The Wessex FM Local Hero Awards 2017, sponsored by Porter Dodson Solicitors and Advisors.
Nominations are open for you to put forward local people you know who deserve recognition for the great work they do in the community.
It's really easy to make a nomination. Just click on your chosen category below and fill in the form.
You can make nominations in more than one category, and you can even make multiple nominations in the same category.
Nominations close on Sunday 4th June.
We’re sure you can remember your favourite teachers from school, but which teachers will your children still be talking about in years to come? There are some brilliant teachers working hard in Dorset, and we’re looking for nominations for those teachers who have really made a difference in the learning experience of our children, or the way they have inspired youngsters to better things.
There are many more people caring for others than you may think in Dorset. Not only are there full time carers, but people who put their own lives on hold to make sure that elderly or disabled neighbours, family members, or friends are looked after.
There are many unsung heroes in the towns and villages across Dorset, and Wessex FM is looking to honour someone who has demonstrated excellent community spirit. They may have helped out an elderly or vulnerable neighbour or group, been instrumental in a community initiative, or fought for better local facilities.
This category aims to highlight some of the great achievements by individuals in Dorset. This could be in business, in sport, or at school. It could also be a personal achievement in overcoming adversity, or surpassing expectations.
This Award is to recognise the outstanding achievements of anyone working for the emergency services, in nursing, or the armed forces.
Who’s a great neighbour? Who’s always there to help with an odd job, or always has time for a coffee and a chat? Who goes the extra mile to look in on an elderly or vulnerable person living nearby, or has helped look after your children at the last minute?
Celebrate animal rescuers, animal carers and indeed animals who are heroes themselves! Do you know someone that has campaigned for animal welfare, or cares for and rescues animals? Do you know an animal that has gone above and beyond for an owner or friend? Or maybe you have a pet that has had a traumatic life but has shown outstanding resilience and now brings joy to your life?
Being a parent isn’t easy for anybody! Every parent is a star, but this award is to recognise a truly outstanding mum or dad or foster parent. They may have coped with adversity, shown friendship or support to other parents, or gone an extra mile to support their child.
This category is to recognise the achievements of somebody under the age of 25 from Dorset. This could be in the world of work, such as an apprentice, someone who has shown inspiration or maturity beyond their years in a difficult situation, or been instrumental in helping to improve the lives of others.
Raising money for charity is getting tougher, with more demands on our time and pocket. Our Charity Award will recognise an individual who works for, or volunteers for, a charity or good cause in Dorset.
This Award will honour one club or individual who has excelled in grass roots or professional sport in the county. They may have achieved success beyond expectation, or it could be someone behind the scenes who has made it possible for others to take part in sport in Dorset.
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Remember to make your nominations by Sunday 4th June, and don't forget that you can make as many nominations as you like.