NOMINATIONS are open for community heroes in Solihull who have shone during the coronavirus pandemic.
The borough’s mayor, Coun Stuart Davis, hopes new awards will recognise the people who have helped their community this year.
To celebrate those who go above and beyond, Solihull Council is launching a special initiative called ‘Solihull says thank you’, in place of The Civic Honours Awards which are postponed until 2021.
The council said the scheme is an opportunity for Solihull residents to say thank you to an individual (of any age) or organisation who has done something kind or helpful during this difficult time.
Examples of actions that people may want to recognise are a neighbour who has done their shopping, someone who has been a supportive friend or someone who has been brave during the crisis.
Mayor Davis said: “Due to the current circumstances we have decided to push back the Civic Honours awards, and instead do something to recognise the actions of those unsung heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I have witnessed much kindness and generosity these last months, and the sense of community generated by it is moving. I would like to say thank you to all of those who have gone out of their way to help someone in need.
“I’m delighted to announce the launch of the ‘Solihull says thank you’ initiative and I would encourage you to submit your nominations to show your thanks.”
Nominations are now open and will close on Sunday 6 September. Everyone nominated will receive a special thank you card from the Mayor.
There will also be an opportunity for the nominees to submit a photo which will be part of a ‘Solihull says thank you’ display in Touchwood and Chelmsley Wood Town Centre.
For more information on ‘Solihull says thank you’ and to nominate, please visit www.solihull.gov.uk/solihullcivichonours