These multiple winning awards sit under one umbrella of ‘community partnerships’ which, at the judges discretion, will be split into sub-categories focusing on three key areas:- Social & Environmental Sustainability; Education, Employment & Entrepreneurship; and finally Health & Wellbeing. The awards will be presented to different organisations demonstrating varying qualities and commitment within their community partnerships schemes. It will be at the discretion of the judges to decide upon the final sub-categories in order to align with entries received with innovation, scalability and legacy will also be considered.
It is open to any organisation with a community partnerships programme or funding scheme, run independently or in partnership with one or more partners and can be based on any theme including: social, health/well-being, educational, sustainable or environmental, although you may also wish to consider Best Education or Environmental Behaviour Change. Projects can be focused on the UK or overseas, with a significant impact being made between 2018 and 2020.
The community partnerships scheme must demonstrate how it influenced the community, how many people it engaged, what the lasting benefits will be and what the economical knock-on effect that the programme has created for the local community.
The assessment of the project’s success will focus on creativity, innovation, integration and other impacts that foster improved relations and include quantifiable benefits for a community group.
Judges will consider and reward organisations for managing programmes and projects aimed at improving community services, products and quality of life.
In judging this award, the panel will be looking for quantified details of projects, outcomes, achievements and the effectiveness of what was delivered; evidence of the degree of innovation in scoping and developing the initiative as well as the use of awareness raising measures to promote the scheme and deliver the programme; and measurement of the overall impact of the project.
Judges will be looking for evidence of the following points within the supplied application form (weighting percentages in brackets):
- How the project set new standards for innovation and creativity; (15%)
- Awareness raising of the project to promote the scheme across the targeted community; (20%)
- The measurement of overall impact on community in real terms: whether the scheme positively influenced change in the community resulting in quantifiable impact on individuals; (40%)
- The schemes integrated legacy and scalability to ensure ongoing and lasting community benefits once the project is complete; (25%)
Are we eligible to enter?
Our awards programme is open to all organisations of any kind… companies large and small, charities, not-for-profits, social enterprises, NGOs, membership and accreditation organisations and government departments including local and county councils. We are all about rewarding sustainability practice – in all its forms. So if your organisation is making a difference, directly or indirectly to people and planet, you’re eligible.
We don’t just recognise businesses that are operating responsibly, or supporting / partnering with worthwhile causes. We also actively encourage entries from organisations that have been specifically set up or adapted to offer a product or service that tackles a social or environmental problem.
Our category descriptions and criteria have been written to guide entrants on what content should be detailed in their entries. However, we do not expect square pegs to fit in round holes… Some of your business activities or dedicated programmes might not fit entirely with any one specific category. In these cases, the descriptions and criteria are open to an element of interpretation and rest assured that our judges will still take into account entries that are strongly aligned with the overall context of the category.
If you have any concerns about the suitability of your entry, or would like to discuss your activities in more detail, we are here to help. Give Karen a call on 07813 718541 or email us.