Banbury and Bicester College student seek out local community heroes for prestigious award

Lifeskills students at Banbury and Bicester College are reaching out to the public to learn more about how community supports each other. The students aim to give thanks to all those who make a difference locally to the lives of others via an awards ceremony.

Lifeskills students at Banbury and Bicester College have launched the Unsung Heroes of Banbury Award Ceremony to celebrate community heroes.

The award encourages the public to nominate people of all ages. You can nominate those that provide support, practical help, dedicate their time or go above and beyond for others.

Local community award in Banbury

Nominations are open to all in Banbury. The award aims to bring the whole community together by recognising, celebrating and giving thanks to community heroes.

The project, launched in September 2022, has been executed by the college’s supported learning students.

It provides a great opportunity for community awareness. In addition, learners apply organisation, communication, self-advocacy and independence skills. They will learn more about community life and the importance of supporting others.

Recognising the importance of community

Kate Johnson, Lifeskills teacher at Banbury and Bicester College, said: “I am so proud of these students for recognising the importance of community spirit and having the confidence and drive to plan such a powerful project aimed at thanking those who give something back to the local community.

“I really hope we see a lot of public support. We hope to highlight what others do to contribute to our thriving and caring community.

“Our young people are our future. Spreading awareness of how we support each other can only encourage more people to become involved. We hope to increase awareness and appreciation for those who go over and above locally.”

Nominate Unsung Heroes of Banbury

To nominate your local unsung hero, simply send an email to: kate.johnson@activatelearning.ac.uk, where you will be sent a nomination form to fill in and send back by the 9 December.

Lifeskills students will review all nominations and the nominated hero will be contacted. The Unsung Heroes of Banbury Award Ceremony will be held at Banbury and Bicester College in March 2023. Finalists will be invited to attend the event and enjoy a ceremony fit for a local hero.