The Glasgow Times Community Champion Awards 2023 will take place on Tuesday, December 5 at Glasgow City Chambers.

The evening includes the official event programme, entertainment and the awards presentation, as well as the opportunity to network with other attendees.


Tuesday, December 5


To be announced

2023 Approach

This year’s event will follow the same format as 2022. Members of the public will be able to vote for their local community champions. See below timeline and format.


Team Award

This award will be presented to a team or group of volunteers who make a difference to their community by improving amenities or raising the quality of life for residents. This category is open to charities or voluntary organisations who, for example, may be involved in fundraising for better facilities or organising community events. We are looking for evidence of how this work has made the community a better or safer place to live.

Individual Award

This award will be presented to someone who, by giving up their free time, has made a significant contribution to other people’s lives or to their community. For example, this individual may run a local club, campaign for better services for their area, tackle environmental issues or clean up their communities. We want to hear inspirational stories.

Public Service Award

This award recognises a public service team or individual making an outstanding contribution to the community in which they work. We want to hear about people who have gone above and beyond to provide a vital service for people in the local area.

Uniformed Services Award

This category will recognise an extraordinary team or individual from the uniformed services. It could be a person you turn to in times of crisis or a team who is responsible for keeping your community safe. They may have gone above and beyond the call of duty or make an outstanding contribution to help those they serve.

Senior Award: For individuals or teams aged 60 and over

We are looking for a local hero or team from the 60 and over age group who, after many years of hard work, continue to devote much of their time to helping other individuals or groups in their community. We want to hear about and reward the work of those special older citizens.

Young Award: For individuals or teams aged 17 and under

This will reward a group of young people or an individual aged 17 or under. They may have made a difference to their community or have inspired others through their achievements. This could be through fundraising, campaigning on issues which are important to young people or helping others less fortunate.

Health and Wellbeing Award

This award will recognise groups or projects which promote the improvement of health and wellbeing within their communities. It could be an initiative which promotes healthy lifestyles or provides support to help people stop smoking. It may be a project which offers advice, counselling and support for those with health issues. The category is open to all charities or voluntary organisations, community groups and individuals.

Sports Award

This category has been introduced to recognise those working at grass roots level to encourage participation in sport and improve the fitness of Glasgow’s citizens. It could be a club which promotes sporting, social and recreational opportunities. Or it may be an outstanding coach who inspires people in the community to be more active. The category is open to all charity, voluntary or public organisations, community groups, and individuals.

School of the Year Award

This category was introduced last year. It will be awarded to a school – nursery, primary, secondary or assisted support for learning – which can demonstrate the exceptional contribution it has made to its local community. This could be, for example, through offering clubs or groups that have become an integral part of the community.

How to Enter

Once you have decided on the category, or categories, you would like to enter, please complete an entry form. You can submit an entry online by clicking the ‘Enter Now’ button below or if you would like to be able to save your form and come back to it, please click ‘Download Entry Form’ and submit it by email when ready. If you have any questions regarding the entry process, please see the FAQ section below or get in touch via the details at the bottom of this page.



Lord Provost Councillor Jacqueline McLaren

Councillor Jacqueline McLaren represents the Scottish National Party.

She was elected in 2017 to represent Canal Ward 16 and then again in 2022 when she became Glasgow’s Lord Provost.

Glasgow first citizen was born in Maryhill in the north of the city. Her first home was in Rolland street, she later moved to the Valley area of Maryhill and grew up in and around the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Before being elected to represent Canal Ward the Lord Provost worked in her partner’s legal practice Ian C McCarthy Solicitors in the Partick area of Glasgow.

Her partner is a Solicitor-Advocate and has been in business for over thirty years with offices in both the East End and West End of Glasgow.

The couple have one son Christopher, who is currently studying in his final year of medicine.

Lord Provost McLaren came into politics to empower her community and improve the lives of others.

Ann Fotheringham

Senior Features Writer, Glasgow Times

Ann Fotheringham is a senior features writer and has been writing about Glasgow and its magnificent people for more than 20 years. She is responsible for the Glasgow Times’ award winning community campaigns, including Streets Ahead, Scotswoman of the Year and, of course, Glasgow Community Champions. Her remit also includes human interest, health, nostalgia and a general obsession with Strictly Come Dancing.

Stacey Mullen

Editor, Glasgow Times

Stacey Mullen is the Editor of the Glasgow Times. She has worked in local, regional and national newspapers for more than 15 years. A proud Glaswegian, Stacey was crime reporter at the title for several years before her latest role. She is responsible for the newspaper and its website, living by the brand’s motto that Nobody Knows Glasgow better.

Bruce Reidford

Bruce Reidford

Deacon Convenor, The Trades House of Glasgow

Bruce Reidford recently retired from Tunnocks Ltd after spending 30 years as Company Secretary, responsible for all legal and financial matters within the company.

He is immersed in civic duty and charitable work having been an Elder in the Church of Scotland for 35 years, an Ambassador for ‘Glasgow the Caring city’ and carrying out voluntary work for Alzheimer’s Scotland.

Bruce is an Ex Deacon of the Incorporation of Bakers and served on the House Finance Committee, the Charities Committee and Trades House Burns Festival Committee.


Who can enter?

Anyone can nominate a team/project/individual from any of the regions in Glasgow.

Why should I enter?

Not only does being shortlisted (or better yet, winning) an award mean you will be recognised as a community champion, it is also a major morale boost for you or your workforce and is a great PR opportunity both at the event and long after. If you win, you will also receive a trophy for your display cabinet!

How do I enter?

You must complete our entry form to submit a nomination. Head to the ‘How to Enter’ section above for instructions.

Can I enter more than one category?

You can submit as many nominations as you like across the different categories. The categories and the criteria for each can be found in the ‘Categories’ section above.

What is the deadline for entries?

The entry deadline is Tuesday 14th September.

How much does it cost?

It is free to enter the awards. Tickets for the grand award ceremony are invite only.

What happens next once I’ve entered?

Once you have submitted an entry, we will add your nomination to the entry pack for consideration. A sifting session will take place in October to shortlist nominations from each region before going to a public vote. The results from the public vote will feed into a final judging session.

How do I vote?

Voting will be open to the public via the Glasgow Times website during October.

How does the judging process work?

The results from the public vote will decide the winners from each region. A final judging session will then take place in November to decide the overall winners, who will be announced at the grand final in Glasgow City Chambers in December.

When will the shortlist be announced?

The shortlist will be listed in the Glasgow Times and on this website in November.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced at our glittering awards ceremony on Tuesday 5th December at the Glasgow City Chambers. The awards ceremony is invite only.

What do I do if I have more questions?

We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have regarding the entry process or event. Please contact Senior Events Manager, Stephen Laughlin on 0141 302 6050 or stephen.laughlin@newsquest.co.uk with all enquires.

What region is my town in?

Please see map below showing each region – North West, North East & South.