The awards will formally recognise the outstanding contributions that volunteers, community groups, organisations and businesses have made in supporting residents in Cambridge during the coronavirus crisis.
Since the start of lockdown, many people across Cambridge have given up their time to support others including by delivering medication and meals to vulnerable people, making scrubs and masks for frontline staff, and a whole host of different ways.
The Mayor, Cllr Russ McPherson, is launching the first Volunteer for Cambridge Awards to celebrate the incredible community spirit shown this year, and is asking residents to nominate their own community heroes for an award.
There are four nomination categories:
• Individual Volunteer
• Community Group and Organisation
• Young Person Volunteer (18 and below)
Residents who would like to nominate a person, business or organisation for any of these award categories can complete a straightforward nomination form on the council website at https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/volunteer-for-cambridge-awards which should take no longer than five minutes to complete. Printed copies of the form are available by phoning 01223 457878.
People can submit nominations at any time as the award scheme will remain open until at least March 2021. The Mayor will consider nominations in six-week cycles and recommend individuals and organisations for awards.
Cllr McPherson said: “Coronavirus continues to present a significant challenge to us all. There are many people in Cambridge who have needed additional help and support during these difficult times and I have been humbled by those who have come forward to help in countless different ways. I would like to know more about the kindness and support so many have given, and may still give, and to say thank you to you all.”
“Please tell us about the amazing people in your community, or what your business or group have been able to offer to help city residents. We really want to hear from you so we can give people the recognition they deserve so please fill in the nomination form on the council’s website.”
The awards build on the success of the Volunteer For Cambridge one-day fairs which the council has held since 2016 with partners including Cambridge Council of Voluntary Services (CCVS) and Cambridge Hub.
The fairs bring together a range of local voluntary organisations to give residents and students an opportunity to learn about volunteering in Cambridge, and how they can make a real difference to people’s lives.