This is the third year we are running the Community Award scheme. The scheme is open to any public, private and voluntary sector organisations and individuals who are contributing to community wellbeing. Applications should demonstrate activities and action which help improve community wellbeing and quality of life of local people. These activities will support the Council’s aims of providing a safe, clean attractive place to live and work, encouraging people to be engaged in developing strong communities and promoting good health and wellbeing.
Organisations and individuals should be based or live within Stafford Borough and all projects should take place within Stafford Borough.
Award Categories for 2019
All applications need to be able to demonstrate how they have improved aspects of the community in which they live or work or have gone out of their way to help others. This could be in a variety of ways such as helping others and keeping them company (befriending, luncheon clubs and shopping services); setting up projects and services such as foodbanks; encouraging others to be involved with projects; promoting a healthier lifestyle through activities like running and walking, or cook and learn; contributing to sustainable development and more sustainable living through recycling, litter picking, keeping your community clean and tidy; conserving wildlife and biodiversity or reducing their carbon footprint.
The award categories for 2019 are:
- Business and the Economy - Open to any public or private sector organisation that has promoted community Action, Environmental Improvement and Social Wellbeing.
- Community Action – Open to community groups, schools, voluntary sector organisations and community interest companies who have taken improvement action in their local community. For example this can include holding arts festivals, providing information, advice and support services to hard to reach and vulnerable groups, youth activities.
- Environmental Improvement – open to community groups, schools, voluntary sector organisations and community interest companies who have improved the environment in their local community or school. For example litter picking, keeping your community clean and tidy.
Social Wellbeing – Open to community groups, schools, voluntary sector organisations and community interest companies who improved the wellbeing of others in their local community. For example this can include providing befriending services, holding luncheon clubs and providing shopping services.
Local Hero (under 18 category) – open to any individual under 18.
Local Hero (18 and over) – open to any individual who is 18 or over.
In addition to these there will also be the overall winner for 2019. The Judges will choose their successful applicant from the shortlisted nominees and this will be announced on the night of the awards.