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Award categories

Here are the categories for this year's Local Hero Awards.

Know somebody who meets the criteria for one of our awards? Begin your nomination now.

  • Parent of the year

    To a mum or dad who has dedicated themselves to their family and others.

  • Best Neighbour

    For that ‘normal’ person who puts themselves out for their neighbour.

  • Best new business

    Acknowledging a new company that has achieved significant success within its first 2 years of trading.

  • Carer of the year

    Awarded to somebody who has tirelessly given up their free time to look after someone less able than themselves.

  • Child of courage

    For any young person (under 18) who has shown amazing courage in the face of trauma or adversity and has come through it with a positive outlook.

  • Community champion

    For an individual that deserves recognition for their contribution to the local area and who has given their time for free to make a difference to other peoples’ lives.

  • Contribution to the community

    For somebody that deserves recognition for their contribution to the local area and who has given their time for free to make a difference to other peoples’ lives.

  • Emergency services award

    Awarded to the men and women who look after us when we are in trouble whether it is a police officer, a fire– fighter, paramedic or the lifeguards and lifeboat men and women that patrol our coast.

  • Fundraiser of the year

    For an outstanding individual who goes all out to raise valuable funds for local community projects, causes and charities.

  • Lifetime achievement

    Awarded to an outstanding individual who has personally achieved goals and aspirations beyond their own beliefs or the beliefs of others throughout their life.

  • Outstanding bravery

    To recognise an individual who has put themselves in harm’s way to help or save the life of another.

  • Outstanding customer care

    To recognise an individual or company that has gone beyond the scope of their role to ensure a customer received the
    best possible care.

  • Teacher of the year

    This award recognises teachers who are bringing learning to life by engaging and inspiring all children and young people to fulfil their potential.

  • Unsung hero

    This award goes to an individual who has achieved great things in their community yet refrains from claiming too much in return for his/ her efforts.

  • Young entrepreneur

    For a young person (21 years old or under) who has excelled in local business showing great aptitude and entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Gold award

    This is the ultimate accolade of the year and will be chosen by the judges from the winners of all of the other categories.

Begin your nomination now.

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