Background

The Civic Award Scheme was initiated in 1997 for the purposes of recognising exceptional contributions to community life by people in our town.

Each year, the Town Council looks for individuals who deserve recognition for their outstanding achievements and support to others in Wokingham.  This is your opportunity to give something back to those who care.

Click here to see a list of award recipients in previous years.

What we are looking for

We are in search of people who are worthy of being singled out and publicly recognised for their generous use of time, ideas, energy and resources for the betterment of others.

We are also looking for shining examples of civic mindedness, personal courage, or service to family or community that is above and beyond the ordinary. We want the recipients of these awards to know that the difference they have made to the lives of others, or indeed to the life of the town is recognised.

Some examples may include , but are not restricted to a person:

  • who has made outstanding contributions to the town (community)
  • that provides services that enhance the wellbeing of others (health and wellbeing)
  • who improves and enhances the development of young people and children (education)
  • who strives to improve or revitalise the environment, culture and heritage (heritage and environment)
  • who enhances and increases participation in arts, including music and creative leisure activities (arts and culture)*
  • who enhances and increases participation in physical sport, leisure and activity and recreational pursuits (sport and leisure). *

*These would apply to those involved in ‘running’ an activity, e.g. coaching administration, etc as opposed to those who participate in these activities.

 

The Award process and Ceremony

The nomination process is open from February to November each year.

An on-line nomination form is required to be completed for each individual who is being nominated. Two people are required to nominate an individual and each is required to complete details about the nominee.

The nominations will be judged, early December, by a selection panel of judges including members of Wokingham Town Council's Civic Committee and the High Steward of Wokingham, Lucy Zeal.

Successful nominees will be notified by Friday 20th December 2019 and they will be invited to an Awards Ceremony at Wokingham’s Town Hall on Friday 24th January 2020 at 7.30pm.  The Town Mayor will present the winners with an award which will be engraved with his/her Christian name and Surname.  Photographs will be taken during the evening.

Nominators for successful candidates will also be invited to the ceremony and one nominator will be asked to give a citation to share why they have nominated the individual.

Please note: if no nominations are received or if it is decided that no nominees are eligible for a civic award then a ceremony will not be held.

A ceremony will only be held for two or more successful nominees. If there is only one successful nominee, their civic award will be presented privately and they will be invited to attend the following year’s ceremony.

Criteria for nominations

  • Nominees for a Civic Award may be of any age but they should reside in the town of Wokingham, or their voluntary work should be for an individual or organisation based within the town
    • Under 18s may be nominated for a Young Persons Award
  • The voluntary work should have been carried out for a minimum of 3 years (unless there are exceptional circumstances), and not connected to their employment
    • If under 18s are nominated, the judging panel may consider a reduced length of time for their contributions
  • Whilst it is acceptable for more than one individual from the same organisation to be nominated for a Civic Award, any nominees should be individuals whose voluntary work is over and above other members within the organisation
  • The voluntary work should be current and been carried out in recent years; it will not be possible to recognise historical achievements
  • Couples may be nominated on one form (if successful, they will each receive an award)
  • Wokingham Town Councillors, their employees and previous winners are not eligible (please check the list of recipients before submitting a nomination)
  • Town Councillors should not nominate individuals; requests should be submitted by members of the community only
  • Nominations will not be accepted from family members unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • The nominee must be alive at the time this nomination form is completed
  • The judges’ decisions are final

 

Submitting a nomination form

Before completing the form, please note the following:

  • The information you provide will form the basis on which the nominee is judged so please provide as much information as possible about why the individual is being nominated, including examples
  • We strongly recommend that you are very careful about sharing this information with any friends and family of the nominee to avoid any disappointment should the nomination be unsuccessful
  • All nominations must be made using the online application form.

Download the form here, save it to your computer then open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader and follow the instructions for completing it. You can download the latest version of Acrobat Reader here. Please note it is not possible to edit this form in a web browser or older versions of Acrobat Reader.

The deadline for applications for the 2020 Civic Awards is Thursday 22nd November 2019.  No applications will be accepted after this date.

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