Leicestershire residents are being asked to nominate their local councillors for a national award, which celebrates those who have gone above and beyond for their communities over the last year.
The 13th annual Cllr Awards are taking place on Thursday, October 20 at the Roman Baths and Guildhall with 2022 hosts Bath and North East Somerset Council.
However, nominations for the national event close in just one week’s time (Wednesday, September 7).
This year’s categories showcase the vital work of councillors including the coveted Community Champion, Leader of the Year and Young Councillor of the Year awards.
Nominations can be made by anyone (members of the public, councillors and council officers), who would like to recognise a councillor who has made a real difference to their area over the past year.
The winners of the awards, which are organised by the LGIU (Local Government Information Unit), will be decided by a panel of judges made up of senior councillors, officers and stakeholders from across the sector.
Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGIU, said: “From how our towns look to the home care we receive and the funding of much valued community projects, the work of councillors is felt across all of our lives on a daily basis.
“Councillors and councils are key to keeping the machinery of everyday life going, ensuring the most vulnerable in society are looked after and making sure the places where we live are thriving, safe and inclusive.
“Much of the work done by elected members is behind the scenes, which is why we created the annual Cllr Awards in 2010. So that every year we can take the time to recognise this work and celebrate their achievements.
“The LGIU is proud to once again open nominations for the annual Cllr Awards to honour the commitment of our locally elected representatives. Our local democracy and our local democratic structures are stronger because of our councillors. We look forward to seeing a record number of nominations this year and getting to know the many inspiring stories behind them.”
A shortlist of the nominated councillors is due to be unveiled at the end of September.
To find out more or to make a nomination, visit: https://lgiu.org/workstream/lgiu-ccla-cllr-awards-2022/