Merton calls for entries for Civic Awards 2011

Merton Council will once again be rewarding the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups in the borough at Merton’s Civic Awards to be held in May 2011.

Now calling for entries, the awards has four categories including the Young Person’s Award, the Community Contribution Award, the London Borough of Merton Award for Outstanding Achievement and the Community Group Award. Each category will have a winner and a commended class.

The London Borough of Merton Award for Outstanding Achievement will be given to an individual who has brought credit to the borough or enhanced the well-being of a group of people or an individual living in the borough. Those who have overcome adversity could also be considered for this award.

Previous winners included Oyeronke Oyerinde, a year six Cranmer school pupil recognised for the young person’s outstanding achievement for writing the winning song entry for the 2012 Olympics. In the Community Contribution Award category, Pastor Kevin Vickers was ‘highly commended’ for outreach activities to vulnerable groups by acting as a street pastor in Mitcham and Morden. He is well known for being the driving force behind ‘Street Pastors’ a community group staffed by volunteers that helps the community after nightfall.

The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Oonagh Moulton said: “I am delighted to take the civic awards into their second year. In this way we recognise the variety of ways that residents contribute to their communities and the reputation of the borough. Each of the four award categories and commendations will allow us to formally recognise the achievement of the individuals and organisations that enrich our lives.”

Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: ‘Merton people are achieving great things all the time, mostly without recognition. The Civic Awards are a wonderful way for Merton to recognise and award personal success and good work on behalf of the community. I fully expect many excellent applications.’

To nominate a person or organisation, email mayor@merton.gov.uk or call 020 8545 3517 by Wednesday 27 April.

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Press Contact:

Leoni Munslow

Communications Assistant

London Borough of Merton