Keighley Town Council has begun the process to identify the town's unsung heroes for 2021 with its Community Awards.
There are 9 categories in total, covering sports, community involvement, volunteering, young people, teachers, neighbours, emergency services and climate change. There will also be a lifetime achievement award presented at the ceremony at Keighley Civic Centre on Saturday 18th September 2021.
Nominations close on Friday 20th August and can be made via the Keighley Town Council website at keighley.gov.uk/committees_of_the_council/events-and-leisure/community-awards-2021/
The Keighley Community Awards is an annual ceremony, celebrating the unsung heroes of the diverse and multicultural town and applauding those that seek to the make the lives of others, easier, happier and more fulfilled without expecting anything in return.
To be eligible to win, the person must live in or be relevant to the Keighley Town Council area. Individuals need to work, attend school, belong to local groups or volunteer in the town. Full terms are available on the town council website.
Here are full details of the categories and what the judges are looking for:
Barry Thorne Sporting Hero of the Year
Throughout the year this individual will have made an outstanding contribution to local sport over the past 12 months. Made a significant impact to a local club, community, organisation or school and shown a commitment to personal development, teamwork and supporting the development of others.
Gary Pedley Community Award of the year
This award is developed to honour people who are making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication. The nominee selected should serve as a role model for compassion and service and be striving to make Keighley a better place. They should have a passion for helping others in their community.
Inspiring Young Person of the Year Award
Inspiring Young Person of the Year rewards an individual 25-years-old or younger who has made a significant impact in the local area. This award recognises the young people who are achieving incredible things through their work, whether voluntary or paid, within their local community, club, team, group, project or organisation.
Teacher of the Year Award
The positive impact of an outstanding teacher can have a long-lasting effect on a pupil’s academic, social and emotional development. They inspire and engage children, so they thrive, enjoy learning and achieve well. A teacher is caring, confidence-building, passionate and encouraging. An outstanding teacher instils in his/her pupils a self-belief that they can manage anything they set their minds to. Must have been in a registered education setting for at least 5 years.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement of the Year Award is presented for distinguished service to the local community and its residents over a significant period of time.
Volunteer of the Year Award
Volunteer of the Year Award is presented for a volunteer who has had a significant impact on the people they seek to help. This individual selflessly volunteers their time and energy to organisations that often could not survive without them.
This is your opportunity to nominate someone who has contributed by devoting their time, energy, passion and expertise to helping people in Keighley.
Neighbour of the Year Award
Is your neighbour one in a million? Do they make a difference to your life or the lives of the people in your community? This award is a chance for you to say thank you to a neighbour or group of neighbour’s who go out of their way to help others, someone who shows kindness, compassion and consideration.
Emergency Services Hero of the Year Award
The Emergency Services Hero of the Year Award recognized and celebrate the achievements of the emergency services in the last year. Emergency Services are all too often the unsung heroes of our community.
Climate Change Champion of the Year
The Climate Change Champion of the Year Award recognises individuals and/or groups who have made a positive change in addressing climate change in their local community.