A new award is to be handed out to Birmingham people who have made an outstanding contribution to city life.
The Lord Mayor’s Award will be given to locals who have “gone the extra mile” by reaching an outstanding achievement or given exceptional service to the community. Only a maximum of three awards will be handed out every year and individuals, groups or organisations will all be eligible. It is the idea of the current Lord Mayor, Coun Michael Wilkes, to fill the gap between a person receiving a Letter of Appreciation and being given the Freedom of the City.
The criteria recipients will have to meet, which are being drawn up by the council’s business management committee, include doing something that has improved the reputation of Birmingham, benefited a significant number of residents or shown selfless service.
Other requirements are commanding the respect of their peers, being an exceptional role model and demonstrating great moral courage against the odds.
Nominations can be made by a councillor or members of the public, with the awards being handed out during ceremonies at Christmas and at the AGM of the council in May.
The “judging” panel will be the Lord Mayor and group secretaries of the three political parties. Winners will receive a testimonial and an inscribed medal.
The scheme will be launched in October when details of how nominations can be made will be announced, with the first award being handed out at Christmas.