The search has begun for the Best of Bilston 2019.

Nominations are now open for inspirational individuals and community groups across the Bilston area.

The Best of Bilston awards are led by community members from the local HeadStart Wolverhampton steering group and are designed to foster community cohesion by recognising the contributions of those living, working or actively involved in the Bilston area.

There are 16 Best of Bilston awards up for grabs; nine community awards and seven young people awards.

The Young People Awards are sponsored by HeadStart Wolverhampton and celebrate the achievements of 10 to 16-year-olds who encourage positive emotional wellbeing in their schools and community and among their peers. Categories include Inspirational Young Person, Young Achiever, Young Volunteer, Most Dedicated Student, Young Carer, Young Voice and the Gifted and Talented Award.

The Community Awards are open to individuals, local groups or businesses in Bilston who work to improve the lives of residents. Awards include One in a Million (supporting young people), Community Champion, and Community Group of the Year. Other categories include the Community Business Award, Good Neighbour Award, Community Volunteer, Overcoming Adversity, Carer Award, and the SOS Award.

Click here to view the nomination forms and submit them online.

Nomination forms can also be emailed to Manjit Cheema at, or dropped off at the Strengthening Families Hub on Market Way, Bilston.

The deadline for nominations is Thursday 14th February 2019.

Councillor Paul Sweet, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said;

The Best of Bilston Awards are a true celebration of community spirit. If you know any inspirational young people or dedicated community groups living, working or operating in the Bilston area, please send your nominations in now.”

HeadStart Wolverhampton, part of a £56 million National Lottery funded programme set-up by the National Lottery Community Fund, is designed to improve the emotional mental health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 10 to 16 by giving them the skills they need to cope with the challenges of modern life.

As well as running a series of specific programmes in its four key target areas, HeadStart Wolverhampton offers city-wide help through a Support and Guidance Directory at which provides emotional mental health and wellbeing resources from different organisations, including information targeted at young people, parents and carers, and professionals.

Click here to find out more about HeadStart.

Please follow their social media channels, @headstartfm on Twitter or Instagram, or find HeadStart on Facebook by clicking here.

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