Citizens 4 Good scheme honours community heroes at its first event since COVID lockdowns.

Citizens 4 Good is a recognition scheme that aims to highlight the good deeds, kindness and support that local people provide to other members of their local community. It is a joint initiative between Sefton CVS and the Mayor of Sefton’s Office and was established in 2017.

This event was even more exciting as it was the first Citizens 4 Good event that was able to be held since the lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards were held at Bootle Town Hall and attended by nine nominees who received a certificate and thanks from the Mayor of Sefton, Councillor Clare Carragher.

Councillor Carragher said she was delighted to attend the event and to hear the many examples of the excellent work that people are doing in their local communities.

She commented: “So much good takes place in Sefton and we want Citizens 4 Good to shine a spotlight on those people making a difference to life in their area.”

One of the nominees, Mrs Jones said she was “honoured to have been nominated as part of Lydiate in Flower by one of our volunteers and to attend Bootle Town Hall to receive the certificate, along with the other worthy nominees”.

The nominees who received certificates were:

  • Michael Brennan for his work with Bootle Action Group making improvements to his local area
  • Laura Harlock for her work setting up the Food Pantry at Independence Initiatives combatting food poverty
  • H Jones for her Coordination and chairing of Lydiate in Flower making Lydiate a more beautiful place to live
  • Peter McVeigh for establishing the website and forum Bootle History providing a place for people to come together and reconnect
  • Colin Molloy for working tirelessly to make Derby Park a more pleasant area for local people to enjoy
  • Gill Ruane for running Sefton Baby Baskets providing mums with everything they need from birth to 3 months supporting deprived local families
  • Zak and Jit Sandhu for their acts of kindness and friendly attitude whilst running the Select and Save shop, Seaforth
  • Jemma Stewart for setting up Phoenix Healing supporting women who have been in domestic violence situations
  • Cath Wilson for founding Southport Lifeboat Station and raising £1.4million to build the new station

Michael Brennan of Bootle Action Group said “as a volunteer, I do what I do for the benefit of my community. Whilst not doing it for any recognition, it is humbling that people do recognise, and these awards are a great way to do just that”

Lauren Jones, Sefton CVS Volunteer Centre Coordinator, commented: “Everyone who has been recognised here tonight has made a really positive impact on their local community, and inspired someone enough to nominate them.”

For more information about future opportunities to nominate people for Citizens4Good please ring 0151 920 0726 or email info@sefton4good.org.uk.

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