Nominations open for Merseyside Impact Awards

KNOWSLEY based First Ark is asking for your help in identifying people and businesses from across Merseyside who deserve recognition for their contribution to the community, ahead of the company’s 11th annual award ceremony.The First Ark Impact Awards are taking place on the 3rd November at The Venue in Huyton and provide an opportunity to recognise those individuals and organisations who have gone the extra mile and made a positive difference within Merseyside.Last year’s event saw over 200 people come together to celebrate the achievements of the unsung heroes who do so much to improve the lives of others. Previous winners include Halewood Youth in Community Centre and domestic violence charity The First Step.Nominations for this year’s event close on the 18th September and the categories include inspirational person of the year, apprentice of the year and social organisation of the year. There are also awards for entrepreneur and volunteer of the year.The full list of categories and judging criteria is listed below:
KHT Resident of the yearA resident that contributes and encouragescommunity cohesion, positivity and support
Volunteer of the yearSomeone who has voluntarily given up their time to make a difference within the community
Social Enterprise ChampionAn individual or a business that combines commercial activities with a social value
Community group of the yearA group that makes a real difference and benefits their local community
Social organisation of the yearA business that goes the extra mile for a community or neighbourhood and encourages strong collaborative partnerships and through which generates social value and impact
Community project of the yearA recent project that really stands out and that has made a difference within your community perhaps reducing isolation or enhancing integration
Entrepreneur of the yeara motivational business leader who has demonstrated real drive and entrepreneurship
Apprentice of the yearAn apprentice who has shown true determination, enthusiasm and proactivity and has become an asset to your team
Inspirational person of the yearSomeone who deserves very special recognition for all they have achieved and contributed as well as being a true asset, inspiration and role model within Merseyside
 Speaking ahead of the awards, Bob Taylor, chief executive of First Ark, said: “These awards are a great opportunity for us to celebrate the people and organisations who go the extra mile for their community. We’ve got a few new award categories this year, in recognition of the growing number of people and businesses we’re working with from across Merseyside.”If you know someone who deserves to be recognised for their community work, or you are interested in sponsoring or attending the event, contact Helen Goodwin at First Ark either by email or telephone 0151 290 7489.