Paulette Hamilton wins first 'resilience and recovery' award
Cllr Paulette Hamilton has won the inaugural Resilience and Recovery award at the annual national Cllr Awards.
The awards, from the LGIU (Local Government Information Unit), celebrate the contribution of local councillors across England and Wales. The Resilience and Recovery category looked at the importance of place and wellbeing in the approach to pandemic recovery with the winner emphasising ‘marginalised voices and voices of external partners to ensure that their approach is inclusive and wide-reaching’.
Cllr Hamilton, cabinet member for social care and wellbeing, said: “I am delighted and humbled to have won the LGIU Councillor of the Year award for Resilience and Recovery. We have all grappled to respond to the challenges of the past 21 months and local authorities have been at the heart of supporting our communities and ensuring our most vulnerable citizens remain safe and connected.
“This work continues and I will always strive to do what I can to support all our residents and improve the services we deliver to improve outcomes with a renewed focus on prevention, early intervention, dignity and independence to reduce health inequalities and improve mental wellbeing.
“We need to ensure the voices of all our communities are heard by those who serve them to ensure we work in partnership to deliver changes and improvements that they expect and deserve. There is no doubt we have all learnt a great deal from the challenges we have all faced over the last 21 months. It is therefore vital that we keep our focus on striving to deliver excellence and build on the lessons we have all learnt to ensure we can maintain the momentum that has seen us meet the challenge of an unprecedented pandemic.”
The winners were announced at a ceremony last night.