The 2018 Welwyn Hatfield Times Community Awards are launched
PUBLISHED: 10:11 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:17 07 March 2018
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An initiative to celebrate the heroes of Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar is back for its second year.
Whoever inspires you in the community, whether as a carer, an organiser, a fundraiser, a volunteer, and more - they deserve the spotlight.
The Welwyn Hatfield Times Community Awards, in association with the Howard Centre and sponsored by HRJ Foreman Laws, Oaklands College and Morgan Sindall, launches today.
Winners will be announced in a gala evening on July 13 at Oaklands College.
Nominations are now open for the categories of School of the Year, Role Model of the Year, Parent in a Million, Valiant Volunteer, Carer of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Service to the Community, Good Neighbour Award, Charity Champions, and Young Achiever.
Over the next weeks, the Welwyn Hatfield Times will be introducing these categories and talking to previous winners.
Mrs Liz Pollard is head of Codicote Primary School which won 2017’s School of the Year after parents sent in nominations.
She said: “The staff and children were ecstatic when I told them.
“We were so encouraged - it was a real injection of energy.
“It does recognise the positive in our community and it’s lovely that we have organisations that celebrate these achievements.”
Nominations are also open for the Howard Centre Community Heroes campaign, which will run until June.
Each month the shopping centre will reward a local hero with £100 to spend in their shops.
Whether it’s someone who has lent a neighbourly hand, taken it upon themselves to help clear the streets of rubbish, or raised thousands of pounds for charity, their story is worth being heard.
The four winners selected in the monthly award will be automatically entered into the final Community Hero category at the WHT Community awards alongside the other categories in June.
Howard Centre Manager Paul Haynes said: “Although shopping centres are commercial venues, they also play a valuable role in working with local groups and charities.
“At the Howard Centre we get actively involved in a whole range of community projects every year.”
So who has changed your world for the better in the last year?
To enter someone into the Howard Centre Community Hero award, simply email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org including the name of the nominee, their contact details, along with your name and contact details.
The entry form for all categories of the Welwyn Hatfield Times Community Awards can be found at: www.whtcommunityawards.co.uk/enter-online