Councillor nominated for Covid Hero award

By Barrie Hudson - 12 October 2020

Community

Swindon Borough Councillor Tim Swinyard has been shortlisted for the 2020 Cllr Awards for Covid-19 Hero.

  • Coun Swinyard felt very touched when he learned of his nomination

    Coun Swinyard felt very touched when he learned of his nomination

The awards are run by think tank the Local Government Information Unit and major charity fund manager CCLA.

The Cllr Awards are the only national ceremony to celebrate the contributions of our councillors, and 2020 is the 11th year of their showcasing the achievements of councillors across England. 

Nominees in the Covid-19 Hero category have been recognised as making sure that vital services are continued and going above and beyond to ensure that no one is left behind during the crisis.

Coun Swinyard founded Swindon Support, which helps vulnerable and self-isolating people with everything from grocery collection to simple company.

Its motto is a quote from Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King: "The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members."

Coun Swinyard said of his nomination: "It's a huge honour.

"I never did it for any accolade or recognition so it's really touching."

The winners will be decided by a panel of judges composed of senior councillors and officers as well as leading figures and groups from across the sector. 

Due to the ongoing health crisis, this year’s ceremony will take place virtually on Thursday, 26 November with special speakers and guests. 

LGIU Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West said: “The covid-19 pandemic has presented this country with a set of challenges that few could have predicted. 

"However, councillors up and down the country have risen to these challenges and stepped up to the plate for their communities. 

"From delivering food parcels to vulnerable residents and sourcing PPE for frontline workers to finding temporary accommodation for the homeless, local government has kept the country safe and moving. 

"It is for this reason that we are particularly proud to unveil the shortlist for this year’s Cllr Awards. Their achievements showcase the best of local government at a time when the country faces one of the greatest hardships of our lifetime.

"We would like to congratulate all of those councillors shortlisted and look forward to revealing the winners on the 26th of November.”

Information about the work of Swindon Support can be found at https://www.swindonsupport.uk/

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