Nominate unsung heroes now for new civic awards
Do you know an unsung hero whose remarkable achievements are helping make Hackney a better place to live, work or study? Then we want to hear about them.
Hackney Council is launching its first-ever I Love Hackney Mayor’s Civic Awards, on the 10th Anniversary of the I Love Hackney civic pride campaign, to recognise, celebrate and reward the special people of our borough.
Perhaps you know someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in the community? Somebody who has overcome an extraordinary difficulty; a fabulous teacher or carer; a person who has shown immense courage; a tireless fundraiser or volunteer; or an individual who has gone that extra mile to better their neighbourhood. We want to hear their stories.
Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe said: “We know there are amazing people from all walks of life doing extraordinary things in and for our borough - it's time they get the recognition and thanks they deserve.
"If you know anyone who you think has made a significant contribution to improving life in Hackney, then nominate them for these special awards and help us celebrate the best of our borough."
We know there are amazing people from all walks of life doing extraordinary things in and for our borough - it's time they get the recognition and thanks they deserve.
If you know anyone who you think has made a significant contribution to improving life in Hackney, then nominate them for these special awards and help us celebrate the best of our borough.
The hugely successful I Love Hackney campaign was born in 2006, following the broadcast of a Channel 4 property programme, which branded Hackney as 'the worst place to live in the UK'.
The response from residents and businesses was one of passionate defence of their area, including staff at Hackney Museum who created an 'I Love Hackney' exhibition, which saw local celebrities talk about why they loved the borough.
For the exhibition, museum staff customised the iconic I Love NY motif, and it has captured the hearts of residents and visitors alike ever since.
Hundreds of thousands of I Love Hackney badges, t-shirts and bags have been snapped up at public events over the past decade.
Nominees for the civic awards can be of any age and from any background. However, if you are nominating and are under 18, please make sure you have a parent’s or guardian's permission to do so. If your nominee is under 18, please make sure you have their parent’s or guardian's permission.
All nominations will be considered by a panel of judges.
Please submit your nominations by downloading an application online here and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can pick up the forms at libraries across the borough and at Hackney Town Hall and post it to: Jane Ball, 1st floor Maurice Bishop House, 17 Reading Lane, E8 1HH.Nominations close on Monday, 28 March.
The three winners will be announced at the Council’s AGM in May, where they will receive trophies and certificates. A special award is also to be given to St Joseph’s Hospice in Mare Street for its work in the community.