Faith & Belief Celebration

Southwark Faith & Belief Awards

Celebrating the contributions of faith and belief communities to Southwark

Programme Overview

We are excited to announce that the inaugural Southwark Faith & Belief Awards will take place on 22nd September 2022 at Southwark Cathedral, held in partnership with Southwark Multi Faith Forum and Southwark Council.

This awards scheme celebrates the contributions of Southwark’s faith and belief groups to the borough and creates an opportunity for inspirational projects to connect and learn from each other.

We seek to celebrate those who draw on faith and belief as motivation for the work they deliver. Including work such as supporting residents affected by Covid 19, running foodbanks, providing activities and service for young people, and serving the most vulnerable in Southwark.

Nominations are now closed.

Nomination Information

Below is guidance that helps guide your nomination. 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.

Our awards scheme seeks to celebrate work that is often overlooked.

Your nomination must identify a project or individual:

  • That works at a local level within Southwark to improve lives of residents
  • That is driven by a certain faith or non-religious belief (we welcome nominations from faith based and secular projects) or benefits a particular faith and belief group

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. 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.

You are invited to nominate both your own work and work of others.

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 the impact 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.

Action against Climate Change Award

Climate Change is the most urgent challenge facing humanity. Many groups work to inspire behavioural change, educate others on the issues and take practical action to tackle climate change.

Work may include: Faith / Belief groups delivering tree planting projects, litter picking campaigns, walk to school schemes, eco-buildings.

Community resourcefulness in response to Covid-19 Award

The global pandemic of Covid-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the lives of residents. 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.

Work may include: Places of worship hosting a vaccine drive, Faith / Belief group providing material resources to those in need, a group providing translated materials for an underrepresented community.

Health & Wellbeing Award

Projects in this category create specialised services for the health and wellbeing of residents. They reduce social isolation and improve the quality of life by supporting vulnerable people from different backgrounds.

Work may include: Faith / Belief groups delivering healthy eating classes, mental health support, sports activities, initiatives that tackle loneliness or wellbeing services that a religiously sensitive.

Inspiring Youth Award

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.

Work may include: afterschool clubs, providing leadership opportunities, sports clubs, employability programmes, tackling youth violence and crime.

We are particularly looking to celebrate work that is led by youth people or young leaders under 30 who deserve recognition.

Promoting Inclusion Award

Residents may face misunderstanding or exclusion because of their faith or belief. They may be further excluded, due to other aspects of their identities (e.g. ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexuality, class, age and ability). Projects within this category work at the intersection between faith/belief and other aspects of identity to connect people to public services, and to offer advice and support.

Work may include: Support for the homelessness, debt advice centres, support for unemployed people, ESOL classes, support for refugees and migrants, LGBTQ support groups, women-only services.

Interfaith Relations Award

Local 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.

Work may include: interfaith dialogue activities; projects that bring different communities together through activities like choirs, sports groups, hosting events that improve religious literacy.


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