The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Jane Rutter, has announced the launch of the Winchester District Community Awards for 2016/17.
Now a firm fixture in the city’s diary, the Mayor’s Awards recognise and celebrate the organisations and individuals who give outstanding service to the people and places of the Winchester District.
Cllr Rutter said: “The aim of these awards is to celebrate the selfless activity that brightens the lives of many residents, and makes our district such a wonderful place in which to live.”
The Mayor is now inviting nominations of individuals and organisations, which can be made by anyone. She is keen to ensure that the awards reflect the full range of community activity from all corners of the Winchester district.
As in previous years, the emphasis is firmly on voluntary action. However, there is also scope to pay tribute to those who routinely go above and beyond the call of duty during the course of their paid employment.
Cllr Rutter added: “We know that people really treasure these awards. Our district is fortunate in having such a strong volunteering community. Their contribution of time and skills each year provides practical support and companionship for the most vulnerable in our society. Volunteers are also the mainstay of most of the sporting, cultural and leisure organisations which enrich our lives and keep us healthy. Volunteers provide the bedrock of our civilised society, and these awards celebrate that huge contribution.”
To make a nomination you can contact your District Councillor or local Parish Council with details of your nominee/s so that they can submit the nomination on your behalf for consideration by the selection panel. Or you can nominate somebody directly with the on-line form at www.winchester.gov.uk All nominees will receive a certificate of appreciation, and a small number will be selected to receive Mayor’s Volunteering Awards.
Details of your District Councillor or Local Parish Council can also be found on the Winchester City Council website at www.winchester.gov.uk
The closing date for nominations is 10 February 2017 and the nominees will be invited to attend the awards ceremony on 29 March. If you wish to discuss your nomination or any aspect of the Mayor of Winchester’s Community Awards please contact The Mayor’s Secretary on 01962 848 259 or email Mayorssecretary@winchester.gov.uk