The Civic Community Awards will recognise those who make key contributions to Middlesbrough’s growth, regeneration and community spirit.
Building on the prestigious and long-running Citizen of the Year Award, new categories reflect the city-wide Social Regeneration agenda which puts citizens at the heart of future prosperity and success.
The community – along with partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors – have helped identify a number of key priorities including employment outcomes, health and wellbeing, education, community life and physical neighbourhoods.
Those who have made an outstanding contribution to life in Middlesbrough will be honoured in five main categories, with awards presented to individuals, community organisations and businesses:
- Improving Employment Opportunities
- Improving Health and Wellbeing
- Helping People to Improve their Educational and Vocational Capability
- Making People Happier
- Making Physical Improvements to our Neighbourhoods
Judging panels in each category will comprise Middlesbrough Councillors and officers, representatives from Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency (MVDA) and the award sponsor.
The annual Citizen of the Year Award will go to an individual – an unsung hero or inspirational community leader – who has gone the extra mile to make a difference for others and improve the life of the town.
Middlesbrough Council Chief Executive Tony Parkinson said: “The Citizen of the Year Award is well established, and over the years has recognised some truly inspirational figures for their outstanding contribution to life in Middlesbrough.
“The new Civic Community Awards will build on that by involving and recognising those communities, businesses and extraordinary people whose tireless support for friends, neighbours and communities makes this such a great place to live.
“Their inspirational stories will help to generate new and positive perceptions of Middlesbrough and in turn foster aspiration and ambition across our communities.”
Entries close at 5pm on Wednesday, March 13.