Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire’s Lord Lieutenant are spearheading an initiative to ensure Warwickshire is recognised nationally for its community and voluntary working, innovation and enterprise.
Chairman of Warwickshire County Council, Councillor Bob Hicks and the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Tim Cox recently hosted an event at Nuneaton Town Hall where they outlined to the invited guests how more can be done to attract recognition for individuals, groups and organisations in Warwickshire.
Cllr Hicks said: “It is important that we stimulate aspirations and provide confidence locally, particularly in the north of the county, in increasing due recognition for individuals and organisations who serve the community.
“Last year the Nuneaton and Bedworth Neighbourhood Watch Association was honoured with the Queen’s Award for voluntary service and we have many more organisations and individuals that are deserving of such recognition.”
Lord Lieutenant Tim Cox said: “The purpose of this event is to raise awareness among our private, public and voluntary sector partners who are in a position to nominate individuals for national honour.
“It is also important that businesses and organisations are aware of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services. We should also ensure that, where possible, we secure Royal visits to the area to boost the recognition of efforts of local businesses and community groups. I would urge everyone present to encourage and promote the national awards and consider putting forward individuals and groups for consideration of national recognition.”
Cllr Jeff Clarke, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment said: “We want to make Warwickshire the best it can be and to be recognised as a county that celebrates the success of its individuals, community and voluntary groups and our businesses. It is important that we draw attention to the honours and awards that are open to us and make the most of these opportunities.”
Guests at the event included civic heads from Nuneaton and Bedworth, North Warwickshire and Rugby. Also present were Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones; county and borough councillors from North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth and Rugby; and senior representatives from the Police, Fire and Rescue and the armed forces. Additionally there were a wide range of guests from voluntary and third sector organisations, community groups, education, health and the magistracy.
The event was closed with a vote of thanks from the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Councillor Jill Sheppard for a very successful and well-attended event to launch the new initiative.
The Lord Lieutenant Tim Cox has launched a new website http://lordlieutenantofwarwickshire.co.uk about the awards system and information about the awards is also available from the Lord Lieutenant’s Office, email firstname.lastname@example.org