The Town Council first introduced the Citizens’ Awards in 2001, as a way of recognising the tremendous work done by the ‘unsung heroes’ of our community.

In 2023 the awards were renamed the Community Heroes Awards and six new award categories were introduced:

⭐️ Neighbour of the Year – Awarded to an individual who has, independently (ie not part of a wider charity organisation) provided exceptional care and support to a Woodley resident or residents within their local community

⭐️ Volunteer of the Year – Awarded to an individual who has, as part of a voluntary or charity organisation, provided exceptional support to the activities of the organisation, making a difference to residents of Woodley

⭐️ Voluntary Group of the Year – Awarded to an organisation that has provided exceptional support and services to Woodley residents

⭐️ Climate Champion of the Year – Awarded to an individual, organisation or group that has made a significant contribution to fighting climate change and / or climate initiatives within the area

⭐️ Young Person of the Year – Awarded to an individual aged 19 or under who, through voluntary activities, has made an exceptional contribution to the Woodley community

⭐️ Mayor’s Outstanding Contribution Award – Awarded by the Mayor to an individual or organisation who they feel have provided an outstanding contribution to the community

Awards are presented by the Town Mayor annually at a Civic Reception, to which the award winners, their family and friends, and the nominators are invited.


The awards are for individuals and organisations whose good works benefit an individual or organisation in Woodley. They can be good neighbours, people or organisations who carry out voluntary work, or those who care for people in our community. Nominees can be any age and there is a youth category for nominees aged 19 or under.

If you know an individual or organisation you think deserves recognition for their work in our town, then please complete and submit our online Community Heroes Awards Nomination Form below. The deadline for nominations for the 2025 Community Heroes Awards is 15 December 2024. Please also read the Community Heroes Awards Guidelines before making your nomination.

If you need any assistance completing this form, or would like a hard copy, then please call 0118 969 0356 or email






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