Sandwell Community Hubs holds annual community awards commissioned by the Sandwell Council and supported by the Local Business which are a celebration of voluntary contribution, hidden talents, success, and achievements of people and organisations living and working in their respective towns. Held across Sandwell, the community award nominees and winners carry connotations of commitment, reputation, and expertise, in turn - making people & organisations feel appreciated and well-respected. We believe that this recognition would do wonders for the winners, as feeling appreciated for the work they do will likely encourage them to continue working with enthusiasm. This award scheme is open to the community, voluntary and faith sector organisations and individuals able to demonstrate that they have improved community wellbeing within the past 12 months. The categories open for submissions are:
- OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER AWARD: Someone whose volunteering makes a huge impact to the local community.
- OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON AWARD: Young person who makes a positive contribution to the local community.
- OUTSTANDING GOOD NEIGHBOUR AWARD: Someone who helps their neighbours & makes a difference to someone else.
- OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY PROJECT AWARD: A community project that makes a difference to the local community.
- OUTSTANDING PARTNERSHIP WORKING AWARD: Group has shown that partnership working has had a positive impact.
- OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY ORGANISATION AWARD: A Community Organisation that made a diffrence to the local community.
- COMMUNITY SPECIAL AWARD: An individual that has contributed positive lifelong service to the area.
To enter, organisations and individuals must be based in their local town and all projects must take place in the town. All entries will be judged and marked accordingly by an independent panel involving local councillors. Deadline for the Smethwick Community Awards 2019 is Friday 1st March 2019. All selected nominees will be invited to an Awards Gala Dinner on 15th March 2019 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm which will be held at the Jewels Conference Suite – 171 Rolfe Street, Smethwick B66 2AR.
West Bromwich Community Awards 2017
West Bromwich heroes were celebrated at a special awards evening on 1st December 2017. Around 170 people attended the Sandwell Community Awards at the West Bromwich Town Hall. The community-led event by Sandwell Community Hubs was supported by Sandwell Council and private sponsors including Tesco New Square, West Bromwich Business Improvement District, and Sandwell College. Award winners were as follows (runners-up in brackets):
Outstanding Partnership Award: Busy Bees (Community Advice Service)
Outstanding Young Person Award: Bethany Taylor (Bradley Foster and Liam Biddle)
Outstanding Neighbour Award: Linda Callaghan (John Coley)
Outstanding Community Project Award: West Bromwich Food Bank (Yew Tree & Tame Bridge Community Centre)
Outstanding Volunteer Award: Jeanne Mansingh (Pam Jackson)
Community Special Award: Pam Jackson (Margaret Whitehouse)
Councillor Steve Melia, town lead member for West Bromwich, said: “This was a fantastic way to celebrate and say thank you to the many people and organisations across our town who go the extra mile for the local community. We are very proud of all the winners, runners-up and finalists and would also like to thank everyone who made this event a success, including the organisers, performers and our sponsors.” Entertainment was provided by Dreemz Group, Blind Faith, Cre-8, Fathia Dance Group, and People's Orchestra. Special guest speakers were deputy council leader Councillor Syeda Khatun, chair of Sandwell Community Hubs Tonia Flannagan, and council chief executive Jan Britton.
Money raised in aid of the Mayor of Sandwell’s charities totalled £592.
Wednesbury Community Awards 2018
Wednesbury community heroes were celebrated at a special awards evening on 15th March 2018. Around 160 people attended the Wednesbury Community Awards at the Wednesbury Town Hall. The community-led event by Sandwell Community Hubs was supported by Sandwell Council and private sponsors including GAUMONT, The Trade Centre Wednesbury, Quadrant Estate, KTC and Playlands Holding Ltd. Award winners were as follows (runners-up in brackets):
· Outstanding Community Organisation Award: Friar Park Millennium Centre [Trident Reach]
· Outstanding Partnership Working Award: Ian Bott [Blast Youth Club]
· Outstanding Young Person Award: Owen Richards [Mollie Mae Smith]
· Outstanding Good Neighbours Award: Lynn Chawner [Tommy Nicholls]
· Outstanding Community Project Award: Academy De Skillz & All Stars FC [Friar Park Junior Youth Club]
· Outstanding Volunteer Award Friar Park: Mark Faizey [Vicky Walton]
· Outstanding Volunteer Award Wednesbury North: Maureen Powell [Tanya Emms]
· Outstanding Volunteer Award Wednesbury South: Margaret Dorset [Donna Martin]
· Outstanding Community Special Award: In honour of the late Mr Richard Eades for his community services to Wednesbury.
Councillor Pam Hughes, town lead member for Wednesbury, said: “This awards scheme is an excellent way of rewarding people for the outstanding work that they do in the town. Wednesbury has a great tradition for community-minded people getting involved in voluntary work and the panel is anxious to recognise the work they do as individuals or in a group. People who have been helped by these hard-working volunteers should get involved in the scheme and nominate those they believe should be recognised. We hope that there will be a good response to this to mark the excellent work done in the town by so many community-minded townspeople.” Elected finalists will be invited to an awards evening to be held on Thursday 15 March at Wednesbury Town Hall.
Money raised in aid of the Mayor of Sandwell’s charities totalled £355.75.