The search is on for community heroes names

Local volunteers keep Banbridge communities cleaner, greener and safer.
Local volunteers keep Banbridge communities cleaner, greener and safer.

Nominations are now open for the third annual Live Here Love Here Community Awards and organisers are calling on people in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon area to make sure to nominate their ‘Community Heroes’ - those who give up their time to keep our communities cleaner, greener and safer.

The awards, held at Belfast City Hall on February 12 2019, are organised by charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful to celebrate and recognise the work of groups and individuals who instil pride in communities across Northern Ireland through environmental action such as clean ups, green ups and spruce ups.

Local volunteers keep Banbridge communities cleaner, greener and safer.

Local volunteers keep Banbridge communities cleaner, greener and safer.

Last year, £45m was spent cleaning the streets of Northern Ireland, which is a massive burden on the public purse.

Live Here Love Here, along with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers, run a number of clean up projects throughout the year.

The Big Spring Clean, Northern Ireland’s largest anti-litter campaign, was supported by 119,000 volunteers in 2018 and as a result, removed a massive 135 tonnes of litter across Northern Ireland.

Jodie-Ann McAneaney, Live Here Love Here Manager said: “Last year we received 170 nominations across Northern Ireland, with volunteers as young as five years old being celebrated. Given the amount of volunteers we had participating in our clean ups this year, we hope to see even more nominations for 2019.

“If you know anyone who is dedicated to keeping our environment healthy, it can be anything from reducing litter or dog fouling, improving the quality of their local environment or even creating a shared community space – then make sure you nominate them and give them the recognition they deserve!”

Jodie continued: “It’s truly heart-warming to see the huge effort being made across local communities to create and maintain a better place for everyone to live.  “We’re looking forward to celebrating our community heroes at the awards ceremony in February. The recognition is our way of thanking them, with their support we hope to encourage more people to get involved and Live Here Love Here.”

With 16 categories to apply for there is something for everyone. Whether your nominee is a dedicated litter hero, a tourism booster or a neighbourhood champion, now is your chance to say thank you.

Entry is free and easy, simply download an application pack from www.liveherelovehere.org, fill out the nomination form and send it to karina.magee@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org before 12 noon on January 7 2019.

The awards will take place on Tuesday, February 12 2019 at Belfast City Hall, hosted by Lesser Spotted Journeys/Ulster presenter, Joe Mahon.

Live Here Love Here is an inspiring partnership between the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs; Choice Housing; Northern Ireland Housing Executive; Coca-Cola; McDonald’s and ten local councils, working alongside Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

To learn more about the categories and awards please visit www.liveherelovehere.org.