Community Inspiration Awards 2023
Nominations for the 11th Community Inspiration Awards 2023 are now open. The annual Community Inspiration Awards is organised by the Community Foundation, to recognise outstanding contributions made by staff from public sector organisations, charities, businesses and members of the community, whose efforts have made a positive difference in the community.
Every year, we are inundated with hundreds of nominations for outstanding achievements made by individuals, public sector organisations, charities and businesses. There is no fee to make a nomination, its completely free to enter. We also don’t charge people who have been shortlisted to attend the awards ceremony. This year’s Community Inspiration Awards ceremony will take place on Friday 8th September 2023 where our panel of esteemed judges will announce the finalists and winners.
Deadline for nomination is 12pm Friday 31 March 2023
11th Community Inspiration Awards
Each year we have 15 high profile VIPs from across West Midlands to give out the awards. Our confirmed VIPs this year, who will give out the awards on the night includes (other VIPs once confirmed will be added to this list):
Previous Award Presenters:-
The Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Julia King
Jess Phillips MP
Shabana Mahmood MP
Richard Burden MP
Khalid Mahmood MP
Tahir Ali MP
Paulette Hamilton MP
Lorley Burt MP
John Hemming MP
Neena Gill MEP
Phil Bennion MEP
Regional and local Authorities:
WM Combined Authority Mayor, Andy Street
Coventry City Council Chief Executive, Martin Reeves
Dudley City Council Chief Executive, Kevin O’Keefe
Longhurst Group Chief Executive, Julie Doyle
Sandwell Council Chief Executive, Jan Britton
Midland Hearts Chief Executive, Ruth Cooke
Birmingham City Council Chief Executive, Dawn Baxendale
Acting Chief Executive, Angela Probert
Birmingham City Council Chief Executive, Mark Rogers
West Midlands Combined Authority Chief Executive, Martin Reeves
Police & Crime Commissioner, Simon Foster
PCC David Jamieson
PCC Late Bob Jones
West Midlands Police Chief Constable, David Thompson
West Midlands Chief Constable, Chris Sims
West Midlands Fire Service - Chief Fire Officer, Phil Loach
West Midlands Fire Service Fire Authority Chairman, John Edwards
Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Gary Taylor
Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, Richard Kirby
NHS Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust Chair, Danielle Oum
Birmingham Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust Chairman, Sue Davis
Sandwell & West Birmingham Chief Executive, Toby Lewis
Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Chairman, Richard Samuda
Vice Chancellor Aston University, Julia King
Birmingham Metropolitan College Principal and Chief Executive, Pat Carvalho
South & City College Birmingham Principal, Mike Hopkins
Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, Cllr Ian Courts
WM Canal and River Trust Chairman, Peter Mathews CMG
Rubery Own Chairman, Dr David Owen OBE
Chief Executive Black Country Chambers of Commerce, Corin Crane
Black Country Metals Trading Ltd Chairman, Peter Matthews
British Group Liberal International, Chairman Phil Bennion.
Leader of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Cllr Ian Courts
Leader of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Cllr Robert Sleigh
Deputy Leader Dudley Council, Cllr Judy Foster
Deputy Leader Worcester City Council, Cllr Joy Squires
Leader of Sandwell Council, Cllr Darren Cooper
Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Brigid Jones
Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Albert Bore
Lord Mayor of Birmingham City, Cllr Muhammad Afzal
Lord Mayor Cllr Shafique Shah
Lord Mayor Cllr Ray Hassell
Lord Mayor Cllr Anne Underwood
Lord Mayor Cllr Yvonne Mosquito
1. Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is to recognise the outstanding achievements made by a person throughout their lifetime and is an inspiration to others.
2. Duty to the Community Award
This award is to recognise a politician or community activist for their dedication to serve the community through thick and thin to bring about improvements in their constituent area or to a community.
3. Bringing People Together Award
This award is to recognise outstanding individuals or a group who have improved community cohesion by bringing together people from different backgrounds and cultures to work together.
4. Environment Champion Award
This award is to recognise an individual or an organisation that has been helping to make positive improvements to the environment.
This award is to recognise an individual who has excelled in sporting, or a club that has supported people to realise their full potential and sporting talent.
6. Volunteer Award
This award is to recognise an individual who has dedicated their time and energy voluntarily to an organisation or cause through which they have made a significant difference in the community.
7. Education Achievement Award
This award is to recognise students who have strived hard and made significant progress to achieve outstanding academic success in their study at school, college or university.
8. Good Neighbour Award
This award is to recognise someone with a heart of gold, who is always on hand to help out and make everyday life better for their neighbours.
Public Services Category
1. Community Reassurance Award
This award is to recognise the outstanding contribution made by a member of the Police Service or a policing team who have worked hard with the community to successfully improve community safety or reduce fear of crime.
2. Public Services Award
This award is to recognise an outstanding contribution made by an officer or a team from the council or housing association by going the extra mile to respond to the service needs of the community and improve customer satisfaction.
3. Fire Fighter Award
This award is to recognise an outstanding fire fighter or a team who have put their own lives at risk to save people/property from fire or who have worked hard to improve fire safety.
4. Health & Well Being Award
This award is to recognise the significant contribution made by a health practitioner or a team to improve health and well-being of the community though their continuous dedication and commitment to help others going beyond their call of duty.
5. Education Service Award
This award is to recognise an individual or a team who has been innovative in creating opportunities for people to get into education or complete their education who otherwise would not have studied/achieved the grades.
6. Business & Enterprise Award
This award is to recognise businesses and social enterprises that have managed to ride the economic downturn or have made positive contribution to their locality and/or customers.
7. Community Organisation Award
This award is to recognise an outstanding voluntary organisation that has made a positive impact on the community through their continuous dedication and passion to help the community.
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