The SK Community Awards 2021 celebrate South Kesteven's community champions.
With multiple categories, the SK Community Awards are helping to shine a light on the people and organisations who have gone above and beyond to help others and make a real difference to their communities.
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2021 - everyone nominated is a worthy winner. South Kesteven has some truly amazing people. Judging of the 123 nominations received is currently underway. The finalists will be announced soon so watch this space and don't worry if you didn't nominate that person in your community who does so much for others - the awards will be back next year so you'll have another chance to nominate your local hero.
Our awards covered a wide range of activities and community efforts, and are designed to encourage nominations across the board.
Dedicated to our late colleague, this award reflects Neil's actions in using CPR to save the life of his 11-month-old son Tommy following a cardiac arrest. We want to identify a member of the community or a group whose actions have gone 'beyond the call of duty' in any situation, including pandemic actions or an emergency situation.
This is a category for people who have dedicated their life to an aspect of public service, showing selflessness and a compassion for others. There are many unsung heroes across our communities, so who do you know that has worked tirelessly for the benefit of others?
The pandemic has reminded us all of the importance of neighbourliness and providing a helping hand, so this award is designed to reflect the actions of individuals in their community. We know that individuals have the power to make a huge difference to their community and the people around them: let's hear about them.
In a difficult year for traditional arts and cultural activities, this award recognises those people who have found ways to engage with, enthuse and encourage others in their creativity. This is sector that's known for its face-to-face interaction, delivering huge wellbeing benefits to everyone it touches. Who deserves recognition for their resilience, adaptability and providing opportunities for people to participate in the arts?
Our environment has never been more important and this award is for individuals who have shown pride in the appearance and cleanliness of their local area and deserve recognition. Community pride is invaluable within our neighbourhoods, whether that's helping to clear a river or litter picking, for example.
With exercise and activity proven to help people keep mentally and physically fit, this award recognises those people who help keep others active or inspire others to be active. Many people have displayed amazing aptitude, such as help with community gardening, men's sheds, online physical activity and mindfulness, all contributing to community wellbeing.
Businesses have played an enormous role in helping to feed and support those in need within our communities. Let's recognise those businesses who have made an exceptional contribution to its community with this award. Examples include donations of food to help the vulnerable, donations of equipment to help home schooling.
An incredible amount of young people have stepped up to help others during the pandemic and this award recognises those youthful contributions (from under 25s). It's time to celebrate the good that young people do, much of which goes unrecognised, so let's hear it for our inspirational young people.
The following awards were not open to public nominations. Winners will be determined by our Cabinet Member for People and Safer Communities, Cllr Annie Mason, from nominations received for other categories.
As the highest award that we can give to an individual, this accolade will be awarded to celebrate the person of any age chosen from all individual category winners for their outstanding contribution.
This award recognises the top collective action from the achievements of groups across the district, without whom so many people would have struggled to get grassroots support at a time of our great need.