Proud of Bucks Awards

We want to celebrate all those who have gone above and beyond during the coronavirus outbreak.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the incredible lengths that people will go to help and support one another.

There have been many heart-warming stories of how people have come together and helped those in most need. We want to honour those people and thank them for the work they have done.

Earlier this year we highlighted some of the great schemes and initiatives going on in Buckinghamshire via our Proud of Bucks campaign. Now we would like to formally recognise these individuals, groups and organisations with our Proud of Bucks Awards.


Eligibility for nomination

Anyone can nominate an individual or group who they believe has gone the extra mile to help local people due the COVID-19 crisis.

Awards will not normally be awarded to:

  • elected councillors of Buckinghamshire Council
  • paid employees of Buckinghamshire Council in respect of their paid council work (including actions which are considered to be "over and above" the course of their duties)
  • anyone who has been paid to carry out the activities for which they are nominated
  • posthumous nominations
  • individuals or organisations who have previously been awarded the Chairman's Award

You may not nominate yourself.


Submitting an entry

You can submit your entry online by completing the Proud of Bucks Awards online form.

Nominations close at midnight on Sunday 27 September 2020.

If you are unable to complete an online form, you can download a printable form to complete or request a paper copy of the form by calling 0300 131 6000.

You can submit as many entries as you like. Ensure that all entry statements are tailored to the person or group you are nominating. All entries must be for COVID-19 related work.

If you need help with submitting your entry, please contact

We will contact successful applicants and nominees using the contact details provided on the submission to inform them if they are selected and the next steps.

Due to the number of anticipated entries we are unable to provide feedback on entries which do not get selected.

Depending on the category, judging panels may include one or more of the following:

  • elected councillors
  • representatives from the voluntary sector
  • Buckinghamshire Business First representatives
  • Community Board Chairpeople

The winners will be announced on our website in November 2020.


Proud of Bucks Awards categories

Select a category below for more information.

This award is for an individual who has gone above and beyond to deliver the highest level of support and assistance within their community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This award is for a young individual who has gone above and beyond to deliver the highest level of support and assistance within their community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This award recognises the outstanding work carried out within Buckinghamshire by voluntary, community and social enterprises who have expanded their work to help communities during lockdown.

Has your neighbour made a difference to your life during the COVID-19 pandemic? This award gives people a chance to say thank you to someone who has gone out of their way to help others.

This award recognises the work of local groups formed in response to lockdown. It also recognises individuals who have volunteered on a local level to provide help and support to those in need.

This award is for childcare, support and teaching staff. Nominations can be made for teachers, school administrators, childcare workers and support workers in education. It recognises their extra efforts to keep students safe, informed, and/or educated during the pandemic.

Those eligible for this award include medical staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives and paramedics.
Social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including admin staff and those who have offered up their time to volunteer or are already volunteers are also eligible.
Support and specialist staff who maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including distributors of medicines, medical and personal protective equipment can be nominated in this category. Nominations can also be made for those who have come out of retirement to offer their service and expertise to the sector.

Entries for this award are for those involved in food and necessities production, food processing and distribution to shops and supermarkets. This can include cashiers, managers, supervisors, store security, cleaners and delivery drivers. The category also includes individuals whose work is essential to the supply of other key goods such as hygiene products and veterinary medicines. It includes those working on the transport systems linking these supply chains.

This award covers a range of roles including: police and support staff; Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel; prison and probation staff and other national security roles. This includes telecommunications roles such as network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services delivering key front-line services. The criteria also cover staff essential to the running of the justice system, those who work in public transport, the management of the deceased, those working in journalism and broadcasting providing public service, staff working in essential financial services including bank or building society and the financial market infrastructure. It also covers those who work in the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors including sewerage and waste disposal, postal services and delivery providers.

This award recognising innovations introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic that have had the greatest impact on people’s lives.

This award is for employers who have shown a proven commitment to a range of policies and practices that have had a positive impact on their employees during lockdown and the ongoing pandemic. This could include the introduction or increased flexibility around home working, protecting the mental health of staff, line manager and peer support and engagement.

Nominate a business you feel has gone above and beyond to help their local community or people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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