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Voluntary Action Sheffield are delighted to announce the return of our Sheffield Community Awards in November 2023.

The awards recognise and celebrate the work of local communities; the volunteers, the groups, the charities, faith and voluntary organisations making a huge contribution to Sheffield people and communities.

The prestigious ceremony, held at The Octagon in November 2018, was well-attended with over 350 representatives from the charitable, public and private sectors, local businesses and government. 120 nominations were received across seven categories and the evening was buzzing with excitement and inspiration.

2023 Award Categories

The Sheffield Community Awards 2023, opened on September 12th 2023 and closed on October 8th 2023, celebrating the collective spirit, outstanding achievements, and unwavering resilience that define Sheffield’s community. We want to spotlight the extraordinary individuals and organisations that make Sheffield a remarkable place to live, work, volunteer, and thrive. The 2023 award categories celebrate excellence in diverse fields and recognise individuals, organisations, and community groups that have made outstanding contributions in their respective areas. 

Our judging criteria have considered achievements, performance, impact, and potential, ensuring that the most deserving nominees are recognised.

The winners will be celebrated at a grand event on November 2nd, 2023, at Cutlers’ Hall, providing a platform for networking and celebration. 

We invite all individuals, organisations, and community groups making a difference in their respective fields to apply for the 2023 awards and participate in this grand celebration of excellence.

Join us in honouring those who truly make Sheffield shine.

Employment & Skills Award

The Employment and Skills Award recognises organisations, groups or individuals who have helped others realise their potential/progression from learning, confidence, skills and/or employment.

An organisation, group, or individual

The judges seek organisations, groups, individuals or initiatives that have played a pivotal role in facilitating personal growth and progress. The judges are looking for those dedicated to empowering others through education, confidence-building, skill development, or employment opportunities. This award celebrates champions of potential, highlighting their transformative impact on lives and communities.

Open for Sponsorship

Health & Wellbeing Award

The Health and Wellbeing Award recognises organisations, groups or individuals working to help people stay safe and keep well; organisation developing and employing effective strategies to motivate and encourage healthy lifestyle change. 

An organisation, group or individual

The judges seek organisations, groups, individuals or initiatives committed to putting people at the centre. Judges look for those employing effective strategies to inspire and facilitate healthy lifestyle changes, demonstrating a strong commitment to enhancing people’s physical and mental well-being while fostering sustainable practices.

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Partnership Award

The Partnership Award honours organisations, groups or individuals who have worked to build bridges, bring people and communities together, working constructively and positively with other organisations to make a difference for local people. 

An organisation, group or individual

The judges seek organisations, groups, individuals, or initiatives demonstrating collaborative excellence. Judges look for those who have effectively built bridges and united communities by working constructively with others, organisations or networks. Judges look for impactful partnerships that have made a tangible and positive difference in the lives of local people, fostering unity and positive change.

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Bringing People Together Award

The Bringing People Together Award recognises an organisation or community group who’ve done some positive work on bringing people of different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences together with a focus on equality and inclusion. 

An organisation, group or individual

The judges seek nominees who have demonstrated exceptional dedication in uniting individuals from various backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. The judges will also look for initiatives that actively promote equality, inclusion and belonging, focusing on fostering understanding, empathy, and collaboration.

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Great & Green Award

The Great and Green Award honours a group who have championed a connection to nature, caring for the local environment or a green space, and/or raising the profile of environmental issues. 

An organisation, group or individual

     The judges seek nominees who have passionately connected with nature, actively cared for their local environment or green spaces, and effectively raised awareness about environmental issues. They will also be looking at impact, community engagement and sustainability.


Open for Sponsorship

Volunteering Award

This award recognises the exceptional contributions of individual volunteers who, through their selfless dedication and unwavering commitment, make a profound and positive impact on our community.

The award is to recognise the contribution of individual volunteers. 

The judges are seeking individuals who stand out as beacons of volunteerism, embodying the spirit of selflessness and community service.

Open for Sponsorship

See The Shortlist

🌟 Celebrating Excellence in Sheffield: The Shortlist
Unveiled! 🌟

The moment you’ve all been waiting for has arrived! It’s time to reveal the exceptional individuals and organisations shortlisted for the prestigious Sheffield Awards 2023. We were overwhelmed by the incredible nominations that poured in – 396 in total -and now it’s time to spotlight those who truly excelled.

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Key dates 

Applications open

Tuesday, 12th September 2023

Applications close

Sunday, 8th October 2023

Shortlist announced

Monday, 16th October 2023

Awards ceremony

Thursday, 2nd November 2023

Honouring the hearts of our city

The Sheffield Community Awards 2023 celebrate the collective spirit, outstanding achievements, and unwavering resilience that define Sheffield’s community.

Event sponsors

Sponsorship opportunities

Interested in sponsoring the awards? We have various sponsorship packages available. Please get in touch for our Sponsorship Packages Brochure. 

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