It’s time to nominate your local service champion

UNISON’s annual local service champions awards celebrate the local authority workers who go above and beyond to serve their communities

UNISON’s awards for local service champions are launching today, giving members the opportunity to nominate someone working in local authority services who has gone above and beyond.

It’s a great opportunity to celebrate all of the staff in local government who support us at every stage of our lives, as well as highlighting how just how valuable the services they provide are.

Last year’s winner was Jenny Evans, a senior customer services representative at Frodsham Library, in Cheshire.

She’s worked in libraries for 40 years and said: “I started at 16 and was taken on permanently in October 1979, and I haven’t stopped working. I still have that buzz and enthusiasm, and I just want everyone else to have that.”

Her colleague Amanda Baron, who nominated her, commented: “Jenny is a champion of the community. She has transformed the library into the community hub it was meant to be. She has read stories to generations of children who now bring their own children to story time.

And Ms Baron continued: “She focuses and adapts services when possible to provide essential help to the public. And when we can’t help, she always knows someone who can.”

Nominations close on Friday 4 February, so get your submission in on time and spread the word with the hashtag #Localservicechampions.

Nominate a local service champion here