Nominate your stars

The role of uniformed youth groups in the Scarborough borough is to be recognised through an annual awards scheme for the first time.

The Borough’s Big Thank You Awards – a partnership between the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, the Scarborough Evening News and its sister titles, the Whitby Gazette and the Filey and Hunmanby Mercury – give residents the chance to say “thank you” to all members of the community who help others and carry out good deeds.

For the 2012 gongs, a uniformed youth groups category has been added, with organisers wanting to recognise the dedication of those involved in organisations such as Air Cadets, Sea Cadets, the Scout movement and Boys Brigade.

Other categories to make nominations for are:

l Young Achievers – you can nominate anyone aged 18 or under whom you feel has made efforts out of the ordinary

l Good Neighbour – anyone who regularly helps their neighbours such as shopping, errands, cleaning, good deeds

l Courage over Adversity –

anyone of any age who has defied circumstance or disability

l Performing, Artistic or Cultural Endeavours – anyone who created their own style or contributed to the range and wealth of the area’s art, music, dance, acting or culture on a voluntary basis

l Care and Support in the Community – anyone who has gone out of their way to

voluntarily help those in need

l Charitable Fundraising – anyone who has made extra-ordinary efforts for any worthy cause

l Heritage and Environment – nominate anyone who has helped to improve the area.

Cllr John Blackburn, the mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, said: “This awards scheme is a marvellous way of recognising the individuals and groups who, through selfless acts without thought for themselves, freely give up their time and energy either to help others or overcome personal difficulties.

“People living in this borough will almost certainly know an individual or group who fits that description and I would encourage them to submit a nomination.”

Yorkshire Regional Newspapers’ editorial director Ed Asquith said: “There are many dedicated individuals in the Scarborough, Whitby and Filey areas who go out of their way to help others and many people who have overcome significant adversity to succeed in their lives – we continuously feature them in the pages of our newspapers.

“These awards are a great way for those people to be recognised and for the communities in this borough to say ‘thank you’. I’m particularly delighted that a category for uniformed youth groups has been incorporated and I hope we see lots of interest from the Cadets, Scouts and other uniformed movements.”

Nomination forms for the Borough’s Big Thank You Awards are available online via the council’s website, www.scarborough.gov.uk and through the websites of the Scarborough Evening News (www.scarborougheveningnews.co.uk), Whitby Gazette (www.whitbygazette.co.uk) and Filey and Hunmanby Mercury (www.fileymercury.co.uk).

They are also available from the council’s Customer First Centres and in the newspaper offices in Scarborough and Whitby. The deadline for nominations is 28 February 2012. And don’t forget to include children and young people who deserve recognition but seek parental permission to be able to nominate anyone under the age 18.

Judging will take place on 7 March 2012.

All nominees will be invited to a great presentation evening at Scarborough’s Spa Complex on Thursday April 26, 2012, from 6pm, which will include refreshments and entertainment.

Each nominee will receive a certificate, with awards being presented for outstanding achievements.