NOMINATIONS CLOSE ON FRIDAY 17TH APRIL 2020
The 15th Best of Darlington Awards will take place on Friday 12th June at the Dolphin Centre. As Darlington celebrates athletes, students, caring and successful businesses, local community groups, and the determination and commitment of the towns volunteers.
Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their achievements, enthusiasm or commitment. All 15 award categories are detailed below.
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Find the nomination form here
The judges are looking to recognise those business minded individuals or groups who demonstrate a true passion for building something great from nothing and are willing to push themselves to the limits to achieve big goals. This could be creativity/innovation demonstrated in a new business product or service or innovation in an existing business.
The judges will award this to a business whose extraordinary achievement has been recognised on the regional, national or international stage, adding to Darlington’s reputation. This might be in an innovation or reputation in business, public service, academia or the arts that has put Darlington on the map.
This award recognises business with a passion and commitment to giving something back. Whether it’s helping a voluntary or community organisation, fundraising for a good cause or donating time and resources to local communities.
This award will be given to an individual or group who has made a major contribution to the arts in Darlington either by the excellence of their own performance, commitment to organising activities or by being role models to others in their attitude to the arts.
The judges are looking for an individual or individuals who have gone far above and beyond their duty, either as a one off exceptional incident or consistently in their line of work. Anyone working in a public service role can be nominated for this award.
The judges are looking for an individual (of any age) who has engaged in vocational learning such as a course or apprenticeship that has specialised in a particular trade or discipline and whose achievement has been outstanding.
The award will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement that deserves wider recognition.
The judges will award this to a student who doesn’t fall into either previous categories but who deserves recognition for the extraordinary effort they have made or for remaining committed to their learning in the face of adversity.
This award will be presented to an individual or group that the judges see have excelled in their chosen sport.
The judges are looking for groups or individuals who have made a major contribution to sport in Darlington through commitment to organising activities, volunteering or by being role models to others in their attitude to sport.
This category recognises teams in Darlington which have provided care in a way that has made a real difference to your life or someone you care for and the people of Darlington. It might well be a team whose work doesn’t normally have a high profile but who should be recognised for the great care they provide.
The judges are looking for an individual, community group or a business that is having a positive impact on the environment through projects or particular initiatives – e.g. improving wildlife habitats, reducing carbon footprint or improving open spaces.
The judges award this to an individual or group who has shown outstanding commitment in their voluntary field without expectation of reward or recognition. This might be the length of time someone has volunteered, the breadth of responsibility that they have taken or the sacrifice they made in order to volunteer.
The judges will award this to a young person (under the age of 18) or group of young people who have shown outstanding commitment in their voluntary field without expectation of reward or recognition. This might be the length of time someone has volunteered, the breadth of responsibility that they have taken or the sacrifice they made in order to volunteer.
The judges are looking for an individual or group who are involved in activities aimed at improving where they live.
Darlington Cares is an organization which brings together local employers and aligns their energies in supporting the community and is making a truly astonishing contribution to life in Darlington. Last year alone combined, the companies delivered 15,500 hours of volunteering and has pledged more than that this year. Darlington Cares currently has 29 member organisations and has big plans for the future.