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4 The Shuttle APRIL2014 GOOD NEIGHBOUR AWARDS SEEKING OUT OUR UNSUNG HEROES! By Shuttle Staff The hunt for the borough’s best good neighbours is on once again. Blackburn with Darwen Council has teamed up with the Lancashire Telegraph to search for residents who make a real difference to the lives of people on their streets. CONTRIBUTION The Good Neighbours Awards pay tribute to helpful neighbours, unsung heroes who have never been recognised for their efforts, and who make their streets and neighbourhoods a better place. Last year’s Your Call Good Neighbours Awards were hugely successful, with nearly 70 people rewarded for their contribution. ‘Good Neighbours’ winners included Maurice Ffelan and Richard Grimshaw. Mr Ffelan, a Roe Lee resident, has been involved in dozens of Your Call clean-ups. He helps grit the area he lives in and makes sure his neighbours are safe and well. Despite having learning disabilities, Mr Grimshaw is a key volunteer at ACT at the Cheethams, which provides activities and a drop-in centre for young people in Wensley Fold. Councillor Kate Hollern, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council and who set up the awards, said: “I was overwhelmed by the people I met last year through the Good Neighbours Awards. They were people who really made a difference to people on their street. “I am delighted we have joined up with the Lancashire Telegraph again and can run another search for community heroes. This year, I want to see even more people being nominated. “The important thing about these awards is that they recognise people who give their time to the community and expect nothing in return. They are the people who keep the community together.” Lancashire Telegraph editor Kevin Young said: “We are delighted the Good Neighbours Awards have returned for a second year and look forward to highlighting even more of the positive work going on in our communities. “Much of this is carried out by volunteers who go about it quietly, dutifully and often without the recognition they so richly deserve. “The community is at the heart of everything the Telegraph stands for and we’re looking forward to telling the stories of the people who bind our neighbourhoods together, hopefully with even more entries than last year.” Sponsors for this year’s award include Capita, Blackburn Rovers, Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group, The Mall and The Pack Restaurant and Bar in Belthorn. Rovers’ managing director Derek Shaw said: “Blackburn Rovers are very happy to support the awards. Any award which rewards and brings focus on members of the community helping others is something the club is proud to be associated with.” Joe Slater, chairman of Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are delighted to be supporting these awards. The concept is a great one. Good neighbours are important for society. They make communities tick. “I WANT TO SEE EVEN MORE PEOPLE NOMINATED.” - Councillor Kate Hollern SUPPORT “I am clear that people who make their neighbourhoods better places are contributing to improving the health and wellbeing of the borough. These awards pay tribute to the many selfless and thoughtful individuals in our community. “For example, a neighbour spending five minutes to knock on the door of an elderly or vulnerable resident to make sure they are okay can help keep that person out of hospital. Strong communities are the frontline in tackling the borough’s health and wellbeing challenges.” Ian Richardson, business centre director at Capita, Blackburn, said: “We are happy to be sponsoring this very successful event again this year. “The competition allows residents the opportunity to thank their fellow neighbours for helping them or going the extra mile throughout the year”. Loraine Jones, General Manager, The Mall Blackburn, said: ““We are thrilled to be supporting the awards. At The Mall Blackburn we pride ourselves on being a community shopping centre, so championing and rewarding our local unsung heroes is something that is close to our own hearts and values .” This Article first appeared in Lancashire Telegraph Get more details at www.blackburn.gov.uk

For more information about all Council Services see www.blackburn.gov.uk The Shuttle 5 GOOD NEIGHBOUR AWARDS GREAT PRIZES TO BE WON... · A match day meal for two at Blackburn Rovers. The chance to train with the players at the Blackburn Rovers training ground before eating lunch with the team. · A meal for two with a bottle of wine at Stanley House, Mellor, courtesy of Capita. · Dinner, bed and breakfast for a weekend break for two at The Elgin Hotel, Blackpool. The September trip, donated by the Lancashire Telegraph, includes two nights’ accommodation for the Singing Legends weekend, featuring tributes to Frank Sinatra, Cliff Richard and Buddy Holly, plus coach transport. · Shopping vouchers for The Mall, Blackburn. · A meal in the restaurant at The Pack, Belthorn. · A health-related prize from the Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group. Creating a connected, prosperous, clean, safe and healthy Blackburn with Darwen

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