DO you know someone or some organisation that goes the extra mile to help others in the community?

This is your chance to nominate your unsung heroes in the ninth annual Community Stars Awards.

The awards, organised by the Telegraph & Argus and Bradford Council, are designed to give recognition to those striving to make a difference in their local communities. Our readers are being asked to nominate people before a panel of judges sift through all the nominations and whittle them down to a shortlist of nominees.


It will then be over to Bradfordians to vote for the winners, who will be unveiled at a ceremony to be held at the Bradford Hotel on Thursday, December 5, where each category winner will be honoured with the Bradford Medal. People must tell the person they are a nominee.

The Community Stars Awards are part of the People Can Make a Difference campaign and are also sponsored by Better Start Bradford.


Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Doreen Lee said: "As Lord Mayor, I am very privileged to see a lot of wonderful work going on throughout the local community. Some of it can be unrecognised and unappreciated, so it is marvellous that we can all play a part in remedying this.

"The annual Community Stars Awards gives everyone the chance to nominate people, groups or organisations they know who make a positive and valuable difference to the lives of local people and the wellbeing of our district.

"Please help us to recognise all those who make Bradford a better, brighter place by nominating them for a Community Stars Award."

The Outstanding Student Award will recognise a student who has made an outstanding contribution to their local community voluntarily. Any student nominated must be currently undertaking full or part-time study in Primary, Secondary, Higher and Further Education. The community activity must be Bradford-based.

The Good Neighbour category is sponsored this year by Incommunities who will be looking out for people who "do extraordinary things to help others in their communities".

The other categories include Community Group, Volunteer, Community Champion, Better Start Bradford's Outstanding Contribution, Fundraiser, Young Active Citizen and Business.

Councillor Abdul Jabar, Bradford Council's executive member for neighbourhoods and community safety, said: "Bradford district has a strong culture of volunteering and these awards highlight the fantastic contributions of all the district's active citizens. I would urge people, if their life has been touched by someone who gives their time to make a difference, to nominate them for an award.”