Observer Community Awards are back

The winners of the 2012 Observer Community Awards
The winners of the 2012 Observer Community Awards

IT’S back! The Observer’s celebration of the best in our local community is once again open for nominations.

The awards officially launch in the paper tomorrow (Thursday, May 2) but you can get your nominations in online now.

Winners of the Observer Community Awards 2012

Winners of the Observer Community Awards 2012

We want you to shout about the people you think deserve recognition, be it for their bravery, hard work or sporting achievements, we want to hear about it.

“The Community Awards are always one of the highlights of the year for the whole news team,” said editor Colin Channon.

“So often, newspapers are criticised for being negative, but this is the perfect way to show we want to shout about all the great projects going on in our communities.

“The ceremony itself is always a great night so make sure you get your nomination in – you have to be in it to win it.”

Nominations will be open until mid-July, with voting taking place before the awards ceremony later this year.

You can nominate by emailing

This year, there is also a new way to nominate via our Community Awards Facebook page:

New awards

This year we are launching two new award categories.

In the first – Voice of the People – we are looking for those who stand up to ensure no-one goes unheard.

It could be an elected official, a member of a community group or a vocal campaigner, anyone who has represented the views of their fellow residents.

Our second new category is Best Community Event.

Throughout the year, we cover amazing local events, from raft races to Bognor Birdman to Madhurst.

Now, we want to incorporate all of these and more into our awards.

So, if you’ve been to an event which deserves recognition, don’t miss your chance to nominate.

“We wanted to make this year’s Community Awards better than ever,” said Colin.

“Introducing two new categories is a great way to do that and to get more people involved than ever before. With your support, we can really shout about everything our area has to offer.”

Rolls Royce

We are delighted to announce that this year’s awards will once again see Rolls Royce as the principal sponsor.

The company has been instrumental to the success of the awards in recent years and we are grateful for its continued generosity and support.

“Without our corporate sponsors this free awards event simply could not go ahead,” said Colin. “So, as always, we thank Rolls Royce, and all the category sponsors for their support.”

Sponsorship and categories

The full list of categories in year’s awards is:

Best Volunteer

Best Community Person

Mini Hero, sponsored by Families for Children

Hero to Animals

Best School, sponsored by Natures Way Foods

School Star

Super Senior

Best Coach, sponsored by South Coast Skips

Sports Team of the Year, sponsored by Chandlers

Best Sportsperson

Special Recognition

Best Local Voluntary/Charity Group

Outstanding Bravery

Voice of the People

Best Community Event

Biggest Contribution to Arts in the Community

Observer Award for Special Achievement, sponsored by Rolls Royce

More information on each category will be published in tomorrow’s paper, along with sponsor logos.

However, there is still time to become a category sponsor in this year’s awards.

For more information on sponsorship, visit email or call 01243 534140.