'People of Peace’ Awards 2020


To mark what would have been the 80th birthday of John Lennon, we wanted to find a unique way of celebrating the legacy of John Lennon, and encouraging the peace which John so often spoke about. We felt that particularly during this time of pandemic, it would be wonderful to celebrate individuals. We have seen how during these months of Covid-19 and isolation, it has been so important to find new ways to connect with people, and many people have begun to find real value in the simple things in life. We celebrate the stories of hope across Liverpool where we have heard about neighbours reaching out to their neighbours in all sort of practical ways, whether it’s helping with shopping, or organising a street quiz, or picking up the telephone, all of these things have 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 today 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.

This year we are seeking nominations from across Liverpool for our very first People of Peace awards. Do you know somebody who has been promoting or enabling peace in their community? This could be by doing something very simple, we know that it’s often small actions which make a big difference. Or it may have been a significant event, we want to hear the story! Do they display particular personal characteristics which make them a Person of Peace? Does peace seem to follow this person around? Tell us why! You can nominate 1 person for these awards, and they must be a resident of Liverpool, Merseyside, UK. We cannot accept nominations for anyone who is an employee of The Salvation Army, or Strawberry Field, or anyone who is professionally involved with Strawberry Field.

Five winners will be chosen, which will include one child winner and one young person winner. All nominations will be reviewed by a panel who will agree the five winners. The winners will have their photo and part of their story on display somewhere on the site of Strawberry Field for one year.

“The plan to open Strawberry Field to the public for the first time - so people can see a unique exhibition about the home, how and why the song was written by John, and allow visitors to explore the grounds as John did as a child - is very exciting.”

Lady Judy Martin OBE