West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has launched a search for nominations for Openreach’s new ‘Community Connectors’ Awards.  

Openreach, the UK’s digital network provider, has launched the awards to recognise individuals and groups that have and continue to make outstanding contributions to their communities during the pandemic. The company has asked Members of Parliament to put forward constituents supporting their neighbours and local areas.  

The Openreach team, whose engineers are classed as key workers, connected numerous field hospitals up and down the country within days, also performing vital maintenance to keep families and businesses online and in contact during lockdown. Members of the engineering team also camped in remote parts of the UK to ensure local connectivity and volunteered in their spare time – performing roles including as delivery drivers for NHS blood samples.  

Nominations for the Community Connectors Awards will be judged by a panel including Openreach engineers, with winners receiving their award from their local MP in the New Year.  

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I’m pleased to be able to support Openreach’s Community Connectors Awards. I know people across West Lancashire have gone out of their way to help family, friends, neighbours and the wider community during these very difficult months.   

It’s important we recognise these contributions and I would encourage constituents to get in touch with me if they know of an individual or group they would like to be put forward.”  

Mr Clive Selley, Chief Executive of Openreach, said:
“Our engineers have been magnificent throughout lockdown and their efforts are keeping the country connected – at a time when communication has never been more important.  

“Many of our team went even further and volunteered to help others in their own time and are amongst the thousands of stories of people supporting communities during lockdown.  

“We’ve launched the Community Connectors Awards to recognise and celebrate the contributions of the unsung heroes of our communities. They could be people who’ve made deliveries to vulnerable neighbours, or those who’ve picked up the phone to check on the wellbeing of complete strangers. It could be people who’ve run foodbanks or those who’ve tried to keep up people’s spirits during such a difficult year. The country is filled with these stories and I’m grateful to Rosie for seeking nominations from constituents in West Lancashire.”  

The deadline for nominations is 15 January. To put an individual or group forward, please email rosie@rosiecooper.net or phone 01695 570 094. Further information can be found at https://www.openreach.com/the-community-connectors-awards   

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