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Community Champion Awards 2022

The search has begun to find this year's Community Champions to recognise the amazing contributions local residents make to West Berkshire.

Posted by: Communications team on 18 November 2022 14:05
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West Berkshire Council is calling upon local residents to nominate deserving individuals and groups for our Community Champion Awards 2022.

The Community Champion Awards are a brilliant opportunity to say thank you to people who have done something special for their local community and will honour those individuals and community groups who have gone above and beyond to support residents throughout West Berkshire this past year.  

Nominations will be open from 21 November 2022 for 6 weeks. All of the awards will be judged by an independent panel and the winners will be presented with their award at an awards ceremony to be held in February 2023.

Nominations for the Community Champions Awards 2022 can be made in the following four categories:

  • The Pat Eastop Junior Citizen of the Year. This recognises someone 18-years-old or under, who lives in West Berkshire (or their contribution has been of benefit to the residents of West Berkshire) and has made an outstanding contribution to the district and its residents. This could be through helping or caring for someone disadvantaged, performing an act of bravery, making the district a better place to live or work or having achieved excellence in education, training, employment or another outside activity.
  • Volunteer of the Year. This recognises someone living in West Berkshire (or their contribution has been of benefit to the residents of West Berkshire) who has made an outstanding contribution and shown exceptional commitment to an unpaid activity.
  • Community Group of the Year. This award recognises and rewards a community group (based within West Berkshire or providing a service to the benefit of West Berkshire residents) which has made an exceptional contribution to the district and its residents. Small or large, all groups will be considered in relation to the impact they have had.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognises someone who has demonstrated exceptional dedication and commitment either in an unpaid role, involved in a project or other initiative or delivered long-lasting benefit to the community. The nominee must live in West Berkshire or their contribution has been of benefit to the residents of West Berkshire

Councillor Rick Jones, Chairman of West Berkshire Council, said:

"The Community Champion Awards are a firm favourite for us each year. We enjoy hearing about all residents who make their communities extra special and feel privileged to recognise these efforts on behalf of the district. Community champions don't do what they do for the glory, but nevertheless they are pleased by that what they do has been noticed. If you know someone making a difference in their community please consider nominating them for one of these awards."

Community contributions can be made in many ways: organising environmental work, running social groups, organising community sports activities and events, co-ordinating resident groups or any other activities that improve the lives of the people of West Berkshire.

Nominations are now open and can be made online by visiting www.westberks.gov.uk/community-champion

The closing date is Monday 2 January. Paper nomination forms can be obtained by calling 01635 503973.

Last modified: 21 November 2022 12:36

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