The Mercury and Observer Community Awards were launched in 2009 with the aim of recognising outstanding contributions and achievements in local life. Now we are inviting you to help us recognise more local people in our 2015 Awards – people who make this region such a great place in which to live and work.
We are fortunate to have so many volunteers who give so selflessly in so many ways to help others, whether as part of a large organisation or, as is so often the case, through an individual’s generosity.
Our programme runs for three months and will culminate with an awards night on Monday 23rd November 2015 at the Hanbury Manor (Marriot Golf and Country Club).
The categories in which you can nominate someone for are below the entry form:
■ CARER OF THE YEAR
Scores of people in the region carry out selfless work every day, taking on the responsibility of caring for others,whether it be a sick child, an elderly relative, people with
disabilities or others who need help. This award aims to honour such caring people.
■ MOST COURAGEOUS YOUNG PERSON
This category recognises youngsters under the age of 18 who have displayed courage and/or bravery in different ways.
■ YOUNG ACHIEVER
Young people often get a bad press – but not in the Community Awards. We want to hear about youngsters under the age of 21 who have made an excellent contribution to their communities in all sorts of ways.
■ LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
A very special award designed to honour someone who has made a real difference to their community over many years.
■ UNSUNG HERO
This award is designed to pay tribute to inspirational individuals who have gone that extra mile to help their community.
■ VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
This category focuses on those dedicated individuals who regularly give up their own time to help charitable causes. It could be someone who works in a local charity shop or
a volunteer worker who has worked tirelessly for a charity... a person who really is a volunteer or charity worker extraordinaire.
■ GOOD FRIEND
This award recognises people with hearts of gold who put the needs of others before themselves. It is designed to reward those kind-hearted people who do so much for those closest to them.
■ SCHOOL WORKER OF THE YEAR
This award is designed to recognise people in the education sector at any level. Whether it be a cheerful caretaker, a brilliant teacher or a dinner lady that goes the extra mile… please nominate your favourite.
This form is then published regularly in both newspapers – which together have a weekly readership of more than 70,000 people – and will also be available online at www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk and www.hertsandessexobserver.co.uk, which together are viewed by over 460,000 people every month*.
The ceremony itself rewards remarkable people leading everyday lives recognising outstanding bravery, tireless commitment and dedication in the community. Involvement with the Community Awards gives local organisations, whether they are in the public or private sector, the opportunity to be associated with one of the most rewarding events in the region’s calendar.
*Jicreg April 2015 (combined audience of 70,863 consisting of Herts and Essex Observer Group readership of 27,380, plus Hertfordshire Mercury readership of 43,483.)
**Adobe Omniture, August 2015 (combined audience of 460,821 composed of 253,079 hertfordshiremercury.co.uk unique monthly users, plus 207,742 hertsandessexobserver.co.uk.
Terms and Conditions:
1. All nominations must reach us by midnight on 23/10/15.
2. Nominations will be accepted by completing the online nomination form, or by completing the form printed in either the Mercury or Observer newspapers.
3. Photographs submitted may be cropped at the discretion of the editor for insertion into the supplement and use on our websites.
4. Any person who is an employee or an immediate family member of an employee of Local World or any person directly connected with the organisation of the competition is ineligible to participate.
5. All short-listed entries will be printed in a supplement and published in the Hertfordshire Mercury Series and the Herts & Essex Observer
6. All short-listed nominations will be invited to the Awards Presentation on Monday 23th November 2015, Hanbury Manor (Marriot Golf and Country Club) where the awards will be presented.
7. By entering the competition, entrants will be deemed to have read and understood these rules and be bound by them.
8. Each category decision is final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into. No cash alternatives.