The entries are in and the winners for this year’s Lord Mayor of Nottingham Volunteers Awards will be celebrated at a special show.

The awards were open to volunteers from across the city and The Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Jackie Morris, called on people to nominate those who do things on a daily basis to make a positive difference to their local community.

The winner of each category was chosen by a panel including the Lord Mayor.

Winners will be announced at a special awards dinner next Friday (8 April).

On the night, there will be five awards given out; four of the categories will have three finalists. Dino & Pete, from the Capital East Midlands breakfast show, will be hosting the event; Nottingham raised singer/songwriter Rob Green will be performing, while Nottingham South MP Lilian Greenwood will also be there to give out an award.

Two of the awards include the Employer Award, for businesses which encourage volunteering, and the Lord Mayor’s Award, recognising an outstanding individual chosen specifically for the contribution they have made. The winner of this award has been selected by the Lord Mayor herself.

There are also three awards nominated by members of the public. They are:

Young Volunteer Award – Young people across the city help to improve their local communities by volunteering. This award acknowledges the important efforts under-25s make to improve their local communities and make it a better place to live.

Good Neighbour Award – Volunteering can be informal, like helping out your neighbours. These small acts can make a huge impact in our communities, and improve community spirit. This award recognises the people whose efforts are largely informal and very local, but who have had a significant positive impact on the lives of others.

Long-Serving Volunteer Award – This award recognises people who have been helping others over a long period of time; it celebrates their ongoing commitment to their community.

Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Jackie Morris, said: “We have had some amazing entries for the awards and it’s been great to see so many people who take the time out of their busy schedules to volunteer. Whether that be helping a neighbour or helping an organisation, they contribute to making our city a great community.

“These are awards are for local people who have made a positive difference in their neighbourhood and their efforts should be recognised.”

The awards are being organised jointly by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS). They are linked to the Looking After Each Other programme, which is about bringing together people and communities across Nottingham. Looking After Each Other is led in partnership by Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group and NCVS.