AN awards scheme which honours champions of local life is open for nominations.

People across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire working tirelessly to secure a stronger future for people and places are being sought by organisers of the Scotland Loves Local Awards.

Run by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), the awards aim is to reward and celebrate local residents whose inspirational and innovative work is making both regions better places to live and recognise their creativity and commitment towards shaping a sustainable future.

There are seven categories on offer, including awards for organisations which have gone above and beyond to support those around them and businesses who are doing their part in tackling climate change.

Phil Prentice, chief officer of STP, said: “Whether through innovation or sheer determination, people and groups across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire are working relentlessly to improve lives. Some are taking amazing action to make their communities more attractive. Others are creating jobs and leading the charge towards net-zero.

“The Scotland Loves Local Awards are a chance to recognise and thank them. To do that, we need you to tell us about the inspiring people and projects whose dedication and innovation is making a real difference where you live.”

Nominations can be made at lovelocal.scot/awards, where full category criteria can also be found. On the website, you can briefly share the details of your nominee and why you would like to see them recognised.

The closing date for nominations is Friday, September 2, and the winners will be announced in a celebration taking place on November 23.