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Sheroes Sought for Community Photography Project

By Published May 08, 2021

THE search is on for unsung community Sheroes in Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland.

The Borderlands project wants to hear about mams, sisters, nannas, partners, colleagues, friends, neighbours, teachers, key workers and nurses - any Shero who has made an impact, no matter how small, over this tough time.

Women have always been key in supporting strong resilient communities, but never more so than over the past year.

Many have juggled work with caring responsibilities as well as home-schooling.

Women have been involved in volunteering, supporting vulnerable friends and family and many have been front line workers.

Women have often held everything together, putting themselves last and others first. We want to commemorate and celebrate these women by sharing their stories.

Borderlands Director Shahda Khan (above) said: "We want to know about these ordinary women who have been doing extraordinary things.

"A Shero is a woman of any age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, gender non-binary or a trans woman.

"She is an active giver, an example of what is possible, a brilliant light and hope, and an inspiration to people of all ages - a woman who goes above and beyond and someone who makes a difference, whether it's to an individual, a street or an entire town."

Who do you know who always goes above and beyond? Is there a hidden Shero in your life who you want to celebrate? Who we should all be celebrating?

Nominations must be submitted by Thursday, May 20 - write a few words here about the person being nominated, tell their story and why they deserve to be recognised.

Award-winning documentary photographer Joanne Coates will work with a selection of nominees to tell stories about the area and their lives through the pandemic.

A display of photographic portraits documenting selected women nominated is just one of the planned activities as part of the wider Borderlands programme.

This is the first of the Borderlands projects which will see more communities celebrated across Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland.

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