Award Categories

Award Categories

CONCERN AWARD / IMPROVING LIVES

Judges will be looking for outstanding teams, individuals or organisations working in the private, public or voluntary sector. For example, someone working within health or social care whose extra efforts have made a real difference to the life of someone vulnerable or a disadvantaged group

YOUNG HERO

Judges will seek to recognise any young person under 18 who has overcome a personal difficulty or made a stand to improve their life or the lives of others. For example young people coping with bereavement, bullying, disability or medical problems, or someone who has organised support for others who face such problems.

CHARITY OF THE YEAR

The award will go to the group who has done the most for charity this year. Perhaps you know an outstanding charity group, a tireless group of fund raisers, or a charity who deserves the award for the charity work they have run over a long period?

SERVICE WITH A SMILE

Do you know someone, or a group or company, who provides outstanding service way above what might be expected? Then this award is for them. Tell us how they operate, and what it is about their service that is so outstanding and makes them way above average for customer care.

ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR

Tell the judges about someone who strives to achieve their best at work, in their studies, in sport or in their community. We especially welcome nominations for people who do their very best despite having to overcome difficulties.

COMMUNITY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

The judges will want to hear about commercial organisations which provide added value to the communities they serve. Do they support a local charity in some way, sponsor a football team, never fail to show up at community events? Don’t forget companies that have high standards when it comes to reducing their environmental impact, or who promote the green agenda to customers and the community.

EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

You can directly nominate someone for this award, but the judges will also look at nominees in other categories who may fit the bill in their opinion. This award must go to someone who has made an outstanding difference to their life, community, family, school or organisation. If they did it against all the odds, they could be our winner!

COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR (NOMINATIONS FOR GROUPS ONLY)

The judges are looking for a project that has triumphed in the community. Supporting local people whether on a one-to-one basis or as a group – maybe a community centre with projects that have had long-lasting impact on the community. All the better if they have managed on a shoe-string or achieved results despite facing challenges

COMMUNITY ARTS AWARD

If someone has put on a production, spread the word about literature, brought music to your ears, or painted the town red, the judges want to know. Winners are likely to have been working with a tight budget and must have devoted their activities to the benefit of the community

THE MARK WEST AWARD

Judges will be looking for the person, group or business that has done the most to work in harmony with others, promote diversity, and positively discourage discrimination. Of particular interest are initiatives around networking and mutual support between local projects and business where the benefits are for the whole town, crossing community lines and involving people from all backgrounds and sectors.

HELPING HAND AWARD

Is your neighbour one in a million? Is the person living down the street from you a true gem? We’re looking for those ordinary people we know are in every street who you simply couldn’t manage without. So if someone you know is always there with a listening ear, helps with household tasks, supports your caring responsibilities or generally makes life easier and more pleasant where you live, let us know.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

This award is especially for anyone who has worked tirelessly and constantly for the benefit of others for 20 years or more. It could be a volunteer, fundraiser , community leader or charity supporter. What matters is that they have devoted a significant number of years to the activity and you believe they deserve special recognition for their efforts.

HEALTHCARE HERO

Doctors and nurses: professionals dedicated to helping those in need. We want to recognise those special people whose care, attention and commitment have gone beyond the call of duty, who have shouldered this responsibility with spirit, good humour and devotion. Who do you know who is truly a health care hero?

SOCIAL CARE HERO

It’s not just doctors or nurses who care for people in need. Throughout our community are vast numbers of carers and foster parents devoting their time and love. A loving, stable home can change the life of a child whilst the invaluable work of a carer plays a vital part in helping people to have a better quality of life. Whose life as a carer or foster parent deserves recognition?

SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT

This award recognises sports people, teams or clubs. We’re looking for groups or individuals who may have achieved outstanding performances, shown outstanding ability or major improvement in their sport. They may have given service to sport as an administrator or official, or perhaps they promote sport and influence members of the community to take part.

FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR

The worthy nominees for this award will be those individuals who raise money for charities or local causes. They are almost certainly an exceptional person who devotes significant time and energy to support the causes close to their heart. Whether they are someone has many years of fundraising under their belt or they are just starting out but already making waves, we’d like to hear about them.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Our winner will be someone who selflessly devotes themselves to a cause. It doesn’t have to be formal volunteering, although it could be. Perhaps our volunteer champion runs a kids football team, organises neighbourhood watch, is a hospital visitor, or on the board of school governors? Please enter them in this category if they provide an invaluable, unpaid service to the community

TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Do you know an extra special teacher? Let the judges know about their commitment, how they help over and above the day job, and the results they have achieved. Judges would especially like to hear from pupils for this category.

PARENT IN A MILLION

All parents are special, but we want to hear about those who are extra-special. Someone who is coping against the odds or doing a great job despite severe difficulties, perhaps. And we’re including those who open their homes and their hearts to foster vulnerable local children too. We welcome all nominations, but our judges would be particularly pleased to hear directly from young people.

OUTSTANDING BRAVERY

We want to recognise people who have responded in the most courageous way. We’re looking to reward someone who has shown bravery, fortitude and true grit. It could be a emergency situation; putting someone else’s safety and wellbeing ahead of their own; or bearing up to illness or disability. But don’t let us set the boundaries – tell us about your hero.

MAYORS AWARD

This one’s for ordinary people making an extra-ordinary difference to the lives of others. It could be someone who helps the vulnerable or disadvantaged, a charity volunteer, or a tireless fund raiser. Don’t forget people who are not part of an organisation; perhaps the person who always gives a lift to after-school activities for the neighbourhood kids or someone who organises the local football team.