The 2013 Pride in Our People Awards
PRIDE in Our People is the Gazette's 'local Oscars' for people who have worked tirelessly to improve their community.
The awards are now in their ninth year, and once again we are delighted to confirm the University of West London as the official sponsor.
All of our winners are nominated by you, our readers, and everyone who fills out the nomination form below (or the form in the Gazette paper) will be entered into a draw to win £150.
The closing date for nominations is April 22 and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 30 at Pillars Restaurant, St Mary's Road, Ealing.
Guide to the categories
Community Champion: Someone who has made a real difference to their community, either by raising funds, running a self-help group or campaigning to improve the environment or services.
My Hero: Awarded for performing a heroic deed, everything from tackling a mugger to helping out a sick neighbour by doing the shopping or gardening. What might seem a small effort to you can be life-changing to someone in need.
Young person of the year: A child or young person who has made an outstanding personal achievement, against the odds, such as a physical or mental disability, or has helped less able friends, family or members of the community.
Key Worker: Anyone involved in key jobs such as the health or fire service, who go beyond the call of duty to help people in their care. They could also extend their work into the community such as a cancer nurse who leads a support group or youth worker who runs an outreach network to help troubled youngsters.
Business: This can be any business, large or small, which provides superb service or an innovative product that helps the community. It could be the manager or owner who goes that extra-mile for his customers, fund-raisers or is involved in the well being of customers. This could be also be some of the many businesses who showed great bravery and pulled together following the summer riots in Ealing, or have demonstrated other kinds of community dedication.