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10 days left for communities to nominate their local heroes

Posted on 15 August 2017

Groundwork is reminding communities across the UK that there are only ten days to go before nominations close for the inaugural Groundwork Community Awards.

The awards have been launched as a way of honouring small community groups making a big difference to everyone’s quality of life in their local area and to celebrate and reward groups who often get little recognition and support.

Visit the awards website.

There are ten awards that are up for grabs at the event, including best community garden or green space, community leader of the year, young community leader of the year and community group of the year, sponsored by Marks and Spencer.

The deadline for nominations is 25 August and the awards are simple to enter via an online system where community groups can highlight their own achievements – or can be nominated to receive an award in one of 10 categories reflecting the huge diversity of projects and services being delivered by community volunteers.

Shortlisted community groups will be invited to attend a national awards ceremony in central London on the evening of 2 November, hosted by respected BBC Broadcaster and Landscape Designer, Mark Lane.

Groundwork’s national Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

"We have already had some outstanding applications come in but we know that there are so many other fantastic examples of community groups who work selflessly and tirelessly to improve their neighbourhoods.

"We want to encourage local communities to dig deep and consider who in their local area deserves to be recognised for ensuring our parks and open spaces are better looked after, libraries and heritage centres are kept open, food banks and furniture projects continue to help people meet their basic needs and communities are blazing a trail in recycling and renewable energy. 

"These achievements are seldom noticed beyond the neighbourhood or the people directly benefiting.  We want to celebrate the power of community action and the Groundwork Community Awards will shine a light on what’s already being achieved so that even more communities might be encouraged to get organised and get active."


Notes to Editors

For further information, please contact Stacey Aplin, PR and Communications Officer on, 0121- 237-5815.

About the Awards

There are 10 award categories, each reflecting the huge diversity of projects and services being delivered by community volunteers:

  • Best community group contribution to health and wellbeing
  • Best community group contribution to environmental sustainability
  • Best community group contribution to community cohesion
  • Best community group contribution to education or employment
  • Best community project on a social housing estate
  • Best community partnership with business
  • Best community garden or green space
  • Community leader of the year
  • Young community leader of the year
  • Community group of the year – all round achievement award