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The race is on to find the Community Champions of Birmingham

Published: Friday, 14th February 2020

A search to find the unsung heroes of Birmingham to spearhead an exciting new community campaign has been launched by Birmingham City Council.

The Community Champions will play a key role in the local area as the city prepares for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Heading up the campaign is local volunteer Hector Pinkney MBE, known to his neighbourhood as “Mr. Handsworth”.

Hector explains, “We’re looking for community heroes. They could have helped a neighbour in need, coached a local sports team, or given up time their free time to help others.”

The successful nominees will have made a positive difference to public life and as Community Champions will perform a vital liaison role, working with the city council to create a direct link to their community. This will help the council to better understand how local people feel and to develop exciting activities throughout the journey to 2022.

People can nominate friends, relatives or colleagues, or someone who has made a positive difference to their life. Alternatively, people can put themselves forward.

Hector added: “This is about bringing people together. My gift is to support my neighbours, friends and community. The Commonwealth Games is a chance to showcase our neighbourhood, and I know so many people who want to get involved and celebrate the Games. Today, I’m the council’s Chief Excitement Officer!”

Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “It is an exciting time for the city as we prepare for the games. This initiative is a great opportunity for local people to have their voice heard and play a key part in helping to create a legacy we can be proud of.

“Hector is a true inspiration and epitomises what it is to be a community champion. We want local people to embrace this opportunity and constructively address issues they feel passionately about. We will help them to champion, lead and participate in the community, and drive positive change across the region.

“We would love to hear from you if you have someone in mind. We are also inviting local people to put themselves forward. If you know anyone who fits the bill, don’t hesitate – let us know now.”

For further information about the initiative, how to nominate, and terms and conditions please visit: https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/50116/commonwealth_games_2022/2010/community_champions.

Paper nomination forms will also be available in the following libraries:

  • Sutton Coldfield
  • Erdington
  • Shard End
  • South Yardley
  • Kings Heath
  • Sparkhill
  • Acocks Green
  • Weoley Castle
  • Kings Norton
  • Handsworth
  • Tower Hill
  • Birchfield
  • Library of Birmingham