A Place to Be Proud of Awards Basingstoke
Destination Basingstoke

Award categories and sponsors for 2024

Above & Beyond Award

This award recognises individuals who have shown incredible professional and personal pride in their work that supports the community.

It may be a public servant, a health care worker, a teacher or someone at any business or organisation who has gone above and beyond what would normally be expected in their job to support others in the community.

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Castle Trust Bank is excited to continue its sponsorship of Destination Basingstoke’s Place To Be Proud Of Awards this year. The awards, and the Above and Beyond category that we sponsor in particular, has Castle Trust Bank’s values at its heart – for example, we’ve introduced volunteering days for 2024 where colleagues will be able to help out in the local community. Basingstoke has so many people who make a huge difference to our community by giving much more of themselves than their job or role description requires, and we are delighted to help recognise and celebrate these individuals. We had a difficult job selecting the winner last year from all of the high-quality nominations that were received, and we look forward to having the same problem again this year! If anyone knows someone they feel is deserving of this award, we would encourage them to submit a nomination!

Health & Wellbeing Award

This category puts the spotlight on individuals and organisations involved in keeping the borough healthy and well, and it recognises people, and places, dedicated to caring for people in our community.

The judges are looking for that person or organisation that has made a difference to keeping the borough’s community healthy, is looking after the community’s wellbeing, or who cares for those in our community.

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At Lilly, we are passionate about helping people lead healthier lives. That’s why we’re delighted to support the Place to be Proud of Awards as they celebrate their 21st year. As a company that has been an integral part of Basingstoke for 90 years, we are committed to acknowledging the remarkable contributions of those who make this town such a wonderful place to live and work. The Health and Wellbeing Award shines a spotlight on those who care for others and work tirelessly to maintain the health and vitality of our community.

Volunteer of the Year Award

This award category showcases the exceptional contribution made by volunteers, who give their time to improve the lives and environment for others in our local community. The judges are looking for that special volunteer – it could be someone in a charity, company, or a local community or sports organisation, who contribute so much to the community.

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beaufort financial

Beaufort Financial (Reading) is pleased to once again be sponsoring The Place To Proud Of Volunteer Of The Year Award. Communities are full of individuals and organisations that do so much to help others around them. That on its own is something very much to be proud of and something we are happy to be associated with. Families and communities are central to what we do every day, helping people plan to ensure that they and those around them are cared for financially. And, when people invest their time and effort into other people and local projects, they ultimately nurture, helping those around them grow and delivering lasting effects for years to come. So, we’d like to wish all the finalists good luck and also thank every single local person who volunteers. You really do make a difference to your community.

Green Community Champion

This category is for individuals, community groups, and parish councils, who have implemented a project that has saved resources, or introduced successful recycling, reusing or sustainable projects – making their community greener and cleaner. The judges are looking for projects that have been implemented by local communities which can prove they have sustainability at their core. 

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“We’re delighted to be sponsoring Destination Basingstoke’s, Place to be Proud Awards 2024. The Green Community Award aligns perfectly with Tomato Energy’s mission to make Basingstoke a greener and more sustainable place to live and work and we’re excited to see how other people and businesses across the borough are tackling the challenge.

Are you a green community champion making a difference to the borough’s sustainability and the environment?  Have you, or your organisation, implemented a community project that has saved resources, executed green technologies, or introduced successful recycling/upcycling?  Then enter for the prestigious award!”

Young Role Model Award

This category is for individuals 18 years or under who have shown real achievement and are an inspiration to others. The judges are looking for a person 18 or under who is a true role model for other young people for their achievements in a hobby, in a sport, in enterprise, raising money for charity, or in doing something special for their community.

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Queen Marys College

Charity of the Year Award

This category is for a local charity, not for profit organisation, or branch of a national charity. The judges are looking for a charity, local or a branch of a national charity or a not-for-profit charitable organisation, that has attracted funding/donations in a creative way, or exceeded their donation targets or delivered a different/inspiring way of raising money. 

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Community Project Award

This category is for an individual or group (voluntary or not) who have worked hard to develop project/s or activities for the overall benefit of the community. The judges are looking for inspirational projects or events that have really impacted the community in which they operate.  This could be anything from support groups for vulnerable people and fund raising, to community tree planting, family fun days or awareness raising campaigns. Nominations can be for one-off projects or ongoing programmes.

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VIVID is a leading provider of affordable homes and extensive support services in the south of England including Basingstoke. We believe that everyone has the right to a safe and secure place to call home, and from the moment customers move into their home, we’re here to help with that and more. Our customers have access to a wide range of tailored advice to sustain their tenancies and look after their wellbeing. We invest in our homes and communities for the long-term to help deliver our vision of “More homes, bright futures” and make a positive impact. Our ability to continually help customers and the local community benefits from the strong partnerships we have with a wide range of organisations.

We’re delighted to sponsor the Community Project Award to help showcase individuals and groups who have worked hard to make a difference.

Sports Club of the Year Award

This category is for those sports clubs, gyms, and individuals in the world of sport who deserve to be recognised for their contribution to the local community. The judges are looking for a sports club, gym or sports person who is supporting their community to be happier and healthier.

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Unsung Hero Award

This category celebrates a person who makes an important contribution to the community (unpaid but doesn’t have to be a volunteer). We all know a community unsung hero – someone who makes our neighbourhood, street or town so much better.  The judges are looking for these special people who give something to their community and are currently not recognised for what they do.

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Sports Personality of the Year Award

Sports Personality of the Year – Junior (under 18) and Senior (18 and over).

The judges are looking for the Junior and Senior Sports Personality of the Year. The nominees could be sports players, coaches or other members of sports clubs in Basingstoke and Deane.

What makes your nominee stand out from the crowd? What has your nominee done to deserve to be on the winner’s podium in 2024? The judges are looking for nominees who have made a difference, and big impact, in 2023 or over a longer period of time.

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Inspirational Educator Award

The winner of this category will be someone who has inspired people  through education/learning. The judges are looking for an individual who has made a real impact on individuals or their local community.

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Arts & Entertainment Award

This category is for local artists, dance groups, musicians, photographers, designers, and organisers of any entertainment event for the community of Basingstoke and Deane.

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Destination Basingstoke's Sponsors

Absolutely Offices Basingstoke
NHS Hampshire Hospitals Trust