THE hunt is on for people to nominate their unsung heroes for this year’s Oldbury Community Awards.

The awards aim to reward people who work tirelessly for the good of their community.

People have until Sunday, August 31 to nominate special people, groups or businesses for an award in a number of categories.

Organisers want to hear about individuals who help their neighbours, young people, who make a positive contribution to their community, or volunteers who make an impact.

Councillor Mahboob Hussain, Sandwell Council deputy leader, urged people to make nominations.

He said: “There are so many people who we take for granted, who help and support each other, their community group or club.

"Please send your nominations in and recognise our unsung Oldbury heroes.”

Residents can nominate their heroes for more than one category if you feel that an individual or community group fit into more than one.

Other awards available are for partnership working and a community project that has made a difference to the Oldbury community.

Bristnall Neighbourhood Watch are co-ordinating the awards, supported by Community First and Sandwell Council.

Community First is an £80million government-funded scheme which has been running for three years and ends next March.

The programme helps communities come together to identify their strengths and local priorities in order to plan for their future and become more resilient.

Application forms and more information are available from Carol Goult, Bristnall Neighbourhood Watch, by emailing or calling 07899 022200.

Nominations will be shortlisted by an independent panel and the shortlisted nominees will be invited to a presentation evening in October.