Mayor’s awards for Voluntary Contributions 2022 - new category for anyone involved in the arts

Nominate volunteers who have helped the community for a Lewisham Mayor’s Award. Deadline for nominations Sunday 12 December 2021

The Mayor’s Award scheme was launched in 2017 to recognise the incredible efforts of volunteers who live, work or study in Lewisham and willingly donate their time and energy to support others in our borough.

It has been a tough year for many as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt across the borough. So, we are extremely grateful to the many volunteers who have continued their amazing work in supporting their communities. These awards give us a chance to recognise all our local heroes.

People have contributed in so many ways including:

  • Formal volunteering
  • Helping a neighbour
  • Running a local support group
  • Donating money and food
  • Businesses redirecting services and goods.
  • Going over and above in their jobs.

Nominate someone you know that has made a difference this year for the Mayor’s Award.

Nominations will close Sunday 12th December 2021

Award categories

The categories for the awards are:

  • Individual e.g. a neighbour helping a neighbour or volunteering through a local mutual aid group or going over and above in their job.
  • Young person (for people aged 21 and under) e.g. a young person helping an older person, supporting food distribution.
  • Business e.g. giving free food to food banks or making the business more community focused.
  • Community group or voluntary organisation e.g. adapting or setting up new activities in response to the circumstances. 

New category for 2022

  • Creative Contribution / Arts Champion. Leading up to our London Borough of Culture year in 2022, we would love to have nominations for anyone involved in the arts. e.g running a drumming circle, or a knitting group, teaching cooking classes, or reading stories to people.

Please bear in mind this is not an exhaustive list of examples.


Process & recognition

After the success of last year’s ceremony, we will again be making short films to show online.

We will contact nominees who make shortlist status to film as part of our awards process.

The videos will be shown at a special week of thanks during March 2022.


Who you can nominate

  • You can nominate any individuals, young person (aged 21 and under), community group or voluntary organisation, or business.
  •  You can make more than one nomination e.g. for more than one individual or a young person and a business.
  • Previous nominees from past year’s Mayor’s Awards can be nominated again.

Who you can’t nominate

  • Yourself
  • Elected Lewisham Councillors
  • You can’t make a nomination to obtain or reward political favour, or reward or promote political activities.


How to nominate