Vote for Eddie and Liz

By on 01/07/2009 in News

With two Birmingham City Council employees in the frame for major national awards, you have until midnight tomorrow (July 2) to cast your vote.

Allotments Liaison Officer Eddie Campbell and Community Librarian Liz Parkes are in the frame for the Local Government Council Worker of the Year Awards.

Eddie is up for the Community Engagement Award, while Liz hopes to win the Working with Young People category. (see detailed profiles below)

Cllr Alan Rudge, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Human Resources said: “We're delighted and extremely proud to have two finalists in this prestigious competition.

“By going above and beyond the call of duty, Eddie and Liz are a credit to Birmingham City Council and the City of Birmingham.  They represent all that is good in public services, excellent service, dedication and pride in their work. I hope all who agree with me will go out and vote for them.  They both certainly have my support.”

Eddie Campbell - shortlisted for the Community Engagement Award
Eddie Campbell's tireless work to promote the health benefits of allotment gardening has seen him reach a wide range of groups and communities across the city. His natural enthusiasm and outgoing personality have inspired countless people to take-up this pastime.

Birmingham is proud to be a multicultural city and by developing the 'Changing Taste of Food' project as part of Black History Month, Eddie's work celebrates the traditional food of BME communities, encouraging allotment plot-holders to grow different foods.

By taking an ever more creative approach, including producing DVDs, appearing on his own radio show and regular TV appearances, he continues to engage many hard to reach groups.
His work has deservedly attracted regional and national media attention and he works with a range of partners, including Premier League football club Aston Villa.

His dedication has resulted in an upsurge in allotment tenancies from women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Liz Parkes - shortlisted for the Working with Young People Award
The label Community Librarian in no way tells the whole story about Liz Parkes – an unsung hero who believes passionately in what she does.

She has shown exceptional dedication to the people of Shard End and has helped transform the library into a community resource young people enjoy visiting.

Liz is committed to improving the service and uses innovative ways to attract new customers and engage with existing library members.

Not all local residents read or want traditional library services and Liz has adapted to this by offering a wide range of services including story sessions for parents and babies, pre-school clubs for young children, after school craft clubs, homework clubs, children's discos and social activities.

She has inspired young people to achieve and helped transform the opportunities available to them. Liz Parkes is a richly deserving nominee for this award, as the people of Shard End would testify.

How to vote (one vote per person per category)
SMS: For SMS, text the words LGATV 1 EddieC to 80039 or LGATV 4 LizP to 80039

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