The Local Resilience Forum from across Devon and Cornwall are asking members of the public to 'shout out' their community heroes.

Five children dressed as superheros on a blue background. A speech bubble reads "Covid-19 SHOUT OUT".

The campaign aims to recognise members of the community who have gone the extra mile.These could be businesses, NHS, local authority key workers, neighbours, local community care professionals, emergency service workers etc.

Members of the public are encouraged to visit www.dc.police.uk/COVID19ShoutOut to download and print the nomination form. This gives you enough space to write about your hero and how they've gone above and beyond. You can also get the young ones involved too who can draw their hero.

Once completed, share your finished form on social media using the hashtag #COVID19ShoutOut or alternatively send it in an email to competitions@dc.police.uk - the LRF will then be sharing examples on social media.

Assistant Chief Constable, Glen Mayhew, who is leading the COVID19 response from Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "Everyday we're hearing some amazing stories of people doing some extraordinary things to support each other during these unprecedented times.

"As a partnership, we want to hear about all of the work that is going on and recognise those in our community who are going the extra mile.

"We hope that by sharing these positive messages of thanks about the fantastic work everyone is doing, this will give key workers and volunteers in our community a boost to carry on the great work they're doing. We look forward to seeing your nominations!"  

Cllr Neil Jory, Leader of West Devon Borough Council,said: "We've been delighted and humbled at the way our communities have jumped to support each other in West Devon.  We know that even amongst the many who are giving their all, there are some who still stand out from the crowd and we'd love you to find out who they are."

South Hams District Council's Leader, Cllr Judy Pearce, said: "There truly are a wealth of people who immediately spring to my mind who deserve recognition and I'm sure that our communities can also name those who they feel have gone over and above in helping others during this crisis.  We can only urge them to nominate so those responsible can be duly recognised."

The Devon, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Resilience Forum, who is running the initiative, (LRF) is a multi-agency partnership of all the organisations that are required to prepare for and respond to an emergency in the LRF area. It includes the Emergency Services, Local Authorities, Health Services, Maritime Coastguard Agency, Environment Agency, Voluntary Organisations, Utility Companies and Transport Providers.

Issued: 18 May 2020