Community at Heart Awards

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These awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of residents from across Broadland who go above and beyond to support others or complete incredible achievements.

If someone in your community has made a positive impact on you, or the wider community, helping making lives better, or inspiring others then we want to hear about it.

The winner in each category will receive £250 to give to their chosen community group or voluntary organisation.

Nominations for this year's awards have now closed.


  • Inspiration of the Year - Someone who strives to achieve their best at work, in their studies, in sports or the arts, or in the community - sponsored by Clarion Housing
  • Young Hero of the Year (aged 18 or under) - A young person who has made remarkable and inspiring achievements in support of their community - sponsored by HSBC
  • The Helping Hand Award - A friend neighbour or carer who always goes the extra mile to help or support others - sponsored by Castle Meadows
  • Business Community Support of the Year - A local business that has led or supported community initiatives and values
  • Green at Heart Award - An individual, school, business, or community group who has made an extra effort to make a positive impact on the environment
  • Community Group of the Year - A community group that has made a significant contribution to the residents of their local area - sponsored by East of England Co-op
  • Volunteer of the Year - An individual who has volunteered their time to make an outstanding contribution to their community - sponsored by Price Bailey
  • Community Hero - A person who has made a positive impact on an individual or a community. Someone who deserves special recognition for their effort and commitment

Read all about last year's winners

Watch last year's virtual awards

Need help writing your nomination?

  • The most important thing is to provide evidence of what they’ve done and how they’ve made things better for others. The more information and background you can give on the nomination form, the better chance we have to recognise and judge your nomination.

    There isn’t a right way or a wrong way to write a nomination and it doesn’t need to be particularly formal. Every nomination is different. But your nomination must tell the story of what your candidate has done.

    Give examples of how they have demonstrated going the extra mile and contributed in a distinctive way, shown innovation or creativity in improving the lives of others.

  • Effective nominations often include words such as:

    Determination, commitment, respect, drive, sustainability, recognition,innovation, creativity selflessness, impact, zeal, performance, ambassador

    Adjectives such as:

    Trusted, conscientious, wise, inspirational, persuasive, passionate, exemplary, resourceful enthusiastic, fair, tenacious, sympathetic, admired, unflustered, supportive, vibrant, articulate, diligent, dedicated

    Phrases such as:

    Making a difference,going the extra mile, role model, overcoming obstacles, head and shoulders above the rest