Gorleston residents are being called upon to nominate their community champions for an award that recognises their selfless work to support the town.

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Community group MESH has organised the awards that aim to celebrate the work of Gorleston’s legion of volunteers.

And organisers are now urging residents to put forward the names of those they think should be publicly applauded for giving up their time for the benefit of the town.

Julie Woods, MESH manager, said the awards were open to any unsung heroes who are not paid for the work they do for their community.

“We deal with an awful lot of people that give up their time. People are incredibly stretched and they still find time to give and I think it’s just recognising that,” she added.

“I’d really like there to be a lot of nominations.”

People can be nominated in five categories; volunteer of Gorleston, environment improvement volunteer - which recognises green fingered helpers - Gorleston community group award, carer and young carer award.

Winners from each category, announced at a ceremony at the end of March, will be presented with a £100 Gorleston Trader Association gift voucher.

Mrs Woods said: “The money then gets spent in Gorleston as well so more of the town benefits.”

Organisers were aware of similar awards across Norfolk but were keen to focus exclusively on volunteers within Gorleston for their ceremony, so each of them had a chance at gaining some much deserved recognition.

“There’s a lot of people out there doing good and Gorleston has got a lot to offer, people included. It’s not just the beach and the high street,” Mrs Woods added.

Nomination forms for the Gorleston Community Awards are available from the MESH office at Shrublands Youth and Adult Centre in Magdalen Way.

4 comments

  • Why are forms only available at Magdalen & Shrublands ?. Surely they should also be available from the Gorleston library, which is a central point. Very good idea though, these awards and about time to !. good luck to all involved.

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    "V"

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Gorleston love the place always take the kids there to play on beech as perfer it to yarmouth plus there's a excellent Cafe in town called Sunrise, decent food at good price

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    tonto33

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • I nominate foster property maintenance for fitting lovely kitchens and bathrooms in the Gorleston area

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    smalltownboy

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Always feels as if Gorleston gets more than its fair share of council tax spending from GYBC-maybe council tax payers in other parts of the borough are the heroes.

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

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