Hunt is on for the south east’s Community Champions

The search is on for the unsung heroes of Glasgow as the Community Champion’s spotlight is being cast over the south east of the city.

If you know a community campaigner from Castlemilk, an inspirational student from Shawlands or a great Gorbalite grandparent, let us know.  This is the third round of five in our quest to honour the people who make Glasgow flourish in 2013.

We need you to tell us about the groups and individuals whose efforts are making a difference in an area stretching from Greater Gorbals and Pollokshields out to Castlemilk and Carmunnock.

It could be a mum organising activities for young people, a stand-out school teacher who works off timetable in the name of education, an emergency service worker who is passionate about making communities safer, or a housing activist determined to drive up the standard of living for others.

There might be a charity providing an invaluable service to your family, a school pupil who has overcome adversity to become a role model to others, a youth club whose outreach work has driven down anti-social behaviour, or a public servant who time and again goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, we’re also looking to find examples of sports coaches putting the next generation of stars through their paces, in addition to recognising those who want to address Glasgow’s reputation as the sick man of Europe by tackling health and well-being issues head-on.

There are eight categories in which to nominate your local heroes: Individual, Team, Public Service, Senior, Young, Uniformed Service, Sport, Health & Wellbeing.

So don’t delay, tell us about the friends, relatives, neighbours or work colleagues who you think deserve to step into the spotlight.

The search area covers the neighbourhoods around Langside, Battlefield, King’s Park, Mount Florida, Cathcart, Simshill, Croftfoot, Castlemilk, Carmunnock, Greater Gorbals, Pollokshields, Shawlands, Strathbungo, Toryglen and Govanhill.

All nominations must reach us by Wednesday, June 5.

After the closing date, entries will be carefully considered by a judging panel made up of representatives from the awards partners: Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Community Planning Partnership, GHA, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and the Evening Times.

And whether selected as a finalist or not, everyone is welcome to attend the area awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 26.

We’ll be looking to showcase local talent on the night – so get in touch if you know an act that would be a fitting finale to the awards and who would like to perform before a big crowd.

The ceremony will be a homecoming for Lord Provost Sadie Docherty Sadie, who represents the Linn ward in the city.  She said: “The Community Champions is about celebrating the best in people – folk who make a real difference contributing to their communities.  I am very excited at the prospect of the event in my ward, and I know there will be fierce competition.  Choosing winners is never easy.”

The winners from the South East will join the illustrious members of our Community Champion hall of fame, as well as taking their place at the grand finale at the City Chambers in December.

The South East area was previously split into two sections in the first two years of the Glasgow Community Champion Awards.

But we’ve combined the Pollokshields & Southside Central and Langside & Linn areas into one large search area, home to around 102,000 residents.

Last year’s event, at Polmadie Fire Station, proved a red-hot celebration, with Castlemilk High School teacher Stuart Munro picking up the Individual trophy, and pupils John Gillies and Charles Lang collecting finalist certificates in the Young category.

In the preceding years of the campaign, we’ve also held ceremonies in Destiny Church, in Shawlands, Langside Hall, Castlemilk Community Centre, and we have twice visited the St Francis Centre in the Gorbals.

Previous winners in the South East have included; Southside Friends of the Hospice, who have fundraised tirelessly for the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice; Govanhill-based ethnic minority sports club Active Life; Castlemilk housing activists Anna Stuart and Maureen Cope; the young at heart members of Castlemilk Pensioners Action Centre; and the first posthumous award of the campaign went to retired policeman and King’s Park campaigner Charlie Boyce.

All events in the South East have been lit up by the Young winners, including Shawlands Dance Group from Shawlands Academy; the environmental ambassadors from Hampden School and those from additional needs school Hollybrook; the event organisers of Flofest from Mount Florida Primary School; and the fundraising superheroes of Langside Youth Connexion and St Mirin’s Primary School.

Since the awards launched in autumn 2008, we have crowned more than 200 community champions drawn from across the city and received thousands of extraordinary nominations.

To date, we have hosted 32 events around Glasgow and honoured city-wide winners at four grand finals.

For a nomination form, call Lyndsay Wilson on 0141 302 7407, e mail communitychamps@eveningtimes.co.uk