Nominations are now being accepted for six exceptional Lincoln residents to be awarded a Mayoral Medal or three Silver Arrows.
The awards are for people within the community who work hard to improve the city, without recognition, such as charity workers or club organisers.
Mayoral Medals were originally presented by the Mayor to thank those returning from the First World War for their services.
Meanwhile, the Silver Arrow award was introduced in 2009 to recognise young groups or individuals who have achieved something.
Sponsored by charity Lincoln Lions, the arrow is crafted by a local silversmith and uses 500-year-old wood from Lincoln Cathedral.
The award symbolises an arrow that was fired by Robin Hood and is on show in the Guildhall
While the Mayoral Medal is awarded to six people, the Silver Arrow is divided into three categories: individuals under 13 years old, individual 13-18 year-olds, and teams of up to 18 year-olds.
In 2011, Cassandra Jameson was awarded one of the six Mayoral Medals for her fundraising for charities such as the Ruston Ward at Lincoln County Hospital, St. Barnabas Hospice, the NSPCC, and Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.
Mayor of Lincoln Councillor Kathleen Brothwell said: “The Mayoral Medals and Silver Arrow award seek out those people in our communities who work very hard, day after day for the benefit of others.
“These people are often very humble and rarely accept praise, despite making real differences in people’s lives.
“We would love to honour a great bunch of people this year, acknowledging their hard work and thanking them for being such inspirational people.”
Those wishing to nominate a person or group for a medal can download a form from the City of Lincoln Council or a paper copy is available at City Hall.
Both need to be returned (by post) to the Council before March 16, 2012. Further information is available by contacting the Civic office on 01522 873507.