Our categories for the 2021 Community Transport Awards
by Bill Freeman
We’re excited to announce the categories for this year’s Community Transport Awards! The awards are taking place online on Thursday 18 November and are a fantastic opportunity to come together as a sector and celebrate the incredible work our members have done over the last year. 2020 was a difficult one for everyone in the community transport sector, but time and again we’ve seen our members adapting and innovating to support the people in their communities who need them the most.
The 2021 Community Transport Awards will recognise examples of excellence from across the sector in the following categories:
Community Transport Provider of the Year
This category is for an organisation who has gone above and beyond to support their communities over the last year. Our judges will be looking at how this organisation has responded to the coronavirus pandemic and how they’ve adapted and diversified their services to meet the needs of the people that rely on them.
Partnership of the Year
This category is for two or more organisations who have worked in partnership for the benefit of their communities over the last year. Our judges will be looking at how these organisations have worked together to identify and solve a problem, using their different skillsets to reach their communities where they wouldn’t have been able to do so individually.
Volunteer of the Year
This category will recognise an exceptional community transport volunteer. Our judges will be looking at how this individual has gone above and beyond over the last year, showing commitment to their organisation and acting as a fantastic example to others.
Keeping in Touch
This category is an award for an organisation, or an individual, who has looked for new ways to keep in touch with passengers during the coronavirus pandemic. Our judges will be looking for examples of new, innovative and effective ways that the entrant has kept passengers’ spirits up and connected them to their communities during lockdown.
Commitment to Sustainability
This category recognises the community transport sector’s commitment to sustainability and will be awarded to an organisation who can show this commitment across their work. Our judges will be looking at how entrants have taken innovative approaches to sustainability, demonstratingthat they’re future-focused and climate-aware, even if the results have not yet fully materialized.
Volunteer Car Scheme of the Year
This category recognises a volunteer car scheme who has had a hugely positive impact on their community during the coronavirus pandemic. Our judges will be looking for an organisation who has adapted their work and services to make sure they are still able to meet the needs of passengers in their community.
Community Transport Champion
This category recognises a public figure, an organisation or another body who has championed and supported the work of the community transport sector over the last year. This could be a politician, local community leader, funder or business person; our judges will be looking for someone who has supported and raised the profile of community transport either locally or nationally.
This award is for a photograph that captures the essence of community transport’s response to the coronavirus pandemic – showing the hard work, dedication, passion and innovation of our sector in responding to this crisis. This award will be open to a public vote.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The lifetime achievement award recognizes an individual who has had a deep and active involvement within the community transport sector over a number of years. Our judges will be looking for someone who has been a passionate advocate of the sector, supporting it both as part of their organisation and also as a leader more widely.
We’ll be opening nominations and bookings for the awards in May, so start thinking about whether you or anyone you know could be nominated! We love to shout from the rooftops about how incredible the work of our sector has been, but we need your help to share your stories and put yourself or others forward for an award. When we open nominations we’ll be sharing resources taking a more in-depth look at the criteria for each award and looking at how to prepare a good nomination. In the meantime, if you have any questions you can get in touch with the team via email@example.com – we can’t wait to celebrate the incredible work of our sector with you in November.
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