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Recognition of Service Awards

Published on Thursday, 25th June 2020

Recognition Awards

Nominations are now open for the Recognition of Service Awards. Who will you nominate? Closing date Friday 28 August.

The Maldon District Coronavirus response team (including but not limited to Maldon and District CVS, Salvation Army and Maldon District Council) are aware that there are hundreds of unsung heroes who have actively been supporting the community and individuals during the Coronavirus pandemic.

We want to recognise and celebrate all those who have done so much to support the community, and plans are currently underway for an online showcase to celebrate their efforts.

We want you to nominate individuals and organisations based on the themes below using this form www.maldon.gov.uk/MaldonDistrictROS,.

Creativity
Do you know someone who has used their creative skills to make a difference. Have they sewn scrubs for the NHS or made face coverings for the community? Do they have the best decorated house that brings a smile? or have they been baking and sharing with the community.

Keeping Active
Has someone you know been inspiration in keeping themselves and others active? Perhaps someone has helped with gardening or raised funds through activity, have they shared motivating videos or ideas or shared local information on walks with others? Is there a sports club that is leading the way?

Technology
Has someone you know made a difference online or through technology? Perhaps you need help to get online or to make video calls, has a local business made great use of their website or social media to provide services in the community or is someone you know vlogging or sharing online resources

Fundraising
Charities are finding it hard with traditional fundraising events being postponed of cancelled during lockdown. How has someone you know made a difference? How much have they raised and how?

Young person
Schools are out but the districts young people are busy. Has someone under the age of 18 had an impact on you and/or your community? Maybe they have painted great rainbows or hidden painted stones. Perhaps they are helping to deliver shopping or baking for their community, making PPE or fundraising for causes.

Neighbourliness
Is there someone on your street who is keeping an eye out for people, picking up extra bits when shopping, decorating their homes, taking the bins out or tidying the garden, sharing food or stopping for a chat?

Team Working
Is there a group of people who have helped the community during lockdown? A business that has changed its way of working to get groceries and services to the community, a charity that has adapted to be there for people who need them, a sports club that are motivating others, a group of volunteers working together to help the community

Kindness
We are looking for people to let us know about Single Acts of Kindness. That one thing whether big or small that has had a positive impact. No suggestions of examples here as this we want to hear everything the only caveat is that it is a one-off action that made a significant difference to someone during lockdown.

Closing date for nominations is Friday 28 August 2020

The form has been kept simple but please bear the below in mind when completing

  • We expect to hear lots of wonderful stories from the community over the coming weeks – please provide plenty of detail as to why your nominee deserves recognition
  • The panel will be looking at how well nominees fit the criteria they are nominated under and how much impact they have had
  • The panel will also look for reassurance that government guidance has been respected by the nominee

When completing your application, you will be asked for the name of the person you are nominating but no contact details at the current time, However, we will need these if your nominee is shortlisted under their theme to contact them.

We will also ask for your contact details to get in touch if we have any questions about your nomination.

Cllr Adrian Fluker, Leader of Maldon District Council, said; “We have seen individuals and organisations support the Community in the most amazing way during this pandemic.  The Council is very proud of what has been achieved with the support of our partners and we fully support the ‘Recognition of Service Awards’. I look forward to reading some inspirational stories which highlight the very many amazing things that have been done by individuals and organisations in the District”

Sarah Troop, Director,  Maldon and District Community Voluntary Service, said; “Maldon District has a lot to be proud of in the way that it has come together during the coronavirus outbreak. There are lot of people worthy of thanks and recognition and we want to give the community an opportunity to tell us about the support and acts of kindness that have made a difference to them”

Charlie Fillingham, Sense of Place Chairman, said “Sense of Place warmly supports these awards. Without the hard work voluntarily given by so many, we wouldn’t have made it through this crisis and highlighting our heroes goes just a little way in recognising the fantastic work they have done.”

-ENDS-

Notes to Editor

We will be looking to hold a ‘virtual award ceremony’ later in the year for the winning participants and further details will be announced in due course.