Monday 2nd April 2012
Campaigners who work to tackle environmental and social issues could soon be recognised with a national award.
Applications are now open for The Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) Campaigner Awards, which highlight the contribution of campaigners.
People can be nominated or apply for an award from SMK, which is dedicated to connecting, informing and supporting campaigners.
Winners will then attend a ceremony hosted by Channel 4 newscaster and SMK patron Jon Snow, on September 18 at a yet-to-be confirmed venue, and receive support from the charity to develop successful campaigns.
Previous winners have included Vicky Simister, from The Anti-Street Harassment Campaign, who received the London Social Justice Award for her campaigning to raise public awareness about the sexual harassment of women in the capital.
Linda Butcher, chief executive of SMK, said: "At a time when campaigners across the globe are taking action on issues they care about, it is extremely important to recognise the people who tackle the injustices and inequalities we face in our society.
"The most effective campaigners are not always those who are most visible to us. They are many people from all walks of life who care deeply about an issue or a problem, and have got great ideas about how to make things better. The SMK Campaigner Awards are there to celebrate and support those people."
Applications close at 1pm on June 18. To nominate someone or apply visit http://www.smk.org.uk.