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Celebrating Good Neighbours - young and old

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

No good deed should go unnoticed and that is why Hampshire County Council is calling for nominations for its Good Neighbour Awards.

This year the Council is especially keen to ensure that the awards celebrate the contribution of both young and older people. The awards are held to recognise those Hampshire residents who volunteer and give their neighbours that 'bit of help' - whether it is working with young people with disabilities and special needs, organising coffee mornings or helping less able neighbours with chores.

The awards were introduced in 2005 by 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, using the one in the latest Hampshire Now magazine or you can request one.

The closing date for nominations is Monday 20 January 2014. Please remember that individuals and groups cannot be nominated more than once for an award and this award is not open to residents of Portsmouth and Southampton

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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