Nominate helpful neighbour for award

GOOD neighbours can be put forward for county-wide awards.

Hampshire County Council has called for people to nominate those in their community for the Good Neighbour Awards.

The awards are held to recognise those Hampshire residents who volunteer and give their neighbours extra help – whether it is working with young people with disabilities and special needs, organising coffee mornings or helping less able neighbours with chores.

They were introduced in 2005 by the chairman of the county council, Councillor Ken Thornber, who will host this year’s awards ceremony in the Great Hall, Winchester, on Thursday, 20 March 2014.

He said: “All too often good deeds can go unnoticed, which is why it is important that we pay tribute to the efforts of Hampshire’s volunteers.

“There are thousands of people across the county who are good neighbours providing vital support within their local community.

“Anyone who receives help from a neighbour and would like to say thank you should nominate them for a Good Neighbour Award.

These individuals probably don’t think twice about what a wonderful job they are doing for someone else, but they deserve our thanks.”

Nominations can be made by downloading a form from hants.gov.uk/good neighbourawards, using the one in the latest Hampshire Now magazine or requesting one via civic.events@hants.gov.uk.

The closing date for nominations is this Monday.

The awards have been created by Hampshire County Council in partnership with Age Concern Hampshire, Brendoncare Club Hampshire, Carers Together, the Good Neighbours Support Service, RVS, The Children’s Alliance and Community Development Facilitators.

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