The awards, which are run annually, are designed to make sure that local “heroes” get the recognition they deserve for what they do.
Sutton's Community Awards are a way of recognising and saying thank you to the local heroes, volunteers, carers, charity workers, club and event organisers and good neighbours who have made a difference in Sutton's community.
Nominations are open to anyone who lives, works, studies or volunteers in the borough.
Ray and Vi Donovan were winners in 2013 for their work visiting prisons/schools and conferences to campaign about restorative justice.
Ray Donovan said:
“The awards are a fantastic event for the community, celebrating positive people that don’t always get the recognition they deserve.
“To win an award last year absolutely blew us away, it was very nice to have people recognise the work we had done. It was also great to meet so many kind people; Councillor Dombey is now an ambassador for our trust after we spoke at last year’s event.
“It really means a lot to be acknowledged and I urge everyone to nominate their community heroes.”
You can make your nomination online by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by picking up a freepost nomination form at your local library, Civic Offices, or other council or partner building. You can make as many nominations as you like.
The closing date for nominations is Sunday 11 January 2015.
The categories for nominations are:
1. Safer Borough Award: Given outstanding service to the borough by keeping Sutton safe
2. Improving Lives Award: Made a difference to people's lives by going the extra mile
3. Community Spirit Award: Brought the community together through community events, clubs or project.
4. Business in the Community Award: Increased prosperity, employment or access to the borough through business initiatives
5. Outstanding Achievement Award: Brought credit to the borough through outstanding achievement - e.g. academic, sporting, artistic or cultural
Council Leader Ruth Dombey said:
“Sutton’s Community Awards are our chance to recognise people who make a real difference to our borough. The awards depend on nominations so if you know someone who goes the extra mile for their community, whether they are carers, volunteers, community organisers, charity workers then please nominate.”