'People of Peace’ Awards 2021

Applications are now open for the annual Strawberry Field People of Peace Awards! The deadline for nominations has been extended and will now remain open until Tuesday 16th November, with winners being announced in December.

In 2020, to mark what would have been the 80th birthday of John Lennon, we asked for nominations from across Liverpool for our very first People of Peace awards. This year, we have decided to extend the invitation again to nominate a Person of Peace, and this time the nominated person can come from anywhere, not just Liverpool! We want to celebrate people who often in very simple ways promote peace in their families and communities.

Do you know a person like this? Nominate them today! We will choose five winners, one for a children’s category, one for a young persons category, and three adult winners who will also be given the opportunity to have their photograph and story on display at Strawberry Field for the coming year.

The awards were introduced last year as we wanted to find a unique way of celebrating John Lennon's legacy and encouraging the peace which John so often spoke about. We felt that particularly during the time of pandemic, it would be wonderful to celebrate individuals. We saw how, during the months of Covid-19 and isolation, it had been so important to find new ways to connect with people, and many people begun to find real value in the simple things in life. We celebrated the stories of hope from across Liverpool where we heard about neighbours reaching out to their neighbours in all sort of practical ways, whether it was helping with shopping, or organising a street quiz, or picking up the telephone, all of these things helped to foster peace in a time of crisis.

Peace is so needed today, just as it was when John Lennon was alive. Individuals need peace where all around them is fear and anxiety. Many countries need peace  because of war and conflict. Our world needs peace today more than ever. The Salvation Army as a Christian Church and Charity seeks to share the love and peace of God through everything it is and does. We value every individual and believe that each person on this earth has an important part to play. Let’s do all we can to promote peace, and together we can be as one.

Last year, we received a high standard of truly inspiring nominations, it was a tough decision. All nominations were anonymously reviewed by a panel who agreed our five winners! You can read more about them below. These winners have had their photo and part of their story on display at Strawberry Field over the past year.

“I truly believe this is a wonderful and important project.”

Peter Hooton, Chair of the Beatles Legacy Group