Good Neighbours are 'an inspiration to us all'
Friday, 21 March 2014
Recognition was given to 70 unsung heroes young and old from across Hampshire at last night's Good Neighbour awards.
The awards are organised by Hampshire County Council to honour those residents who make a positive difference to the life of others in their communities.
Being a good neighbour can mean going the extra mile or carrying out small but regular acts of kindness that make a real difference to individuals and communities - as can be seen from the words of those making the nominations:
- Always ready and willing to help others
- Ask anyone in this street - they would all say this person deserves an award
- There could be no better neighbour
- Always thinking of others whilst still finding time to co-ordinate numerous projects
- They will drop anything to come and help when it is needed without question
- Has been inspirational in bringing neighbours together
- The life blood of our community
For 2014 the County Council brought together two sets of awards for the first time - the Good Neighbours and the Making a Difference award for young people. The County Council is emphasising the importance of intergenerational work across Hampshire that benefits young and old alike. Nominations were sought for people of all ages who, either as individuals or as part of a group, make the life of others easier by giving that extra bit of help, or make their community a better place in which to live.
The awards hosted were hosted by Chairman of the County Council, Councillor Ken Thornber at a special ceremony in the Great Hall, Winchester, on Thursday 20 March.
Councillor Thornber, said: "This year we were keen to showcase how young and older people give up their time to help improve the quality of life in their communities. I was particularly pleased to see examples of intergenerational support, with young supporting older people, and vice versa.
"This was the 10th Good Neighbours awards and over the years I have been in the privileged position of being able to personally thank hundreds of individuals and voluntary groups who have provided so much time and support for others in their local community. Yet each year I am still taken aback by the selfless commitment so many people make, expecting no thanks or recognition. I hope that through these awards we are able to show the value we place on the activities and support provided by all our Good Neighbours. Everyone who was nominated for an award should be proud of the work they do - they are an inspiration to us all and deserve this recognition."
The awards were 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.