NOMINATIONS are now open to find Autism Together's community heroes.

The Wirral-based charity have launched the 'Autism Gold awards' to honour the people and organisations who have made a difference to the autism community.

Forming part of Autism Together's golden anniversary celebrations, residents are being asked to nominate their autism heroes whether it is a local shopkeeper, a bus driver, swimming instructor or even a friend.

It's a chance for people to nominate those who’ve gone above and beyond to support people on the spectrum.

Chief executive of Autism Together, Robin Bush, said: “Fifty years ago, the founder of our charity became a community hero.

"John Brady refused to pay his rates because his little boy Shaun, who had autism, wasn’t offered a school place.

"He even had his furniture removed by bailiffs.

"Thanks to Brady’s tireless campaigning, MPs in the Houses of Parliament acknowledged that every child deserves an education.

“It’s in the spirit of our charity’s founding families that we’re now, fifty years later, looking to celebrate community champions.

"We don’t say thank you often enough, so let’s do it now and with style.

"If there’s someone you want to honour, imagine the excitement they could feel, dressed up to the nines at our gala ball and being cheered as they collect a trophy.

"We can’t wait to celebrate our winners.”

The awards are part of the charity’s golden anniversary celebrations and winners will be announced at a gala ball at the Shankly hotel in November.

To submit a nomination email and tell us about your community hero in 100 words or less.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, September, 10.

Finalists will be announced after September 17 and judging will take place in October, for more information visit