Gainsborough: Nominate your unsung heroes for this year’s Gainsborough Community Awards 2015

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The Standard is looking for your unsung heroes to be recognised in this year’s Gainsborough Community Awards.

After last year’s success of the first ever Community Awards the Standard is again celebrating the best of the local community and local education.

Content Editor, Tim Paget, said: “There are many reasons to be proud of Gainsborough but the main one is the incredible people who live and work here to make it such a fantastic community.”

“I am incredibly proud to be involved with these awards as they recognise our area’s true heroes, the unsung people of courage and commitment who deserve recognition the most.”

There are a number of categories for you to nominate someone for an award, so why not honour someone you care about and put them forward for this year’s awards.

Most Improved Student Award (sponsored by Gainsborough College): Do you know someone who has perhaps not always found academics easy but strives to succeed and has improved their grades throughout the school year? Are they on course for excellent results in the future.

Best Teacher of the Year (sponsored by Walters Opticians): The panel is looking for individuals who inpire devotion and respect from their studentsi equal measure, as well as forging strong relationships with parents and going beyond the call of duty to improve school life inside and outside the classroom.

Best Teaching Assistant of the Year (sponsorship still available): The judges would like to reward the adaptable, hardworking people who make teachers lives easier with their constant support, while improving the learning experience for our district’s youngsters and in many cases providing invaluable help for pupils with special needs and producing dramatic results.

Best Headteacher of the Year (sponsored by Cliff Bradley Funeral Directors): The judges are hoping to hear tales of inspirational leaders who have turned schools around, of heads who thrive on daily challenges and those who enthuse staff as well as pupils to give 100 per cent.

Sporting Achievement (sponsored by Ping): This award recognises individuals who have proved outstanding achievement in a specific sporting field.

Child of Courage (sponsored by Browns): We are looking for a child who has shown exceptional courage in their life. They may have overcome great odds or made sacrifices above and beyond the call of duty. The nominee may have shown courage in dealing with an illness or battling through a traumatic experience. Judges would like to see strong evidence of this individual showing great character and fortitude in their life. This category is open to any child aged 16 or under.

Fundraiser of the Year (sponsored by McDonalds): This award recognises individuals/groups that, by their hard work and dedication, have made a difference to a charity or a cause. The judges are looking for individuals/groups who have demonstrated continued commitment to a charity or individual through fundraising support, successfully managed or helped to co-ordinate fundraising activities, used initiative to maximise impact of fundraising campaign and given their own time and effort to help out a good cause.

Outstanding Bravery (sponsored by Hutchinsins Builders): The search is underway for inspiring stories about men and women who have saved the life of another in remarkable or difficult circumstances. We are seeking individuals who embody the spirit of all those unsung heroes. The category is open to all individuals of any age or ability.

Emergency Services (sponsorship still available): This award recognises a member or members of the police, fire or ambulance service who have gone beyond the call of duty. We are seeking individuals or crews who work within the emergency services.

Community Spirit (sponsorship still available): This award recognises individuals/groups working at the heart of the communities to deliver improvements and change with lasting benefits. The judges are looking for individuals/groups which have tackled anti-social behaviour, invested in community facilities, created communtiy groups, developed integrated communities and improve aethetic appeal.

Environmental Champion (sponsored by Freewatt): This award recognises an individual or group whose actions prove that by making one degree of difference to their local environment, people can make a difference to the broader community.

Neighbour of the Year sposnorship still available): A neighbour who may have been a good friend and who has supported you and/or your family, or who you think has made a significant contribution to your neighbourhood. This person may be someone who has cared for you, a friend or a family member. The award will be made to an individual who demonstrates they have made a significant contribution within their neighbourhood and who has supported and cared for a neighbour.

Inspiring Personality of the Year (sponsored by Ping): This award recognises, encourages and rewards people who not only make a difference in the community, but inspire and instil confidence in others to take part in community life and contribute to a better future for everyone. The award will be made to an individual who demonstrates they have made a significant contribution within their community, business, educational establishment, voluntary organisation and inspired by others to do the same.

To nominate someone for one of the awards, or if you wish to sponsor an award, email event manager, Haroldine Lockwood, at with your nomination, stating the award you wish to nominate for, along with your details, details of the nominee and your reasons for nominating.

The closing date for nominations to the awards is Monday 8th June.