Unlike many Award ceremonies, the LGiU & CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards encourage members of the public to come forward and participate in the nomination process. We want to hear what the ordinary person thinks of their councillor and who they think deserves an award.
In particular, members of the public are well disposed to tell us who they think should win the Community Champion of the Year Award. This award goes to someone who has worked tirelessly to engage, involve and consult the community; someone who has got to the grass roots of communities, and someone who has made strides to really understand the community’s priorities and campaigned on issues that matter to them.
The 2012 award went to Cllr Fiona Cross from Torfaen County Borough Council. Cllr Cross championed the interests of her community through her commitment to education, child safety and sustainability. Amongst her achievements, she introduced a paperless meeting system, which saved the council 20k (as well as 7,905 reams of paper), whilst also acting as school governor to two schools. She introduced safe walking-to-school routes and took the lead on scrutiny of the planning of a new local primary school. She will be a hard act to match, but we know that there are councillors across the country who show similar levels of dedication and we want to hear about them!
The councillor who wins this category will demonstrate:
- visible efforts to engage communities and individuals in decisions about their local area, leading to better decisions for local people
- understanding of the different views of communities within their area and that they effectively represent these views to the council
- strong relationships with community activists and community groups
- excellent communication and facilitation skills.
So if you know a Councillor who has championed the interests of your community, please show your appreciation by nominating them for this year’s Community Champion of the Year Award. Anyone can nominate a Councillor – all you need to do is fill in the nomination form which you can download here.