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Sutton’s Community Awards 2021 to celebrate borough’s heroes

Awards set to take place in February 2022 are open for nominations from across Sutton from today.

Each year, Sutton's Community Awards recognise remarkable individuals and groups across the borough. This year sees us looking towards the future and those aiding the recovery and rebuilding of our vibrant community. Last year saw over 270 nominations for individuals, groups and organisations, which were celebrated at a virtual awards ceremony. 

Sutton's Community Awards are run in partnership between Community Action Sutton, Sutton Housing Partnership, Volunteer Centre Sutton, and Sutton Council. The awards aim to celebrate the individuals, volunteers and community groups that have made an exceptional contribution to making Sutton a better place to live, work and raise a family.

There are 10 award categories, including four new awards for 2021:
1. The Outstanding Community Champion Award

2. The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award (new)

3. The Environment Champion Award (new)

4. The Outstanding Volunteer Award

5. The Outstanding Volunteering Group Award

6. The Outstanding Young Person Award

7. The Outstanding Voluntary and Community Sector Organisation of the Year Award

8. The Sue Robson Trustee of the Year Award

9. The Innovator of the Year Award (new)

10. The Lifetime Achievement Award (new)

To read more on the categories, criteria and to enter, please visit the Community Awards page - www.sutton.gov.uk/communityawards

This year’s awards will look slightly different with a hybrid (physical and virtual) awards ceremony planned for February 2022 and greater opportunities for entries from across Sutton. 

The nominations for 2021 are open from Monday 22 November until 5pm on Friday 17 December. 

Councillor Marian James, Chair of Sutton Council’s People Committee said:
“Each year the Community Awards present a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the selfless contributions of individuals and organisations from across Sutton. The pandemic highlighted many challenges across the borough and it was heartening to see individuals and organisations step-up to help their community. The awards present a chance to acknowledge and thank them for all that they did and continue to do.”

Simon Breeze, Chief Executive of Community Action Sutton said:
“The Sutton Community Awards is one of the highlights of the year where we can come together to celebrate all the best that Sutton has to offer. However, challenging the last year has been, it is always heartening to see people's desire to make things better and help their communities. I'm particularly excited to see the nominations for the new awards recognising work on diversity and the environment!”

Anita Maullin, Chief Executive of Volunteer Centre Sutton said: "We're delighted to be a partner in this event for the third year running. These awards showcase the contribution everyone has made, from residents to volunteers, in helping to bring Sutton through the last year.”

Steve Tucker, Managing Director of Sutton Housing Partnership said:
“Following a difficult couple of years for everyone, it is essential our local community continues to work together to ensure we move forward. Sutton Housing Partnership is delighted to once again be a partner of Sutton's Community Awards and I look forward to hearing your inspiring stories.”


To find out more on the awards please visit www.sutton.gov.uk/communityawards