Make a Mayor’s Award nomination

How to make a nomination

Mayor’s Awards are given to recognise those who have made a significant difference to the lives of RBKC residents, and who have gone over and above in their work, paid or voluntary, to serve the community.

Nominations are now open and will close at 23.59 on Sunday 31 January 2021.

Please read all the guidance provided below before completing the nomination form. If you have any questions or would like further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Mayor’s Office using the contact information provided at the bottom of this page.

Who can be nominated for a Mayor’s Award?There are four different categories of Mayor’s Awards (listed below). You must indicate on the nomination form which category you are making a nomination to.

If you would like further guidance on whether or not your nomination is eligible for a Mayor’s Award, or what category the nomination should be made to, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the Mayor’s Office team using the contact information provided at the bottom of this page.

Individual Contribution

The person you are nominating must:

  • Be alive (Mayor’s Awards cannot be award posthumously).
  • Be aged over 18 years old (or over 25 years old if they have a disability) as of 31 January 2021.
  • Live, work or volunteer in the borough.
  • Not have won a Mayor’s Award before.
  • Take part in work (paid or voluntary) that makes a significant difference to the lives of residents of RBKC. You must be able to demonstrate how they have gone above and beyond to serve the community.

Coronavirus Response

The person you are nominating must:

  • Be alive (Mayor’s Awards cannot be award posthumously).
  • Be aged over 18 years old (or over 25 years old if they have a disability) as of 31 January 2021.
  • Live, work or volunteer in the borough.
  • Not have won a Mayor’s Award before.
  • Have taken part in work (paid or voluntary) that significantly benefitted the welfare of RBKC residents during the Coronavirus pandemic, or significantly contributed to the borough’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic. You must be able to demonstrate how they have gone above and beyond to serve the community during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Young Person

The person you are nominating must:

  • Be alive (Mayor’s Awards cannot be award posthumously).
  • Be aged under 18 years old (or under 25 years old if they have a disability) as of 31 January 2021.
  • Live, work or volunteer in the borough.
  • Not have won a Mayor’s Award before.
  • Take part in work (paid or voluntary) that makes a significant difference to the lives of residents of RBKC. You must be able to demonstrate how they have gone above and beyond to serve the community.

Local Community Organisation

The Local Community Group Mayor’s Award is to recognise a group of people working for the same organisation. The Award goes to recognise all who work or volunteer for the organisation, although you may name individuals in your supporting statements and an individual contact from the organisation is needed on the nomination form.

The organisation you are nominating must:

  • Be in operation currently.
  • Be based or operate within the borough.
  • Not have won a Mayor’s Award before – please note, this includes where an individual has previously won a Mayor’s Award for their work relating to the nominated organisation.
  • Carry out work (paid or voluntary) that makes a significant difference to the lives of residents of RBKC. You must be able to demonstrate how the organisation goes above and beyond to serve the community.

Supporting evidence for your nominationWhen you complete the nomination form, you need to explain why you believe the person you are nominating deserves an award, and to provide three to five pieces supporting evidence from other people.

Your statement of why you believe the person you are nominating deserves an award should:

  • Explain how you know the person you are nominating.
  • Include information of the work they have done to deserve a Mayor’s Award.
  • Say how long they have been doing this work.
  • Explain how they have gone above and beyond to serve the community.
  • Explain how their work makes a significant different to the lives of RBKC residents.
  • Provide as much information as possible, aim to write at least half a page (250 words).

Supporting evidence for your nomination should:

  • Describe in detail why the nominated person deserves a Mayor’s Award, each supporter should aim to write at least half a page (250 words).
  • Outline what relation they are to the nominated person, for example: how do they know the nominated person, how long have they known them.
  • Provide information of the work they have done to deserve a Mayor’s Award.
  • Ideally come from a variety of supporters. It is useful to hear from a range of people who have interacted with the nominated person, from colleagues to service users or those who have benefitted from their work.
  • Show the name of the supporter, so that we can contact them if we need to.

What happens after your nomination is submitted?Once you have submitted your nomination form, the Mayor’s Office will do an initial screening of the nomination. If your nomination does not meet the relevant category criteria, or if the nomination form is not completed fully, your nomination will not be progressed to the panel stage.

No longer than 10 working days following your nomination submission, the Mayor’s Office will email you to let you know if your nomination has been accepted and progressed to the panel stage. If your nomination has not been accepted, they will indicate that the criteria has not been met or that the nomination form was not fully completed. You may resubmit your nomination any time up until the closing date of 31 January 2021.

For this reason, we recommend you submit your nomination form as early as possible so that the Mayor’s Office can contact you before the closing date if there is a problem with your nomination.

After the closing date for nominations, the Mayor’s Awards panel will meet to discuss nominations.

The Mayor’s Awards panel is made up of the following representatives:

  • Councillor Gerard Hargreaves, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Councillor Elizabeth Campbell, Leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council
  • Councillor Pat Mason, Leader of the Labour Group at Kensington and Chelsea Council
  • Michael Ashe, CEO of Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea
  • Angela Spence, CEO of Kensington and Chelsea Social Council
  • Imaan Abdi, Youth Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The panel will consider all complete and eligible nominations and decide on the winners for each category. After the panel has reached its decision, and within one month after the closing date, the Mayor’s Office will notify all Mayor’s Awards winners of their success by email. All those who have submitted nominations will also be informed whether their nomination was successful or not by email.

Nominations submitted after the closing date will not be accepted.

The Mayor’s Awards panel’s decision is final and cannot be discussed.

Attempts to contact members of the Mayor’s Awards panel relating to a nomination or the decisions of the panel will lead to the nomination in question being withdrawn.

The Mayor’s Office can provide guidance on the eligibility of nominations or how to complete the nomination form, however they cannot comment on the merit of individual nominations or discuss decision made by the panel.

Nominations and all information submitted on the nomination form is treated confidentially and only shared securely with the members of the panel. While the panel will know the names of nominees, nominators and nomination supporters, all contact information will be redacted.
Only the names of Mayor’s Awards winners will be made public, names and information about those who have been nominated unsuccessfully will remain confidential.

Along with the names of Mayor’s Awards winners, information provided in questions 5 and 6 of the Mayor’s Award Nomination Form may be referred to or briefly quoted in Council publications or communications.

Contact the Mayor’s Office for more help

Mayor’s Office Contact information

Email: mayorsawards@rbkc.gov.uk

Phone: 07966 998227 or 07790 824123