, generosity, selflessness and dedication benefits others and we want to shine a light on good deeds.”
Hard copies of the nomination form are available from a number of sources, including The Scarborough News and Whitby Gazette offices and council Customer First offices in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey.
The forms will also be published in the three newspapers on a regular basis and will be available to download from http://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/, http://www.whitbygazette.co.uk/ and http://www.fileymercury.co.uk/.
Nomination forms will also be available to either fill in and submit electronically, or download from www.scarborough.gov.uk/thankyou.
Hard copies of the nomination form should be returned to Irene Webster, Civic Officer, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG by Monday 18 February 2013 at the latest.
Nominees and their nominators will be invited to the awards presentation night at Scarborough Spa on Thursday 11 April, 2013, where each nominee will receive a certificate, with awards presented for outstanding achievement in each category.
For further information, please contact Scarborough Borough Council’s Civic Officer, Irene Webster on 01723 232311.