The Mayor’s Awards is an awards for people who have improved the lives of others, recognising people and organisations who have gone above and beyond to serve the community and who have made a significant difference to the lives of our borough’s residents.
The nominations are now open and will close at 5.00pm on Monday 22 January 2024.
Who can be nominated for a Mayor’s Award?
Mayor’s Awards are given to recognise individuals, groups or organisations that have gone above and beyond to serve the community. We are looking for people who have made an outstanding contribution to life in Kensington and Chelsea. This could be residents running initiatives to improve mental and physical wellbeing, those serving on community forums to strengthen community safety as well as champions of culture and heritage in the borough.
Mayor’s Awards can be awarded for paid or unpaid (voluntary) work. However, if you do nominate someone for paid work or work that forms part of organisation’s regular services, you must demonstrate how they have gone above and beyond what is typically expected from their paid role. Please note: if you submit a nomination for someone which simply describes their job role, the nomination may not be eligible for a Mayor’s Award
The Three Mayor’s Awards Categories
There are three different categories for Mayor’s Awards:
- Individual Contribution
- Young Achiever
- Voluntary and Community Sector Organisation
Who cannot be nominated for a Mayor’s Award?
- An elected RBKC Councillor
- A Council Officer for their work at the Council
- Anyone for services to or for any political party or related organisation.
- A nomination to obtain or reward political favour, or reward or promote political activities.
- Mayor’s Awards cannot be awarded posthumously or to organisations that are no longer in operation.
- An individual/group/organisation cannot win a Mayor’s Award more than once, so please do not make nominations for people or organisations that have previously been given a Mayor’s Award.
How To Support Your Nomination
When you complete the nomination form, you need to explain why you believe the person you are nominating deserves an award, and to provide three to five pieces of supporting evidence from other people.
The form will ask you to explain:
- How you know the person/organisation you are nominating (Up to 100 words)
- What work the nominee has done to deserve a Mayor’s Award (Up to 250 words)
- How has the nominee gone above and beyond to serve the community and make a significant difference to the lives of Kensington and Chelsea residents? (Up to 500 words)
Typically, the supporting evidence will be in written form and will ideally come from a variety of supporters as it is useful to hear from a range of people who have interacted with the nominee, such as service users, local residents, or others who have benefitted from the nominee’s work in the community.
What Happens After A Nomination Is Made
Once you have submitted your nomination form (closing date 5pm, 22 January 2024), the Mayor’s Office will do an initial screening of the nomination. If your nomination does not meet the relevant category criteria, or if the nomination form is not completed fully, your nomination will not be progressed to the panel stage.
The Mayor’s Office will email you within 10 working days of receipt of your nomination submission to advise if your nomination has been accepted and progressed to the panel stage.
Please note that attempts to contact members of the Mayor’s Awards panel regarding a nomination or the decisions of the panel will lead to the nomination in question being withdrawn. The Mayor’s Office can provide guidance on the eligibility of nominations or how to complete the nomination form, however they cannot comment on the merit of individual nominations or discuss decisions made by the panel.
How and When Are The Mayor’s Awards Winners Chosen?
After the closing date for nominations, 5pm on Monday 22 January 2024, , the Mayor’s Awards panel will consider all complete and eligible nominations and decide on the winners for each category. After the panel has reached its decision, and within one month after the closing date, the Mayor’s Office will notify all Mayor’s Awards winners of their success by email. All those who have submitted nominations will also be informed (via email) whether their nomination was successful or not.
Only the names of Mayor’s Awards winners will be made public. Names and information of those who have been unsuccessfully nominated will remain confidential.
Past Mayor’s Awards Winners
If you are interested in knowing who has won the Mayor’s Awards in the past, please click here to see the full list of winners in 2022.
Further Help And Advice
If you require the nomination form in a different format, are experiencing any trouble making your nomination or require further guidance on the eligibility of your proposed nomination, please get in contact with the Mayor’s Office using the contact details below or visit the website for the Mayor’s Awards here.
Mayor’s Office Contact information:
Post: The Mayor’s Office, The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX
Phone: 020 7361 2431 or 07807 159 919