DID you know that any of us can nominate someone for an honour? If you have a candidate in mind, someone who's had a real, positive impact in their community or field of work, why not consider nominating them?
Women, in particular, have been missing out, making up only 43 per cent of the most recent New Year's Honours List.
The Cabinet Office, inviting nominations, suggest you could ask yourself whether someone you know or perhaps work with has, for example, changed things for the better in their community, whether they've improved the lives of those less able to help themselves, whether they've demonstrated 'innovation or entrepreneurship', or whether they've displayed moral courage in making and delivering tough choices.
Encouraging us to nominate, the Cabinet Office says: "Everyone knows someone who deserves an honour. But they won't get one unless someone nominates them."
To find out more about the process, about what kind of individuals and activities are likely to be rewarded, and about how to promote your nominee, call 0207 276 2777 or download a nomination pack from www.direct.gov.uk/honours
As we're always reporting, a tremendously wide range of activities goes on in the voluntary and charity sector in Torbay, so it would be wonderful to see more of those many selfless volunteers involved in them achieving the recognition that they deserve, and while none of them works for reward, to see them rewarded with an honour.
IT'S all too easy to forget that families, including young children, of course, can sometimes find themselves the innocent victims of the fall-out when someone close to them is convicted of a crime.
Asking, then, the poignant question, 'are you serving the sentence, too?' and run, they say, by families for families, Supporting Offenders' Families Together (SOFT) offers vital and much-appreciated support for such families in Torbay.
They meet on the first Tuesday of each month at the Victoria Park Centre in Paignton, from 4.30pm-6.30pm, and the free opportunities on offer include transport and crèche facilities, children's activities, and refreshments.
To find out more, call Lorrie on 07771 806870 or Jude on 07738 165320? You can also join SOFT's Facebook group.
WE spoke last week to Simon Sherbersky on Riviera FM's Community Hour about how things are developing in the exciting 'Rooute Project' that we reported on some time back.
The project, based in Lymington Road's coach station, offers a whole range of opportunities for those most in need of them, its punning title reminding us in fact of its serious purpose: rooted in the community with literal roots in Growing for Life's work in Occombe Farm it offers, by developing their skills, a route to work for those who've not made it through the system.
With its café and its fantastic for-hire facilities, the Rooute Project will run as a business, but one with its roots in the community, its aim being to benefit that community in these difficult times.
Simon told us that building work is under way, with portable buildings already on site, and the whole thing will be up and running by summer 2014. Simon is keen to hear what the community wants from the project and would love to hear from you on 01803 321230 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
A COMFORTABLE café with wi-fi, books to read and buy, and vegetarian food, Epicentre in Paignton allows the community to come together to make, display, perform and sell their art.
Currently planning lots of new events and workshops, as well as expanding the menu, they have open mic sessions, song-writing and recording workshops, radio programme recording sessions, and new writing groups starting up.
If you're looking for hard-to-find health-food or just affordable food in Torbay, they've recently launched a food-ordering group with access to thousands of products and aim 'to help you find what you want at a price you can afford'.
Feel free to drop in and find out more.