Everyone knows someone who has made a difference in their community.
Volunteers and caring people, those who have achieved, are the people who help create a strong and vibrant society.
As your local newspaper, we believe the efforts of those unsung heroes and heroines should be recognised, and now you can nominate someone for our Pride in Bedfordshire 2016 awards.
They are launched this year in association with the Harpur Trust and Costa, supported by Quantum Print.
The Pride in Bedfordshire awards will be presented at Bedford Corn Exchange on Thursday, November 3, with guest Jon Moses, a finalist in ITV’s Superstar.
We want to hear from you about people in your community who have made a real difference.
The categories are:
Excellence in Education/Apprenticeship: sponsored by Costa
This award is for an individual or group who has enriched their lives through a commitment to learning, maybe an adult who has returned to education and achieved excellence in their chosen field, or someone young or older who inspires others with their enthusiasm and love for learning.
Volunteer of the Year: sponsored by BPHA Ltd
For an individual or organisation who gives freely and unselfishly of his or her time to help others, go above and beyond their role, inspire and motivate others to volunteer and have made an impact.
Care in the Community: sponsored by Harpur Trust
This award recognises individuals who have shown incredible patience and understanding, often for many years, caring for and supporting a friend or loved one. This award recognises those who have cared for others without thought for themselves or any public recognition
Unsung Hero/Heroine: sponsored by Keens Shay Keens Ltd
This award recognises the achievements of individuals or groups that go out of their way for others or their community as a whole. From spreading good news to voluntary support, this award is for people who are not recognised for their years of commitment.
Raising the profile of the town: sponsored by Eagle Ale
This award is for someone who has actively promoted the town via press releases to local media. An individual or group who has worked towards making their area a safer or stronger community and promoted the positivity of the town outside the area.
Fundraiser of the Year: available to sponsor
This award is to recognise the achievements of the many people that raise money for others. Many of these people so often go without recognition.
Courage & Kindness: available to sponsor
This award recognises the courage and/or kindness that individuals have shown in their lives. Courage may be in the face of a difficult or challenging situation or in the face of personal adversity or suffering. Kindness is about care and concern for others and is reflected in attitudes and actions towards others; kindness inspires kindness and can lead to a cycle of happiness.
Young Achiever: available to sponsor
This award is for someone under 21 who has achieved great things in sport, represented their school, been involved in volunteer work, or achieved distinction in some other field. An individual who has gone above the expected and is setting new standards in a particular field.
The Harpur Trust will also sponsor a Winner of Winners award.
How to nominate
Full details of how to nominate someone for an award is at http://bedsprideawards.weebly.com
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01536 506123 for further details.
Please submit your nominations no later than October 5, 2016.