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Published April 7th 2020
Use social media to nominate unsung heroes during crisis
A community initiative has been launched in the Staffordshire town of Tamworth aimed at recognising individuals, groups and businesses who have made a positive impact on local people's lives during this time of isolation and change due to coronavirus. The 'Be Kind - Be Tamworth' scheme is open for nominations following the official go-ahead by the Mayor of Tamworth, Richard Kingstone. He is eager to hear about and share any examples of kindness from the amazing community work that is happening in Tamworth during these uncertain times. The idea of 'Be Kind – Be Tamworth' is for people to share their experiences of kindness via social media or nominate anyone in Tamworth who has a positive impact on their community. This could be the businesses providing collection and delivery services for vulnerable self-isolated people, the groups doing great work offering telephone befriending services, aspirational young people and community-spirited residents sharing activities and videos to keep the borough entertained and active, right down to an individual who is helping a neighbour by collecting a prescription or food order.
Those nominated as part of the initiative will have their deeds shared on the Tamworth Borough Council and the Mayor's Facebook page and, once self-isolation and social distancing are over, will be invited to a celebration in the Town Hall with the Mayor, where they will be presented with a special 'Be Tamworth' badge. Richard said: "Firstly, I would like to thank the people of Tamworth for coming together, demonstrating amazing community spirit and doing what's being asked of them by the Government. We have many amazing volunteers and workers looking out for and helping people in our community. I have seen so much kindness being shared at such a very difficult time. As my role as Mayor, I have been honoured to promote Tamworth and its people. Sometimes people don't have confidence in themselves, but I want everyone to feel proud of the courage and kindness currently being shown. I am going to make it my objective to share all the positive news about how the people of Tamworth are making themselves, their town and neighbours become an even stronger community during these isolating and lonely times. Be Kind – Be Tamworth and stay safe everyone; keep sharing the love and support for each other."
The initiative will culminate in a celebration at Tamworth Town Hall