Do you know someone who works tirelessly to make a difference in our community?
The Civic Awards are an opportunity to officially recognise the commitment and hard work of the most deserving people in the Borough.
They honour the efforts and achievements of local people and organisations who have strived to make Brentwood a better place to live and work.
The awards are being held to celebrate the countless hours of commitment demonstrated by the many local people who dedicate themselves to helping others.
The awards are given to those for their 'service to the community' or for their 'lifetime achievement'. It could be an individual or a group who have made a real difference to the local community. Anyone who lives or works in Brentwood can be nominated.
For the Service to the Community category you may want to nominate someone you work with, a family member or your neighbour. They may be an unsung hero who volunteers their free time, works in the community, or they could have done something exceptional. The category is not restricted by age, so it could be a young person who has been caring for their family member, or someone who has spent their time helping others without expecting anything in return. It's also the second year the awards have been opened up to groups to be included in the Service to the Community category, who may be nominated for the exceptional work they have done.
The second category is the Lifetime Achievement award for someone who has made a difference in Brentwood over a considerable amount of time and deserves recognition for what they have accomplished.
The nominations will be judged by a panel of judges, including the Mayor of Brentwood.
Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Noelle Hones, said: "It is clear that in Brentwood there is no shortage of dedicated individuals and groups who give their time for worthy causes. They put in a huge amount of effort into making other people's lives better.
It is important that we as a community say thank you to those who give so much and recognise all that they do."
To assist the judging panel, please ensure you include as much detail as possible when nominating with examples of what the individual or group have done in the community.
To nominate someone to be considered for an award you can collect a form from the reception at the Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, or fill in the short form available at www.brentwood.gov.uk/civicaward, or search Civic Awards on the Brentwood Borough Council website www.brentwood.gov.uk.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 3rd March 2017 and a judging panel will consider all nominations in mid March 2017.
The awards will be presented on Friday 7th April at the Civic Dinner.