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Blyth Town Council has decided to launch a Good Citizens Award Scheme for 2018/19 and is seeking nominees who have gone the extra mile to help others in their community. Nominations are invited for three categories:
Individuals should be residents of Blyth and businesses should be based in Blyth.
We are looking for people who have selflessly helped others and who make a real difference to their community. This is a chance to make sure they get the recognition they deserve.
The winners will be invited to receive their award at a Town Council meeting. Individual winners will receive a certificate and gift voucher and businesses will receive a trophy and certificate.
Nominations for the award will be considered on a quarterly basis by a panel of Councillors.
If you would like to nominate a person or business for the award all you need to do is let us know the contribution they have made to the community and/or who they have helped.
Please click here for the nomination form.
The closing date is Thursday 11 April 2019 and the award/s will be presented at the Full Council/AGM on Thursday 9 May 2019.
The first awards were presented at the Full Council meeting on Thursday 11 October 2018. The Mayor was on holiday so they were presented by the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Kath Nisbet.
The winners of the Awards are:
Individual - Graham Short
Business - Engage
Cllr Nisbet read out a summary of the information given on the nomination forms that explains why they were chosen to receive the awards.
INDIVIDUAL - GRAHAM SHORT
Graham was nominated by Adam Dixon on behalf of Barry Pearson, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager.
Graham has volunteered at Blyth RNLI Lifeboat station for 20 years. During this time Graham has played a pivotal role in the operations of the station and responded to his pager hundreds of times at all hours in order to protect members of our community who use the water for industry and leisure. He has been the volunteer crew member at the helm of Blyth RNLI lifeboat for many of the service calls which will be long remembered by the community of Blyth.
Graham’s dedication was clear when in 2011 he returned to volunteering from a serious health concern. He returned in order to provide essential lifesaving cover when many people would have put their personal health and wellbeing first.
Living with a lifeboat pager involves constantly monitoring availability of fellow crew members to ensure there is sufficient cover to man the boat and volunteers often drop everything in order to respond which inevitably impacts on family life. Maintaining a balance between personal life, employment and volunteering for 20 years takes a huge degree of compassion and compromise on all parts.
BUSINESS - ENGAGE
Engage was nominated for the business award by Jo Armstrong who worked with founder Ian Herron for two years at the former Blyth Community College.
Ian is from Blyth, lives in Blyth, teaches in Blyth and played for Blyth Spartans - he is Blyth through and through.
Ian stayed at the same school that he attended and started his career, moving up to become an assistant head teacher. At all times he was very much pupil centered, always working hard to achieve the best outcomes, both academically and on a personal level for his pupils. He was passionate about what was currently on offer and how he could improve and work to ensure that the young people were given more opportunities and access.
In 2015 Engage was set up and the provision offered really has Blyth and its young people at heart providing an environment in which students know they belong, are cared for and supported to achieve. The achievement is not just in terms of their academic outcomes but also looking to ensure that they become the best they possibly can be and a positive member of the Blyth community.
The success of Engage has been as a result of Ian’s passion, hard work and drive alongside his people skills to create such an effective team. This is recognised through the students, parents, schools that access the provision, the partners they work with and the staff involved. Due to that success two more units of Engage have been set up in Alnwick and Durham.
Cllr Nisbet thanked Graham and Ian on behalf of the Town Council for their dedication and services to the community of Blyth.
For more information on the Good Citizen Award Click Here