These multiple winning awards sit under one umbrella of ‘community partnerships’ which 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 2017 and 2019.
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%)