Star of the big and small screen Ricky Tomlinson has launched this year’s Liverpool Older People’s Awards with a message for residents: ‘you know who deserves to win so get your application in’.
He will compere the event being staged at the Devonshire House Hotel in Edge Lane on September 17.
The awards are for over-65s and community groups catering for older people, with prizes of up to £500 on offer.
The deadline to enter the Liverpool City Council event is July 3.
Famous for roles in the Royle Family, Cracker and Brookside, Ricky Tomlinson is sponsoring the Smile Award with his cabaret club, The Greenroom.
He said: “Each year the Liverpool Older People’s Awards get better and better.
“Liverpool has some of the warmest, talented and kind-hearted people you could ever wish to meet and we want to hear about them so we can recognise their efforts.
“So if you know someone who helps out in the community, is an outstanding carer, is really active or goes that extra mile to make people smile, make sure you get them to apply or do so on their behalf.”
Liverpool City Council’s Mayoral Lead for Older People, Gerard Woodhouse, said: “Older people in Liverpool are living proof that age is no barrier to living busy and enjoyable lives.
“The city is doing a lot tackle old fashioned views about over 65s and the awards are another way of quashing the stereotype.”
The awards are supported by Liverpool Mutual Homes, HMS, Liverpool City Council, South Liverpool Homes, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, Your Housing Group, Local Solutions, Regenda, Liverpool Housing Trust, Riverside, Plus Dane, Sanctuary Housing Group, Home Carers Liverpool and The Print Rooms.
People can win £100, £50 and £25 respectively in the individual categories of Outstanding Community Volunteer Award, Outstanding Active Person Award, Outstanding Skilled/ Interesting Person/ Lifelong Learning Award and Outstanding Carer Award.
The top three in the Outstanding Older Person Initiative Award, Outstanding Older Person Agency Award and The Smile Award will win £500, £250 and £125.
Director of Landlord Services at LMH, Angela Forshaw, said: “Older people contribute so much to Liverpool and the awards allow us to celebrate them.
“We hear some incredible stories about the lengths people and organisations go to in order to help others or improve their own lives through commitment and sheer willpower – these people are the real heroes and deserve to be honoured.”