Community Awards - Nominate your Local Hero/s!

5th January 2016

Eynsford Parish Council is pleased to be participating in the Kent Association for Local Councils Community Awards Scheme again. 

Details of the scheme are set out below. If you would like to nominate an individual or a group, please use the form attached here  and return to the parish office by 21st January at 12 noon. Unfortunately, late nominations will not be considered.  


Supported by the High Sheriff of Kent, Chairman of Kent County Council and Mayor of Medway Council


Aim of the Scheme: To acknowledge and give recognition to those that have made a significant contribution to their local community.

Implementation: This Awards Scheme will be rolled out from October 2015, with a deadline of 29 January 2016 so that the presentation of the second year awards can take place at Parish and Town Council Annual Meetings (March and May 2016). The Awards Scheme is voluntary to recognise that some Parish and Town Councils already have well-established Community Awards Schemes in place and others may decide not to have an Awards Scheme in their area. In those instances where the Parish or Town Council already has an established Award Scheme in place, the KALC Scheme could be presented as an additional award.

It is recognised that some principal authorities have their own Awards Scheme for their area. The KALC Awards Scheme will operate on a more local level and should therefore avoid duplication or overlap with the principal authority.

Who can be nominated for an Award?

Anyone that the Parish/Town Council/public think merits an Award for having made a significant contribution to their local community. The person/group must live or work within the Parish/Town Council boundary.

What is the nomination process?

The Parish/Town Council would make their own decision as to how they want to identify those that have made a significant contribution to the local community. For example, the Parish/Town Council might already know who that person might be or they might decide to formally invite nominations from their local community with the winner being the one with the most nominations.

What is the criteria for making an Award?

There will be no pre-determined criteria on what a "significant contribution to the local community" might be. These criteria would be determined by the Parish/Town Council taking into account what was important to them locally. These could include: 

  • a)Long and sustained service to the community or part of it;
  • b)Achievements or actions of an inspiring nature to the local community;
  • c)Such other activities which have reflected credit on or brought benefits to the village/town or its people.

What does the winner receive?

This will be a Certificate signed by the KALC Chairman and the High Sheriff of Kent. The Parish/Town Council will provide no more than (30) words that they would like inserted on the Certificate to explain the reason for the Award. 

Who presents the Award?

The Award should be presented by the Parish/Town Council Chairman/Mayor at their Annual Meeting. The KALC Chairman, High Sheriff of Kent, Chairman of Kent County Council and Mayor of Medway Council could also participate in the presentation of the Awards if they are available and are invited by the Parish/Town Council. The Awards would provide an opportunity to promote the Parish/Town Council and the Award winner in the local media.

Is there any funding available to support the Award?

The Award Scheme has been designed to avoid creating undue time or financial burdens on the Parish/Town Council. The cost of the Certificates and frames will be met by Kent County Council.

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