City of York Council today won Bronze at the Public Sector Communications Excellence Awards 2020 held today (26 November 2020).
Staged jointly by the Government Communications Service (GCS), Local Government Association (LGA) and Public Relations Communications Association (PRCA), the awards has a history of recognising achievements of communicators across the public sector.
This year, in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, the awards recognise that the public sector has demonstrated extraordinary commitment in the face of unprecedented challenges, with those working in communications at the forefront of leading efforts to support and guide communities through the pandemic.
Winning bronze for the Unified category, City of York Council’s award recognises that the Council’s communications response to the pandemic has been a city-wide effort, with partners from all sectors coming together to help support York’s communities, businesses and residents in reducing the spread of the infection and supporting a safe economy.
Celebrating the award, Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of the City of York Council and Executive Member for Communications said:
With the ever evolving national guidance and the scale of the response to the pandemic, the importance of communications has never been more essential.
Since the very start of the pandemic, the Council has worked hard to communicate to all local residents, businesses and communities across the city, from weekly email updates, to hardcopy communications to every household in the city. Therefore, I am delighted our communications team has been recognised for this hard work, which of course continues today. I am grateful for the work of the team and the work they continue to do to support our communities.”
Winning the award, Claire Foale, Head of Communications at City of York Council said:
I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the council communications team.
Through extraordinary and often personally challenging circumstances, the council communications team has taken to heart both the health and wellbeing of residents and the strength and resilience of our economy. None of this would have been possible however without the support and encouragement of partners’ communications teams. We have formed close relationships with so many of our city partners, this award is as much for all of you as it is for us and I can’t wait until we can meet and celebrate our win together.”