Do you know someone who has made a substantial contribution to your community? A person who has enriched the lives of others, or has helped people across the borough during this challenging time? 

We want to recognise and illustrate the amazing contribution people are making to the community during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, which is why we have teamed up with Ashford Borough Council to launch The Ashford Applause. 

Each week over the next 10 weeks, a community champion will be selected at random from the list of entries received and their story showcased on the Loveashford and Ashford Borough Council social media channels, praising and recognising their hard work within the community. 

Those receiving an Ashford Applause will also; 

be presented with a personalised digital portrait, hand drawn by a local artist,
have their story published on Ashford Borough Council’s website and social media channels,
get a full feature on Loveashford’s website and social media channels.

The Ashford Applause has been created to show our community champions how valued they are, shining a spotlight on those special people who make a positive difference to our lives when we need it most. 

These times bring sadness to our community and our deepest condolences go out to those who have suffered loss. We want to celebrate and recognise our community following the collective sadness we have all experienced, of lives lost and moments missed.

The chosen Community Champions will be announced on Ashford Borough Council and Loveashford’s Facebook pages every Thursday to tie in with the national Clap for Carers campaign – allowing us all the chance to give them a big Ashford Applause at the same time! 

So if you know someone who deserves to be praised for their work NOMINATE them today!

The nominations are open to all individuals, whether it be a dedicated key worker on the frontline, a selfless volunteer delivering food parcels or an outstanding neighbour collecting shopping, prescriptions or cooking meals for others in their area.

Top Tips for nominating your Community Champion

We’re really excited to receive your Ashford Applause nomination but before you get started there are a few tips we’d like to share with you to make sure your nomination has the best chance of being considered. 

1. They must be an Ashford resident. 

Please make sure that the person you are nominating for an Ashford Applause currently lives in the Borough of Ashford. 

2. Provide a good quality photograph. 

As part of your nomination we will ask for a photograph of your nominee which we will use to create their personalised digital portrait. Please make sure the photograph you provide is a clear representation of this person and is of good quality too. 

3. Include a form of contact for your local champion. 

Because we need permission to feature sensitive information about a person, we will ask you to provide a form of contact for your local champion (such as an email or telephone number) so that we can contact them to let them know they have been nominated and chosen for an Ashford Applause. 

4.  Give the process some time. 

We will need some time to process your nomination so please be patient with us while we get up to speed! The Ashford Applause campaign will run for 10 weeks and your application may be successful later down the line. If your nomination has been successful we will contact you to let you know but please note that unfortunately not all of nominations can be featured.   

5. Make sure you have read all the Terms and Conditions below before you proceed to the nomination process.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Only residents that live within the Ashford Borough may be nominated
  • Nominees and nominators must be aged 18 or over
  • Multiple applications for the same nominee will be made void
  • Nominators will be asked to upload a good quality photograph of the person they are nominating. (Full photograph specifications are detailed on the application form)
  • Successful applicants will be contacted and not all application will be successful
  • If successful an Ashford Borough Council employee will contact the nominee for permission to share any sensitive information
  • Ashford Borough Council staff are permitted to nominate, but not be nominated for an Ashford Applause themselves
  • Nominations close at 12am on 3rd August and any applications received after this will not be counted
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