Excellence in Community Engagement Award
Having a positive relationship with an organisation’s community, be it business or societal is generally part of most organisations’ strategy. These relationships can be dynamic and facilitate communication, interaction, involvement and exchanges between the organisation and its community. There will be a range of social and organisational outcomes.
This award provides an ideal opportunity to show others what you have achieved in the relationship you have with your community, however that community is defined. You may have developed a unique approach which you are keen to shout about and would be worthy of recognition.
Who should apply?
This award welcomes entries from organisations that can demonstrate an effective relationship with its defined community supported by positive results. That community may be societal or business.
How to apply?
Entry is simple – by completion of an online application form and submission of supporting evidence.
The judges will be keen to see examples of successful community relationships which can clearly demonstrate the added value for the organisation itself and its community. A clear definition of ‘community’ will be helpful. Relevant positive results should support the application.
PLEASE NOTE: Gold and Gold Plus members are entitled to 1 free entry to either Excellence in Awards or the Lean Six Sigma Academy Award. Silver members are entitled to a half price entry to either Excellence in Awards or the Lean Six Sigma Academy Award.
Head of Performance and Planning at The National Lottery Community Fund
“Having spent the last 15 years at the Community Fund; supporting and engaging communities sits at the heart of the work that we do. Our purpose is to help communities thrive and we do this by putting people in the lead.
My own role at the Community Fund is focused on ensuring that we continue to perform at a high level so that we can extract the maximum value from every pound that we spend helping communities across the UK to achieve their ambitions.
My experience is centred around strategy development and execution, project and change management, and driving organisational excellence through Improvement programmes.
I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to use this experience to support others in their efforts to maximise their ability to improve community engagement in their own organisations.
I’m passionate about striving for business excellence and so the opportunity to support others to do so as an awards juror is a real privilege.”
Head of Corporate Partnerships at Community Integrated Care
“I joined Community Integrated Care, one of the UK’s largest Social Care charities, in 2019 to help set up a national network of Age Exchange community hubs that provide an innovative new model for dementia care whilst reducing social isolation. I am currently working closely with dementia stakeholders and the communities they support in Kent, Yorkshire and on Merseyside.
For over 20 years, I’ve held a range of Board level positions for leading private and not-for-profit organisations. At Blue Arrow, I launched an award-winning diversity and CSR programme that helped engage a network of 400 branches with their local communities whilst delivering a strong competitive edge.
At home, in East Sussex, I am an enthusiastic advocate of our local community supporting various charitable and sporting endeavours and enjoying time as Chair of school governors.
I have long been a fan of the BQF and the remarkable work it does to promote excellence and drive performance across the UK. The Awards are a fantastic showcase for the innovation and good practice that underpins these aims and it’s an honour to support this process as a BQF panel judge.”
Restorative Justice Practitioner/Manager for the London Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)
“I currently work as a Restorative Justice Practitioner/Manager for the London Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC). This role involves working with those who have caused harm and those who have been harmed, bringing them into communication, if it is safe to do so, to collectively identify how the harm may be repaired. An important part of the role is working within and with the communities in which harmers and the harmed live to help them to re-integrate positive. In addition, I am a restorative practice trainer.
I have extensive history of community work as a mentor, leading on and/or supporting community projects such as youth crime, obesity and mediation. I am currently developing a borough project focused on restorative practice.
I am also a freelance assessor with the British Quality Foundation. I have undertaken numerous assessments across a range of sectors in UK and a Dubai government department.
My work background is mainly within the probation service and briefly with the NHS. In the probation service, I am specialised in quality, complaints management and mediation and now restorative practice.”
Can I nominate more than one person for this award?
Yes, you can enter as many individuals as you like for this Leadership Award.
Can I nominate myself for this award?
Individuals cannot apply themselves but should be nominated by a reporting line manager/Head of/Director or previous employer. The nomination should be endorsed by an additional peer, stakeholder or client.
When is entry deadline?
Entry deadlines for the Innovation, Lean Six Sigma and Leadership awards are all on the 31st of October.