Dundee ‘Good Neighbour’ Awards 2009

MediationWith the permission of Bob Ballantine, Service Team Leader, Dundee and Angus Community Mediation Services, here are details of this year’s “Good Neighbour” Awards :

NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR 2009 “GOOD NEIGHBOUR” AWARDS

Following the success of last year’s “Good Neighbour” Awards, Dundee and Angus Community Mediation Services have decided to run the scheme again during this year’s Mediation Week in November. The neighbour dispute resolution services are inviting residents of Angus and Dundee to nominate someone who has been a particularly good neighbour over the past year.

The winner in each area will receive a Christmas hamper.

Mediation Team Leader Bob Ballantine commented, “Last year it was very heartening to learn about the number of people who go out of their way to help their neighbours. We are keen to encourage this and over the next few weeks we would like to hear from people with good stories to tell about kindly and public spirited neighbours.”

Anyone wishing to nominate a good neighbour (who should be over 18 and not be a close relative) for the award is invited to complete and return the nomination form or send a letter or e-mail to the community mediation office (in no more than 70 words) giving the name and address of the neighbour, saying why the person should get the award, and also their own name, address and a contact phone number. Separate prizes will be awarded to Dundee and Angus winners.

There will also be a chance to nominate a good neighbour in Dundee or Angus at mediation service information stands in Dundee and Arbroath. These will be in the Wellgate Centre, Dundee on Wednesday 11 November and the Abbeygate Centre, Arbroath on Friday 13 November, both from 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. The closing date of the competition is Friday 20 November 2009.

Nomination forms or letters should be sent to Good Neighbour competition, Dundee and Angus Community Mediation services, Unit E, Market Mews, Market Street Dundee DD1 3LA. E-mail info@dundee.sacro.org.uk. Nomination forms and full competition rules are available on the Sacro website http://www.sacro.org.uk.

Notes for information

The final winners will be chosen from a short-list by the two service advisory groups and announced early in December. There will be opportunities for photographs of the award presentations. Dundee and Angus Community Services are managed by Sacro in partnership with Dundee City Council and Angus Council respectively. Both services offer mediation free at the point of delivery to all residents, irrespective of housing tenure.

For further information about the award, please contact Bob Ballantine on 01382 459252, e-mail: bballantine@dundee.sacro.org.uk.