Faith and belief groups are at the centre of community life in London, providing vital services and support to those in need and providing a strong sense of belonging to their members and beneficiaries.
We believe that the power of faith and belief based social action needs to be supported, recognised and celebrated and need you help in identifying this inspirational work by making nominations for this years awards!
Below is guidance that helps guide your nomination, including links to read about previous award winners.
Our categories, chosen in partnership with Deputy Lieutenants of Greater London, reflect the challenges faced by some Londoners and marginalised groups. On the nomination form, you will be asked to choose a category.
The global pandemic of Covid-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the lives of Londoners. Projects within this category quickly adapted their services and/or through swift innovation created new projects with a focus on the common goal of assisting those affected by the pandemic.
Inspired by The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative’s mission to encourage environmental sustainability. This category seeks to celebrate projects that address one of the most urgent challenges facing humanity by inspiring behavioural change in their communities through education, local campaigns, safeguarding green spaces and taking practical action to tackle climate change.
Projects in this category create specialised services for the health and wellbeing of Londoners. They reduce social isolation and improve the quality of life of Londoners by supporting vulnerable people from different backgrounds.
Click here to read our blog featuring past winners from the health and wellbeing category.
Young people from minority backgrounds are often overlooked and may be excluded from civic life. Projects within this category work with young people to encourage leadership and participation in their local community, and connect them with opportunities beyond their neighbourhoods.
Through this award we are particularly looking to celebrate work that is led by youth people or young leaders under 30 who deserve recognition.
Click here to read our blog featuring past winners from the inspiring youth category.
London’s neighbourhoods are multi-faith spaces where people with different faiths and beliefs share the same public spaces and services. Projects within this category build bridges across communities and create hubs that are open to all.
Click here to read our blog featuring past winners from the interfaith relations category.
Londoners may face misunderstanding, isolation or exclusion because of their faith or belief. They may be further excluded, due to other aspects of their identities (e.g. ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, age and ability) – and this discrimination may take place within faith groups or wider society. Projects within this category work at the intersection between faith/belief and other aspects of identity – creating inclusive spaces.
Click here to read our blog featuring past winners from the promoting inclusion category.
Women, from all walks of life, make extraordinary contributions to their communities and the city we live in, but they’re not always recognised. This category will recognise the work of projects which support women to make change in their community through providing education, advocacy, friendship and a wider array of services.
Click here to read our blog featuring past winners from the supporting women category.
Our awards scheme seeks to celebrate work that is often overlooked and marginalised. You may nominate your own work or that of others.
So that we can recognise the widest breadth of London’s project, previously awarded projects cannot be re-nominated.
Projects can be run by a registered charity or a community group and could be one initiative of a larger organisation or a project that is run by a place of worship or community group. It may be run entirely by volunteers or have paid staff.
The project nominated could work across communities or within their own community i.e. it does not have to have an interfaith focus.
To show a record of impact, we ask that you nominate a project that has been running for over a year.
Your nomination must identify a project:
The judging panel base their decisions upon areas such as increasing a sense of belonging for overlooked or under-supported groups; increasing life chances through engagement, education, and wellbeing; and impact across communities or on beneficiaries e.g. the number of individuals/groups reached, track record of achieving aims, transformative and lasting impact on beneficiaries. The winners selected are those who can best demonstrate their strengths in these areas.
Awarded projects, recognised projects and recognised individuals will have the opportunity to:
Nominations for the 2022 awards scheme are now closed.
In the form you will be asked to give the contact details of the group you are nominating and links to social media accounts.
You will then be asked to answer the following questions. Each question has a word limit of 350 words.
1. Please provide an overview of the background and main focus of the project you are nominating. What work does it do and why is this important? How long has it been in operation? How many people does it support a year?
2. Please tell us about the impact of this project by providing evidence and examples of what the project has achieved.
3. Why is the work of this project exceptional?
You will then be asked to list a referee who can verify the work of your nomination.
Central to making a good nomination is clearly describing what the project does and who it impacts and giving clear examples and evidence of the impact the projects makes. Think about any statistics, case studies or quotes you may be able to share.