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Groundwork Community Awards reopens for applications

Groundwork is asking the public to nominate community groups and leaders to receive a national award at an awards ceremony recognising community heroes who work to make their local areas better places to live. 

Now in its second year, the Groundwork Community Awards was launched by the charity to honour small local community groups making a big difference to everyone’s quality of life where they live but who often get little recognition and support.

This year’s awards are supported by the Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG). 

The awards are simple to enter via an online system where community groups can highlight their own achievements – or can nominate a project to receive an award in one of 10 categories reflecting the huge diversity of projects and services being delivered by community volunteers.

Nominate a community group or individual here

The deadline for nominations is 22 July.  Shortlisted community groups will be invited to attend a national awards ceremony at the House of Commons on the evening of 22 November.

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

The response to the Community Awards last year was phenomenal.  We received over 250 inspirational applications about people who are doing extraordinary things where they live. 

Their tireless work and commitment is the glue that helps to hold our society together. 

We want to build on last year’s success and provide even more groups with a greater platform to engage and share ideas and to keep the momentum going in our communities.

Jake Berry MP, Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, said:

The community awards are a great way to recognise the time and effort individuals and groups put into helping improve their local areas.

This country is home to some fantastically civic-minded people and I would encourage as many community groups to enter as possible and see all of their hard work recognised.

The Groundwork Community Awards 2018 will be hosted by Georgina Burnett.

Georgina is a BBC presenter, property and DIY interiors vlogger, writer and property developer.  Georgina has appeared on a number of television and online channels and these days is best known as the presenter of The Home Genie.  A passionate upcycler, Georgina became an ambassador for Groundwork in 2017.


Notes to Editors

For further information, please contact Stacey Aplin, PR and Communications Officer or call 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

About Groundwork

Groundwork is a charity working locally and nationally to transform lives in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

We’re passionate about creating a future where every neighbourhood is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and no-one is held back by their background or circumstances.

We help people gain confidence and skills, get into training and work, protect and improve green spaces, lead more active lives and overcome significant challenges such as poverty, isolation, low skills and poor health.