Community Champions

Do you know any community champions? An unsung hero (or a team) who goes the extra mile to make things better where they live?

Now is your chance to get them the recognition they deserve.

We want your nominations for the first Community Champions of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. Working in partnership with BBC Radio Sheffield, we want to celebrate those outstanding people who go above and beyond to care about their community or who consistently give up their time to help others.

The finalists for each Community Champion Award will be invited to a fabulous evening ceremony at Sheffield Cathedral on Thursday 3 October. We’ll also celebrate each inspirational story on BBC Radio Sheffield.

There are 8 awards categories in total recognising everything from neighbourhood & environmental champions to young champions. Full details of each category are below.

You have until Wednesday 31 July to make your nomination – all of which will be read by a panel of judges in August. In September we will announce the finalists ahead of the party in October. Don’t miss out – it’s sure to be a fabulous occasion.

How to nominate

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You can also download the nomination form here (.pdf or .word) and send it via email to

Or by post Community Champions, BBC Radio Sheffield, 54 Shoreham Street, Sheffield, S1 4RS.

The closing date for nominations is 11:59pm on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

The awards ceremony takes place at Sheffield Cathedral on Thursday 3 October at 7pm.

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Nomination categories

The categories and criteria to qualify for nomination and on which winners will be selected are:

– Neighbourhood/Environmental Champion; for the person or a team who have made a positive difference to their local area, community or wider environment. They might have improved the way an area looks, or have made a positive impact to helping the wider environment. This is also the category to consider nominating a good neighbour – someone who goes above and beyond to make their area a better place to live.

– Creative Champion; for a person or team who have made a difference creatively – through arts, music, drama, dance or writing.

– Health, fitness & wellbeing champion; for the person or team who have made a difference in the field of health, community sport or wellbeing

– Team champion: for the team that’s gone above and beyond to make a difference in their community – an award to recognise the power of working together. This could recognise a successful community event, a campaign or a partnership between different groups – the key thing is it needed a team pulling together to make it happen.

– Community group champions – this award recognises a person or team from a stand out community group. This could be a new group, or an established group that makes a demonstrable difference to people’s lives. The judges will be looking for a great idea for a group and evidence that it’s a group needed and appreciated by the service users. It could also recognise an inspiring leader or member of that group

– Young Champion; for someone under 18 who is going above and beyond for their community.

– Business Champion; for the person or team in business making a difference to the local community. An award to recognise a business that is giving back to the local community through an event, campaign or scheme that wouldn’t happen without their input.

– Outstanding Champion; for the unsung hero or volunteer who is an inspiration. This award is for someone who goes above and beyond to make a difference, for someone who makes their community a better place and is a great role model for others

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