Council launches search for Lockdown Legends

This year the City of Edinburgh Council’s Good Neighbour Awards has a bit of a twist with the council asking people to nominate Lockdown Legends – neighbours who go that extra mile.

Established in 2016, the award is a way for residents to pay tribute to Council tenants who make an outstanding contribution to their local community.

Councillor Kate Campbell, Housing, Homelessness and Fair Work Convener, said:

This year, we want to hear about Edinburgh’s lockdown legends – those incredible neighbours who have gone above and beyond to support others in their community during what has been one of the most challenging years many of us have ever faced.

I am always amazed at the inspiring stories I hear from our tenants and blown away by the selfless acts of our Good Neighbour Award winners. Please give back by taking the time to put forward your good neighbour for the recognition you know they deserve.

Councillor Mandy Watt, Vice Housing, Homelessness and Fair Work Convener, added:

At the height of lockdown, things we once took for granted became difficult or impossible for many of us. Yet we very quickly saw big-hearted residents from all over the city give their time and energy to help others get through this challenging time.

Maybe you know someone who helped deliver shopping for someone who was shielding, or collected their prescriptions, or maybe just made sure people didn’t feel alone. Whatever difference your local lockdown legend made to you or your community, get nominating now.

Last year’s Good Neighbour Award winner was Council tenant Gilbert ‘Gibby’ McIntyre, who sadly passed away before he learned of his win. A donation to the RSPB has been made in his name, on the request of his family.

Speaking about his kind-hearted Dad, Gibby’s son Scott said:

Dad was very much interested in enhancing his, and others’, surroundings through his hard work in the garden. A big part of this was to attract birds and other wildlife and he made a point of positioning feeders and nesting boxes so that his neighbours could also enjoy the many visitors to the garden. This was particularly appreciated by those who were less able to get out and about.

Nominations for this year’s awards should be emailed to the Council by 1 January 2021 at housing.research@edinburgh.gov.uk or by phone on 0131 529 7805.

The winners will be announced on the Council’s social media channels and in an edition of the Tenants’ Courier, the Council’s newsletter to all tenants.

Nominees and those who cast nominations will also be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a £100 shopping voucher.

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