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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Colchester Borough Council is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to take action to minimise disruption and keep residents and visitors safe. 

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Together We Can Community Recognition Award

Nominations are now open for Colchester Borough Council’s community recognition award, which honours those who help communities flourish.

‘Together We Can’ will recognise and celebrate community pride in neighbourhoods across the borough. It is a way to offer thanks to individuals and community groups who have given their time and efforts to create a lasting impact within their communities.

Together We Can Community Recognition Award logo

The awards, which are open to everyone, will recognise great ideas and initiatives in the community – from whole street scenes being maintained by residents, to community groups supporting residents by running essential errands. The list of projects and achievements are endless!

Make a nomination 

Nominations can be made by neighbours, community groups, councillors, community wardens – anyone in fact – and should be submitted to our Communities team, through the nomination form.

Nominations will receive a signed certificate by Councillor Nick Cope, the Mayor of Colchester, for individual residents, or a plaque for community groups, in recognition of their efforts. Recipients will be encouraged to display these in their local area to help boost community pride.

Celebrating residents

Speaking about the recognition award, Councillor Mike Lilley said: “Together We Can is a celebration of the wonderful initiatives and inspirational people going the extra mile in their neighbourhoods for the benefit of everyone.”

“With so much excellent work being carried out by exceptional individuals and groups in communities across the borough – even before the coronavirus crisis – it’s time to highlight and foster these community-spirited ideas more, with a recognition scheme that simply says ‘Thank you'."

As well as celebrating residents’ efforts, time and inspiration within their communities, the award scheme aims to support local COVID-19 recovery initiatives. This may be through improving mental health, tackling isolation and loneliness, increasing physical activity and wellbeing by encouraging more outdoor activities. It hopes to support communities further, by helping to identify residents who may need additional support, for example, with cutting their lawn.

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