17 August 2009
The deadline is drawing near to submit a nomination for the fourth annual national Tackling Drugs Changing Lives Awards, designed to recognise, reward and celebrate the work being done by drug teams and workers across the country.
Nominations are being sought in the Caerphilly county borough area for people who have made an outstanding contribution to tackling drugs, and who through the course of their actions have changed lives and communities for the better. Examples include those who help with diversionary sports training, drug enforcement activity or professionals who counsel and treat drug users.
The closing date for nominations is Monday 31st August, and nomination forms can be found at www.drugs.homeoffice.gov.uk/awards2009.
Launching the awards, Home Office Minister Alan Campbell said, "Every day people working in the drugs field are changing lives for the better. Their work with individual drug users, families and across whole communities transforms lives and improves the places where people live.
These unsung heroes deserve recognition for their efforts in going the extra mile to tackle drugs in our communities and I look forward to hearing many examples of the good work going on as nominations continue to come in."
Home Office Crime Director for Wales, Gillian Baranski said, "Over the last year Wales has continued to benefit from the excellent work that individuals and teams are doing to tackle drugs and drug related crime. This success can be attributed to so many people who all deserve an award and I would encourage nominations to come forward as Wales has such a good story to tell."
This year there are six award categories. In addition to Drug Team of the Year and Drug Worker of the Year, there are four new themed categories looking for people who work with young people, within the criminal justice system, community engagement and the work involved in National Tackling Drugs Week.
There will be five finalists in each of these categories and from these, two overall National Tackling Drugs Changing Lives winners will each receive £10,000 for their organisation to spend on developing their work.
To submit a nomination or to find out more, please visit www.drugs.homeoffice.gov.uk/awards2009
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