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Walsall Community Recognition Awards

Walsall Community Recognition Awards will celebrate the vital work of local communities in making Walsall a welcoming place for people of all faiths, beliefs and cultures by bringing together local heroes and shining a light on their inspirational work.

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Nominations for 2020 Walsall Community Recognition Awards are now open!

We are proud to announce that we will be hosting the Walsall Community Recognition Awards in January 2020 where we will celebrate the vital work of local communities in making Walsall a welcoming place for people of all faiths, beliefs and cultures by bringing together local heroes and shining a light on their inspirational work.

This new awards ceremony recognises the unsung heroes of Walsall’s cultural, faith and belief communities, celebrating the vital services they provide – from youth clubs to health and wellbeing workshops, food banks, drop in centres and more.

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: rich@faithbeliefforum.org or calling 07483008159.

This event has been made possible by the Walsall For All project.

 

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 Walsall residents. They reduce social isolation and improve people’s quality of life by supporting vulnerable people from different backgrounds.

Inspiring youth

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.

Interfaith relations

Walsall’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 overtime 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 Walsall’s communities. Projects within this category support those affected by violence; bring communities together to stand against violence; and promote peaceful relations.

Promoting inclusion

Walsall residents may face misunderstanding, isolation or exclusion because of their culture, 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 cultural/faith/belief groups or wider society. Projects within this category work at the intersection between faith/belief and other aspects of identity – creating inclusive spaces.

Supporting women

This category will celebrate the achievements and contributions of women, from all walks of life, who make Walsall 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.

Inspirational individuals

Walsall 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 Walsall as a welcoming place for people of all cultures, faiths and beliefs.

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

Your nomination must identify a project or individual:

  • That works at a local level within Walsall
  • That is driven by a certain cultural, faith or non-religious belief (we welcome nominations from faith based and secular projects)

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 community group or a place of worship, or 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. We are interested in receiving nominations from all cultural groups represented in Walsall, as well as from faith and non-religious groups.

Awarded projects will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend an awards ceremony in Walsall on 23rd January 2020.
  • Meet and connect with individuals and groups from across Walsall’s cultural, faith, belief and community sector.
  • Gain a free place on an F&BF training workshop
  • Join F&BF’s Movement Builders Network and contribute to F&BF podcasts, blogs, and attend F&BF events for free.

How to Nominate

Please click here to complete nomination form

Nominations Close Monday 18 November.


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Rich Pringle

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