Nominations for 2019 London Faith and Belief Community Awards are now open!
Our annual awards recognises the unsung heroes of London’s faith and belief communities, celebrating the vital services they provide – from youth clubs to health and wellbeing workshops, food banks and drop in centres. This year 40 awards of £500 will be given out.
Before completing the nomination form, please have a look at the award categories and criteria below to make sure the project is eligible for an award.
We do not want to exclude any good work. If you are not sure if your project is eligible, or need assistance with the nomination form please get in touch by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Community Team on: 0207 482 9549.
Maryam Women’s Centre at the East London Mosque – awarded for providing information, advice and guidance for women in the local community.
Balham Autumn Rose Club (ran by the Balham Seventh Day Adventist Church) – awarded for hosting a longstanding weekly lunch club project, with health and wellbeing sessions, for their diverse elderly community.
Chaverim Youth Organisation – awarded for their effective project running after-school and school-holiday activities and leadership programmes for thousands of Charedi Jewish young people.
Sikh Welfare & Awareness Team – awarded for their numerous outreach projects which transform and unite financially disadvantaged communities across West London.
Watch our short film featuring previous award-winners:
In the nomination form, you will be asked to choose a category but please let us know if you are not sure where your nominated project fits in these categories.
Health & wellbeing
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.
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.
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.
Improving access to services
Working at the neighbourhood level, projects within this category identify people who are often overlooked and excluded. These projects work over time to connect people to life-saving public services offered by local councils and larger charities, as well as offering advice and support at the community level.
Peace & reconciliation
Crime and violent attacks send a message of exclusion and tear the fabric of London’s communities. Projects within this category support those affected by violence; bring communities together to stand against violence; and promote peaceful relations.
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.
Inspired by the Mayor of London’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, this category will celebrate the achievements and contributions of women, from all walks of life, who make London great. 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.
London is full of people who work tirelessly for their community, making a lasting positive contribution to our city. Individuals recognised in this category inspire others by their acts of public service which are matched by their attitude and value, exemplifying London as a welcoming place for people of all faiths and beliefs.
Our awards scheme seeks to celebrate work that is often overlooked and marginalised.
Your nomination must identify a project or individual:
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.
Individuals can be part of a community group or work independently. Individuals could make their contribution to their community in a paid or voluntary capacity.
The project or individual nominated could work across communities or within their own community i.e. it does not have to have an interfaith focus.
This awards scheme aims to celebrate work which reaches people with a range of identities. This year we are particularly interested in receiving nominations from Sikh, Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain communities.
Awarded projects will receive £500 to enhance their work.
Awarded projects, recognised projects and recognised individuals will have the opportunity to:
Nominations for the 2019 London Faith & Belief Awards are closed! We will be announcing the 2020 Awards in June 2020.