Observer Community Awards: We want YOUR nominations

Readers have already started nominating their community heroes who they think should be in the running for one of our community awards '“ but we want more!

Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 3:57 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:20 pm
Last year's Observer Community Awards (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-161214-082201008
Last year's Observer Community Awards (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-161214-082201008

Since we launched, our brilliant readers have been getting in touch and as always the nominees all play a vital role in our community.

There are 13 categories in which readers can put forward their nominations including best volunteer, best community event and best school.

Once all of the nominations are in, the Observer will publish the shortlist from which our readers can choose the winners.

These will then be revealed at a fantastic ceremony held at Butlin’s on December 4 hosted by Fred Dinenage.

Rolls-Royce is again returning as the event’s principle sponsor and the company said it was again delighted to be involved.

Spokesman Andrew Ball said: “Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to support the Chichester Observer Community Awards, in this our 9th year of sponsorship. Rolls-Royce is the world’s leading luxury manufacturer, but is equally a local company that strives to be an excellent neighbour and good community citizen.

“Over the years we have been privileged to hear the extraordinary stories of the nominees, and have no doubt that this year’s awards will be equally humbling.”

The range of categories in which readers can nominate cover a wide range including sports, the arts, animals and voluntary work.

There is also a special category to recognise the efforts put in by our young people, a bravery category and one for a person who is simply an inspiration to those who are around them.

Observer’s editor-in-chief Gary Shipton urged readers to get involved: “Anyone who has had the pleasure of coming along to one of our previous community awards knows just what an inspirational evening it is.

“We at the Observer very much look forward to again hearing all of the magnificent stories and reasons behind your nominations.

“These are your community heroes so make sure they are nominated.”

To nominate someone complete the coupon in the Chichester Observer series, email [email protected] or visit

The categories:

BEST VOLUNTEER - SHIRLEY HENRY AWARD So many people give up their time for others to ensure that organisations can continue to operate, or pass on their skills and talents on to others.

BEST COMMUNITY PERSON This is the person who is always asked to help and who always says yes. They could run a sports team, support vulnerable people or help organise events making our area a better place.

MINI MARVEL Know a youngster who is a real inspiration? They may have overcome a personal hurdle, played a key part in a community effort or simply have been consistently kind and thoughtful to those around them.

BEST SCHOOL (Sponsored by Chadery Bulgin) Schools are more than just exam results. The best schools are those which play a vital role in the development of their pupils and also play a key part in the community.

SCHOOL STAR Teacher, support workers, parent helpers, dinner ladies, caretakers, school crossing patrols...... do you know anyone without whom your school would be a much poorer place.

BEST COACH Behind every successful sporting team or star there is a dedicated coach putting in maximum effort and hours to get the best out of everyone.

SPORTS TEAM OR SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR Do you know a team who have performed beyond expectations, shown commitment and determination, provided an inclusive environment or acted as role models.

OUTSTANDING BRAVERY This could be someone who has refused to be beaten and shows determination to keep fighting against the odds. Courage takes many forms and we’d like to hear about people who deserve to be recognised.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD (Sponsored by HRDept) Whether it be one amazing act of kindness or years and hard work and dedication, this award is for those who need to have their efforts recognised.

HERO TO ANIMALS Helping those creatures who cannot help themselves, there is a dedicated army of animal lovers out there who care for our furry friends.

BEST LOCAL VOLUNTARY/CHARITY GROUP Playing an ever-increasing role in society, charities, community and voluntary groups are vital to the wellbeing of our local community so we want to celebrate their hard work.

BEST COMMUNITY EVENT (Sponsored by Anderson Rowntree) Family fun days, fetes, free concerts and flower shows.... Without these non-commercial events our communities would be a duller place. Which is your favourite?

CONTRIBUTION TO ARTS IN THE COMMUNITY We’re looking for people involved in community events, dance, drama, music, or any type of performance whether teaching, organising or performing whose efforts bring the arts closer to the community.

OBSERVER AWARD FOR SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT (Sponsored by Rolls Royce) Chosen by the Observer, this award recognises the special achievements or effort by an individual or a group.