Action Hero A young person who has made a contribution to the community by volunteering
Arts and Culture A young person who has exceeded expectations and accomplished something great in one of the Arts.
Caring Hero A young person who is looking after a member of their family and sacrificed a lot by putting someone else’s needs above their own.
Enterprise Hero A young person who has identified a need and found an enterprising approach to fill it.
Environmental Hero A young person who is contributing to or co-ordinating activity into having a positive impact to the environment, Locally, City Wide or Nationally.
Fundraising Hero A young person who has gone above and beyond to raise money for a good cause.
Learning Hero A young person who has exceeded expectations and achieved success in education, especially by overcoming adversity or challenging circumstances.
Sporting Hero A young person who has exceeded expectations and triumphed in sport, especially by over coming adversity or challenging circumstances.
Super Hero A young Person who has gone above & beyond the call of duty to display an act of courage and bravery or someone who has overcome adversity through illness or disability.
High Sheriffs Award No age limit, Someone who has shown considerable dedication to the service of Young people.
Team Award This is a group or organisation which has shown exceptional team skills and dedication to benefit young people in Bristol
A young person who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to display an act of courage and bravery or someone who has overcome adversity through illness or disability.
A young person who has exceeded expectations, accomplished something great or inspired others through their creativity. Arts & Culture can include music, dance, film, theatre, or written mediums, but also embraces culinary arts, parades, festivals, community events, design and much more.
A young person who is looking after someone who is ill may this be a family member/friend/neighbour or helping them by looking after the other members of their family while they can’t. Taking on lots of responsibility and sacrificing a lot by putting someone else’s needs above their own.
A young person who has identified a need or opportunity and found an enterprising approach to fill it. This young person is resourceful, uses initiative and has the drive to recognise an opportunity and the motivation to make the most it.
A young person who is contributing to or co-ordinating activity designed to have a positive impact on the environment, Locally, city wide or nationally. This may be done through reducing waste, restoring, and improving conservation for wildlife as well educating others on what they can do to protect the environment.
A young person who, through hard work and dedication has undertaken an outstanding challenge to raise money and make a noticeable difference for local communities, charities, and other organisations.
A young person who has exceeded expectations and achieved success, made progress, or is continually developing in their education, especially by overcoming adversity or challenging circumstances.
A young person who has exceeded expectation and triumphed in sport, especially by overcoming adversity or challenging circumstances. They may have performed beyond their years, achieved noticeable success or performed above and beyond expectations, they may have overcome significant obstacles to take part in sport or they may have inspired others with their spirit and dedication.
A young person who has contributed to the community by volunteering their time freely, showing their commitment to a cause and a willingness to go above and beyond to inspire and help others. This could be volunteering with youth groups, community groups, sports groups etc
No age limit, someone who has shown considerable dedication to the service or young people.
This is a group or organisation which has shown exceptional team skills and dedication to benefiting young people in Bristol.
Gemma’s top tips for nominations
Dates to mark in your diaries
Nominations open 1st Feb 2023
Nominee’s reception 16th May 2023
Awards night 7th July 2023
Purposeful Pathways September 2023
How it works
Nominate a young person aged 11-19 with a BS postcode who deserves to be recognised and celebrated. Pick one of our categories and submit one application per young person.
2. Judging Rounds
We have two stages of judging. The first stage is done by the Youth Council where they will choose 3 finalists per category. The second round is done by business representatives in the City who will choose one winner per category.
3. Finalists are announced
Nominators will be contacted to let them know whether their nomination has been successful. All finalists will be announced via our social media.
4. Filming & Headshots
All nominators will be visited by Community of Purpose and a videographer from Studio Duo to tell us why they have nominated their finalists. This video will be shown on the night of the awards. All finalists will be visited by Community of Purpose to have a headshot taken. Three dates will be provided at the time of nomination.
5. Nominees Reception
All finalists and nominators to attend the Nominee’s Reception on Wednesday 17th May 2023. This is an opportunity for the finalists to meet each other, meet the sponsor of their category and to collect their certificate and voucher.
6. Awards night
All finalists will receive 3 tickets including their own to attend the awards night on Friday 7th July 2023. The finalists will choose who they bring on the night of the awards. The night will be where we announce the winners of each category. All finalists will receive a goody bag on the night.
7. Positive Pathways
All finalists will be taken on a journey of self-discovery, increased resilience, confidence, and genuine opportunity. Where they will learn about goal setting, values and purpose and be introduced to mentors to help them with the next stage of their journey. This will begin in September.
Bristol Young Heroes awards is an annual event, so please keep an eye out for when nominations open again. A good way to keep up to date is by signing up to our newsletter below.
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Each nomination is shortlisted and judged on the following criteria:
1. How strongly the nominees’ actions relate to the category they are nominated for
2. Passion & Ability to inspire
3. Clear set of values
4. Commitment to community
5. Selflessness & Acceptance of others
6. Ability to overcome obstacles and adversity
Anyone can nominate a young person for the Bristol Young Heroes Awards, including self-nominations.
There are 9 Award categories that anyone living in a BS Postcode and aged between 11-19 can be nominated for. In addition, there is a Team of Heroes Award, for a team that has supported our young people in Bristol. As well as the high sheriff’s Award for an individual that has shown considerable dedication to the service of Young People
No! If you’ve got a young person in mind then it should only take you 10 minutes to make your nomination.
Our panel of judges will review all nominations and shortlist 3 nominees for each of the categories
Yes! Aside from an invitation to the Awards night (with 2 guests), successful nominees will get access to services like suit hire, hair styling, and a free shopping voucher to get ready for the big night
It’s best to ask former nominees, but they’ve told us it’s life-changing!
Take one former winner in 2019 who is now on the Youth Council for Bristol City Council and obtained work experience with GKN Aerospace!
Watch previous nominees speak about being nominated