RESIDENTS are being encouraged to nominate a community champion for this year's Citizen of the Year award.

It comes after nominations for East Renfrewshire's Provost Award 2023 opened last week.

As part of it, the council is looking to recognise a hard-working volunteer and name them as the "Citizen of the Year".

The award aims to highlight a volunteer for their dedication, outstanding service, and the positive changes they make for others.

Now, the local authority is asking residents to come forward and nominate a community champion.

Provost Mary Montague said: “We are lucky to have so many people across East Renfrewshire who quietly go the extra mile to help others in their community.

"East Renfrewshire’s Provost Award is our annual opportunity to say thank you and recognise a local unsung hero.

"This year we are looking to pay tribute to a longstanding volunteer who continues to make an outstanding contribution and difference to the local area.

“I’m looking forward to sitting down with the judging panel and deliberating again this year so if you know of an individual who goes above and beyond to give back to East Renfrewshire, please take a few minutes to submit a nomination on the Council’s website.”

Nominations for the award can be made online and will close on Sunday, November 5.

Nominees must live in East Renfrewshire and have volunteered in their local community for several years.