Lib Dem Councillors to thank ‘Community Champions’

York Lib Dems are launching a community recognition scheme to thank those who have gone the extra mile to help their neighbours and communities through this difficult time.



Despite the challenges we have all had to face throughout the last few months, it’s been inspiring to witness York’s communities coming together. We’ve seen neighbours checking in on each other, wonderful groups of strangers forming volunteer Mutual Aid groups, shopkeepers working extra hours, restaurants doing local deliveries to homes and local churches and other organisations helping the vulnerable.

In order to recognise and thank the local heroes, who stepped up to help their communities, Liberal Democrat local councillors are launching a community recognition scheme. You can highlight those who have gone above and beyond to help in this time of crisis by emailing your nomination for a ‘Community Champion’ to [email protected].

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on City of York Council, said:

“Throughout this crisis it’s been inspiring to see the resilience and compassion of communities across the city, including in Fulford and Heslington. Thousands of residents volunteered to support one another whether by delivering food and medicine, making phone calls or simply being there for a neighbour in need. The selfless dedication of volunteers and community activists has been a lifeline to many of our city’s most vulnerable residents.

“As restrictions are eased and we begin to return to our everyday lives, it’s crucial that we harness the community spirit displayed by residents through this challenging time and build on the momentum of York’s extraordinary community action. This is why we are putting communities at the heart of our recovery efforts to build on the successes of the community-based schemes as we look to build back better and help strengthen York’s thriving communities.”

Cllr Andrew Hollyer, Councillor for the Haxby and Wigginton ward, commented:

“The one thing that has really stood out to us as local ward councillors throughout this pandemic is the strength and resilience of our community. Amongst the challenges of the last few months we’ve had the chance to witness many examples of York doing what it does best – local residents coming together and supporting each other. From frontline NHS workers to neighbours looking out for each other, the community spirit that binds us is now stronger than ever.

“Whether it is somebody who has helped set up a local group to distribute food to those in isolation, a good neighbour checking those nearby are in good health and good spirits or a business which has changed what it does to help out those in need or to provide the NHS and others with vital equipment - we want to thank and celebrate our unsung local champions.”


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