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Nominations now open for Chair’s Community Awards

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Published: 09/01/2014

​The annual Chair’s Community Awards recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution local unpaid volunteers make to life in South Gloucestershire. This year’s celebration of community work and volunteering takes place in May and you have until Friday 21 March to nominate your local ‘community heroes’.

Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council Cllr Ian Boulton said: “These awards give the council the perfect opportunity to celebrate the hard work and commitment of volunteers who dedicate their time to improve the lives of local people and bring South Gloucestershire’s communities together. It’s important to pay tribute to these inspirational people, and over the years we’ve been honoured to tell so many fantastic stories of their courage, commitment and community spirit.

“I am looking forward to meeting everyone and congratulating them on all their hard work, so please nominate an unsung hero today.”

Last year’s event saw award winners from a wide variety of backgrounds presented with certificates. The Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, also attends the awards ceremony and selects one of the winners to receive a special Lord Lieutenant’s Award.

Suggestions for nominations include those who have contributed to community development, promoting equality, arts, sports, play, environment, working with older or young people, advice and advocacy or have simply been a good neighbour. From charity fundraisers to local football club managers, sports coaches and arts festival organisers, these awards have seen South Gloucestershire Council honour the dedication and commitment of hundreds of unsung heroes across the district.

You can nominate your community hero online at

Alternatively, call 01454 863019 or email

Deadline for nominations is Friday 21 March and the winners will be invited to a ceremony at the South Gloucestershire & Stroud College WISE campus in Filton on Sunday 18 May.


The criteria is as follows:

The nominated person must satisfy most of the following criteria in order to be considered for a Community Award:



– the candidate has made their contribution as a volunteer (without pay, other than out of pocket expenses) for the benefit of residents in South Gloucestershire.

– the candidate has received payment for their work and has shown additional voluntary effort and dedication well beyond that expected from their employment.

Please give specific examples of the person’s work or additional voluntary effort when completing the application form to assist the panel when making a decision.



The candidate has made a real difference in a number of ways such as:

– time dedicated to the work they do

– leadership and the motivation of other

– developing ideas that have helped others

– helping others overcoming significant challenges.


Special Award Categories

– long service award

– youngest volunteer

– joint award (two people)


Suggested areas of contribution include: (this list is only illustrative)

– advice and advocacy

– arts

– community development

– sport

– community safety

– play

– environment

– work with older people

– good neighbour

– work with young people

– promoting equality

– school governor

– exceptions


We cannot accept nominations for:

– groups

– immediate family members

– elected councillors (currently in post), unless the nomination is for work not associated with the councillor role.

– previous winners for the same area of contribution.

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