The Place To Be Proud Of Awards recognise the contributions made by individuals, groups, organisations, places and initiatives that make our borough a diverse, vibrant community and a great place to live and do business. Individual categories are sponsored by locally-based businesses. This year the awards evening will be on the 7th June and the categories are as follows:
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT AWARD
SPONSORED BY LEISURE PARK
This category is for local artists, dance groups, photographers and designers, or for cultural creativity or just good entertainment in the community of Basingstoke and Deane.
BASINGSTOKE AMBASSADOR AWARD
SPONSORED BY QMC & FACE TV
This will be given to the person, organisation or team that represents the Basingstoke and Deane area to the outside community and really puts Basingstoke on the map. This could be a local group, a business, a team or an individual.
HEALTH & CARE AWARD
SPONSORED BY BMI THE HAMPSHIRE CLINIC
This category is for individuals or organisations involved in keeping the borough healthy and for people and places dedicated to caring for people in our community. This could be a charity or a group of volunteers.
SPORTS HERO AWARD
This category is for an individual or team that has shown real dedication to their sport and have demonstrated great sporting achievement/contribution within their field. Three finalists will be picked by the judges and then there will be an online public vote to select the winner. If making a nomination in this category you/your nominee must be willing and prepared to promote your nomination as part of an online poll; this is a great opportunity to make local people aware of their activities.
UNSUNG HERO AWARD
SPONSORED BY FESTIVAL PLACE
An Unsung Hero is an individual who goes above and beyond their work role to make their community a great place to live and work, but who is rarely recognised for what they do. Past winners have included a good neighbour, a local beat officer, a caretaker and someone that runs a voluntary group.
YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD
SPONSORED BY GAZETTE NEWSPAPERS & THE BREEZE
This category is for individuals under 21 years old who have shown real achievement, either in a hobby such as singing,dancing, acting, in a sport in enterprise, in raising money for charity or in doing something special for their community.
COMMUNITY PROJECT AWARD
SPONSORED BY SENTINEL HOUSING ASSOCIATION
This category is for an individual or group (voluntary or not) who have worked hard to develop projects/s or activities for the overall benefit of the community that help make Basingstoke and Deane a place that we can all be proud of. This could be anything from support groups for vulnerable people and fund raising, to community tree planting, family fun days and awareness raising campaigns. Nominations can be from one –off projects or on-going programmes.
INSPIRING TEACHER AWARD
SPONSORED BY BASINGSTOKE & DEANE BOROUGH COUNCIL
This category is for an individual who is dedicated to educating young people within the Borough. It is for someone who goes over and above the call of duty in teaching, celebrating the positive impact they have on students, making a real difference to young people’s lives with their outstanding contribution to the community.
MAKING A NOMINATION
The nominations that have the greatest impact on the judges for the award are those that present a very clear case for why a person, organisation or subject of the entry form should win. Short, well written and factual, these entries clearly show the role of the individual, group, or organisation in the Basingstoke and Deane community and the value they add.