Search for unsung heroes

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THE search is on for the unsung heroes who help to make Hartlepool a safer place.

The Safer Hartlepool Partnership is inviting nominations for its 2012 Community Safety Awards.

There are three awards categories this year – the Individual Award, the Community Safety Group of the Year and the Community Safety Volunteer of the Year.

The deadline for nominations to be received is December 16, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Belle Vue Community Sports and Youth Centre on January 18 next year.

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond, who is chairman of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership, said: “There are many public-spirited people – either working as individuals or as members of a group – whose selfless actions benefit others and help to make the town safer, but they often don’t get the recognition that they deserve.

“The partnership is keen to address this and I would urge people to support us by nominating people for an award.”

The Individual Award will go to the nominee who is judged to have contributed most to community safety in the past year.

This could be someone who has given evidence that has helped to secure a conviction or a person who has set up a residents’ group to tackle community safety issues.

The Community Safety Group of the Year award is open to residents’ associations, or other community group, including youth groups.

The Community Safety Volunteer of the Year award is a new award and aims to acknowledge the contribution made by volunteers across a range of agencies.

It could be a Victim Support volunteer, a Neighbourhood Watch participant or a member of the Special Constabulary.

Nomination forms are available by calling (01642) 302589.