Platform Community Heroes - There’s still time to nominate your Hero!

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Do you know an unsung Platform Community Hero who deserves recognition for what they do? The closing date for nominations is 16th Jan!


Our Community Hero Awards recognise Platform customers who make a real difference, whether as an individual or as part of a community group.

How do I nominate a Community Hero?

If you know a local hero, we’d love to hear from you.

Simply choose one of the award categories listed below for your local hero and complete the online nomination form, which can be found in the next drop-down section - Nominate your Community Hero now!

  • Communities Together Award - Someone who brings people together and makes everyone feel included.

  • Customer Involvement Award - Someone in a registered role with Platform helping to improve services.

  • Digital Award - Someone who has developed their own skills, helped others or used digital to make a difference.

  • Environmental Award - Someone who is doing their bit to help wildlife, tackle climate change or making improvements to the living environment around them.

  • Going the Extra Mile Award – Someone who goes above and beyond to help others.

  • Young Person Award - A young person (up to 18) who is already making a difference to others, whether through volunteering, caring or helping others in any other way.

Whilst we would prefer your local hero to be a Platform customer, we will consider nominations for a Platform volunteer, who is not a customer or for groups which include Platform customers, as long as what they do benefits people in our communities.

And finally, you will need to check that the person you would like to nominate is happy for you to go ahead, as we will want to share their story.

What happens if you want to recognise the person or group that I nominate?

We’ll let you know and also contact the person or group. We’ll ask them to share their story and take an associated image for publicity.

Who decides on the Award winners?

A panel of judges will initially choose a shortlist. Final winners for each of the Award categories listed will be selected from the initial shortlist.

All Award winners will receive a trophy and voucher.

Nominate your Community Hero NOW!

Our 2022 Community Heroes Award Winners




We had so many nominations this year, especially in the last 12 months which have been particularly tough for so many. You can find out more about this year's winners below. Click on their image to watch a video of them getting their trophy!

Communities Together

This award is for bringing communities together, ensuring no-one is excluded.

Roxy Leonard Nothing brings a community together better than food, and this year's winner Roxy Leonard has been feeding people in her local area for years!

From volunteering to run free food shops, cooking meals for families over winter to distributing meat on Christmas eve, she's brought people together like no one else. Most recently she's taken on a local breakfast club when the nearby church were unable to carry it on.

Watch Roxy receive her award by clicking here.



Digital Award

The Digital Award is all about someone going that extra mile in helping themselves or others improve theiLiz Jaunceyr digital skills.

This year’s winner Liz Jauncey started out when she found her interest in family history was a great way to connect with residents at her supported living scheme. Showing the residents their family past and helping them explore their family tree provided great comforts over a very tough time. In the process, she's helped develop their IT skills and made some fascinating discoveries about the place she volunteers in.

Watch Liz receive her award by clicking here.


Outstanding Contribution to Customer Involvement

Jon Piggott This award which recognises Outstanding Contribution to Customer Involvement, awarded for commitment as involved Platform customers to improving services.

Our winner of this award, Jon Piggott, dedicates almost all of his spare time to just this. His mission has seen him sit on various panels and lead various groups in making sure everyone's voice is heard.

He continues to stack up achievements and what's best of all, his motivation for doing so comes purely from the desire to give something back to those who helped him when he needed it most.

Watch Jon receive his award by clicking here.



Positive Changes

This award is for making Positive Changes and taking big steps to improve lives. Paul Barber

Our winner, Paul Barber, is someone who showed spirit and depermination make changes to his and more importantly others lives, despite a lot of things going against him.

A back problem means he was on crutches for our Communities Week BE ACTIVE project, but that didn't stop him covering over 3 miles a day to get involved. His volunteer work has a massive impact on his community.

Watch Paul receive his award by clicking here.



Outstanding Platform Volunteer

Liz PetticanThis award is to honor our Outstanding Platform Volunteer.

When the project you're passionate about involves being outside in all weathers, it takes a certain type of dedication to stick to the cause.

This year’s winner, Liz Pettican, volunteers her time and effort into making her local community garden the best it can be - because she knows how much good it does for her local community to have something like that on their doorstep.

Watch Liz receive her award by clicking here.


Environmental Award

Our Environmental award is for improving the world around us. Melvin Mundon

This year’s winner, Melvin Mundon, has thrown himself into volunteering at his community centre and when he discovered the garden project, he found his happy place.

He spends hours each week renovating and improving the space so others can enjoy it. What is there now is a flourishing garden, complete with plants, benches and wildlife. Coming from an environment of social isolation was hard at first, but through his new found love for the garden, his confidence has grown. He takes pride in his work and revels in the enjoyment others get from it.

Watch Melvin receive his award by clicking here.

Going the Extra Mile in Exceptional Times

Claire Hardcastle This award is for someone who's really risen to the challenge to help others.

Our winner, Claire Hardcastle, is a working mum, volunteer at the local community cafe and coach of two girls football teams.

But it's her work with young women, empowering them to stay fit and achieve things that she is most proud of.

Watch Claire receive her award by clicking here.


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