Labour-led St Helens Borough Council has been nominated for a major local government award for work achieved during COVID-19 – while its senior leadership team has also been commended.

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The council’s #StHelensTogether campaign, which saw council services work with other public and voluntary sector organisations to help vulnerable residents during the coronavirus pandemic, has been shortlisted in the ‘community heroes’ category at The MJ Achievement Awards 2021

The MJ Achievement Awards have been held every year since 2004, rewarding many officers, managers, teams and councils – with this year’s awards receiving its highest ever amount of entries.

A wide range of residents have been supported by #StHelensTogether. More than 1,700 community volunteers have offered thousands of hours to support over 32,000 people, with more than 37,000 meals and food parcels provided – and a number of wellbeing calls made.

St Helens Borough Council Leader, David Baines, said: “This nomination for our response to the pandemic through #StHelensTogether, and the Commendation for the Leadership team – most of whom have only joined the council in the last 18 months – is yet more evidence of the progress we’re making at the council.

“To achieve this progress at any time is challenging, but to do it during a pandemic is remarkable. Our staff are our greatest asset, and they deserve this recognition.”

The awards ceremony will take place in London on Friday 17 September.

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