The Be Proud Awards are a celebration of the extraordinary volunteers and local champions that help to make a difference in our communities and are a true asset to the city.
The awards, hosted by Manchester City Council, feature seven main categories: the road to zero carbon; supporting health and wellbeing; promoting equality and diversity; creating cleaner and greener neighbourhoods; creativity in the community; business in the community; and outstanding contribution.
There will also be three additional awards to recognise the astounding support provided by local groups throughout the pandemic: an individual award; a group award; and a working effectively together award.
The awards are returning in March 2022, and nominations are now open.
All finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony and gala dinner that is due to take place next year – more details to follow.
2019’s award went to Emmie’s Kitchen, pictured, who provide meals for the parents of children who are patients at Manchester Children’s hospital.
They care for the wellbeing of the parents and offer them a space to unwind during troubling times.
“Winning the award was a real recognition of our hard work and it showed us how much we could achieve,” they said.
“It was a good morale boost and provided us with the confidence to power through the pandemic and to really commit to the charity.
“Winning the Be Proud Awards also gave us a platform to draw attention to a forgotten community and show that they need support too.”
Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, Executive Councillor for Neighbourhoods, said: “After the past two years it comes with great pride that we can gather together to recognise the exceptional work that local unsung heroes do daily and continued to do throughout the pandemic.
“The Be Proud Awards are an excellent opportunity to celebrate the important contribution of individuals and local community groups and thanking them for their unwavering support in both the past and the future.”
“I am thrilled to be able to meet the local heroes that hold our communities together.”
If you know of anyone who you think deserves a Be Proud award for their service to local communities, visit: manchester.gov.uk/beproud.