Latest Our news Nominate your 2020 Southwark Stars! We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting our annual Southwark Stars once again this November. The event recognises outstanding volunteers, community groups and local people and given this past year with COVID-19 there is lot to thank and recognise. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, we will be holding our Southwark Starts Award event online, on Friday 20 November, from 6.00pm to 7.30pm. Southwark Stars gives us the opportunity to celebrate those who take the time to volunteer to support others, thus helping to make Southwark a better place. Since the outbreak of COVID 19 and lockdown in place we have seen huge numbers of volunteers coming together to help those in need in all different ways across the borough and we want to use this evening to say THANK YOU. This event will be a chance to showcase your incredible stories, photos and videos and a chance to nominate volunteers in 6 different special categories. Nominating for Special award categories These celebrate outstanding contributions from volunteers and examples of good practice across the voluntary and community sector as a whole. Of course we would love to give awards to every single one of you, as everything you do is fantastic, so don’t forget to send your photos, videos and stories so we can showcase them on the night (see below for details). The award categories are: Community Group of the Year (You do not need to be registered or have constitution) Outstanding Contribution to Health and Wellbeing Keib Thomas Active Citizen of the year Young Volunteer of the Year Older volunteer of the year Disabled Volunteer of the Year You can nominate by using our simple online application form for these six individual categories and find out about the eligibility criteria below. Organisations can nominate themselves for these awards as well as their volunteers, but for no more than two categories. Nominations are also open to the general public and people who use the services of community groups. How to nominate Please fill in this simple nomination form bit.ly/StarNominations Click here to see special award categories and key criteria - view document If you do not have access to the internet and cannot nominate through our online form, then please call: 020 7358 7016 Application deadline The closing date for all nominations is Tuesday 13 October (we've extended this from 5 October), after which applications will be shortlisted by a panel. All you need to do is fill out the online nomination form - bit.ly/StarNominations If you have any issues, please do contact us on [email protected] Videos, photos and stories As this year’s Southwark Stars are online and condensed to 1 hour 30 minutes, we really want it to be an opportunity to show videos, photos and share the incredible stories you have! As well as the nominations we really would love to show your stories, videos and photos about your volunteers, your organisation or anything inspiring that you would like for us to play. What to send us PhotosPlease send photos of your volunteers, community group or individuals (get permission first). These photos need to be good quality (at least 72 dpi), in a JPEG or PNG format. Videos Please send; any videos you have over the past year, any videos you already have used on your website or social media channels, a new video highlighting the work you do or an inspiring story! Please only send MP4 or MOV file types. StoryPlease send any good stories that highlights the incredible work that your volunteers/volunteer, individual or community group have done. Throw a party for the online Southwark Stars, have a group watch it at your organisation! It would be great for all your beneficiaries and volunteers to watch and be a part of the online Southwark Stars altogether at your organisation (under COVID19 rules) You could have a screening with food and refreshments and make it a lovely celebratory event. If you want any tips or ideas, then please do give us shout! Any queries? If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email [email protected] or call 0207 358 7020.