Every year the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire invites nominations for approximately 20 High Sheriff Awards in recognition of individuals in Oxfordshire who have made outstanding contributions to the communities in which they live and work. Nominees will usually have had a high impact on the lives of others over a sustained period of time and will be recognised by other people working in the nominee’s area as inspirational and as setting an example for others to follow.
The High Sheriff Awards will not normally be made to people whose work and commitment has already been recognised by the award of a National Honour or by bodies such as the Police, the Fire and Rescue Service and Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action.
Nominations can be made by anyone who lives or works in Oxfordshire or who is representing an organisation in the public, voluntary and charitable or private sectors. All nominations will be treated in the strictest confidence and nominees should not be informed that they have been nominated as it can be very disappointing to raise expectations that are then not met.
The nomination process
All nominations should be made on the form that has been prepared for this purpose, and should include the contact details of the nominee as well as the nominator together with a brief summary (400 words max) of the reasons why the nominee merits a High Sheriff’s Award. A copy of the nomination form can be found here.
The deadline for nominations is Thursday 10th January 2019. Successful nominees will be contacted in early February and the High Sheriff Awards will be conferred at a ceremony in central Oxford on a date to be confirmed, to which nominators, families and friends will also be invited.
Contributions to community life
Nominations will be welcome for people who have made outstanding contributions to any aspect of community life, but in the current year nominations in the following areas will be particularly welcome from individuals who are, or have been, involved in:
- Coaching or volunteering in youth sport and youth leadership organisations
- Youth projects associated with the arts and education
- Mental health work in the community
- Communication initiatives in communities.
Nominations should arrive with the High Sheriff before Thursday 11th January 2019 and sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to: The High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, c/o VSL & Partners, 22 Bankside, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 1JE.