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No Child Left Behind award nominations now open

Nominations are now open for the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) awards in Cheltenham.

The awards will celebrate the people and organisations that make Cheltenham a better place for children and young people. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 13th January 2022.

Nominations can be submitted by members of the public, volunteers or employees of an activity or organisation. They must show how the activity has made a difference to children and young people in Cheltenham.

Nominating an activity is quick and easy through the NCLB website. 

Cllr Flo Clucas, member for safety and communities at Cheltenham Borough Council, said: "After not being able to run the awards last year, I am delighted that this year we are able to celebrate and congratulate those companies, organisations, schools and individuals, who have given their time, money and resources to make a difference.

"Cheltenham should be proud of every one of them and most of all, the children and young people who took part. Please let us know who makes the borough a better place by nominating them today.''

Cllr Steven Harvey, mayor of Cheltenham, said: "No Child Left Behind means a great deal to all those organisations and people who have been involved and worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic.

"Changing the life chances of our most disadvantaged children is what drives all of them and I will be proud to be part of the awards evening."

Following the successful awards from January 2020, NCLB awards will again seek to shine a light on these 12 categories:

• #OurTown - Understanding what child poverty is and how it affects our town

• #PositiveRelationships - Highlighting the importance of having good relationships and being kind

• #ConfidentGirls - Tackling issues affecting girls, including period poverty and self-esteem

• #StrongFamilies - Building happy and resilient families

• #CelebratingChildhood - Uniting to celebrate the triumphs and talents of our children

• #AmbitiousCareers - Inspiring children to aim high and achieve their potential

• #PhysicallyActive - Children and families across the town coming together to get moving

• #FunandFulfilment - Helping children find their strengths and passions

• #InnovativeEducation - Cheltenham launches a restorative approach to education

• #GoodMentalHealth - Finding ways for families to reduce anxiety and have better mental health

• #AchievingBoys - Tackling issues affecting boys, including education and criminal exploitation

• #EatingWell - Helping families to eat well on a budget

Chris Spencer, director of children's services at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "I am delighted to be involved in this year's No Child Left Behind Awards because they are not only a fantastic way to thank all the organisations in Cheltenham that make a difference to young people, but a great way of engaging young people by letting them choose the winners.

"If you know someone who has made a difference to children's lives. please consider nominating them and giving them the recognition they deserve.''

No Child Left Behind is a project in Cheltenham which aims to help all young people to thrive, full details can be found at nclbcheltenham.org.uk/ 

Sponsorship opportunities for business are also available on the NCLB website.

Award submissions must be made by 4pm on 29th October.

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