Vote soon for big-hearted heroes in new Salford awards

Voting closes soon to choose who will be honoured for amazing acts of kindness at the brand new Spirit of Salford Community Awards 2019.

Two thousands nominations have been made for extraordinary volunteers and public servants who have given up much of their time to help others.

The finalists for all categories have now been announced and public votes will choose who should win in three overall awards: Citizen of the Year, Community Group of the Year and Public Servant of the Year.

To decide who truly deserves praise, people can read more and vote until 1 March on the Spirit of Salford Awards website.  

The winners will be announced at a special celebration event on 14 March at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The awards are being run by a partnership of local organisations including Salford City Council, Salford CVS, Salix Homes and City West housing associations, NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, Greater Manchester Police, Salford City College, University of Salford, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Bupa and Ladybird private day nursery.

City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “It’s fantastic there have been so many nominations for volunteers and public sector employees who make a massive difference to the lives of local people.

"It only takes a few seconds to click to vote for these great examples of Salford selflessness, people who are giving crucial support and help every day purely out of their own kindness. Volunteering is a powerful way to connect people. It brings people of different cultures, religions and walks of life together, combats loneliness and isolation and builds positive communities.”

 The three overall awards are:

  • Citizen of the year – to recognise a truly inspirational Salford hero who has made an outstanding contribution to making the city a better place to live, work or visit
  • Community group of the year – to celebrate a local group that has made the most outstanding contribution to making Salford a better place to live, work or visit
  • Public servant of the year – to recognise an exceptional front line public sector worker who puts the people of Salford first

There are seven individual category awards where judges have already selected the winners:

  • Young person of the year – this award will go to an exceptional young person who has achieved great things (either academically or personally) in the last year.
  • Volunteer of the year – this award will celebrate a Salford resident whose volunteering has had a tremendous impact in the city
  • Good neighbour of the year – this award will recognise a person who goes out of their way to help and support their neighbours
  • Best health achievement – this award will recognise a determined individual or group who are doing great things to improve health and wellbeing in Salford
  • Best environmental improvement – this award will recognise an individual or group making a lasting contribution to making Salford cleaner and greener
  • Best community safety project – this award will recognise an individual or group working tirelessly to make Salford a safer place to live
  • Best age friendly project - will recognise an individual or group that has done the most to make Salford a better place for older people to live

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Date published
Thursday 14 February 2019

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