Nominate your East Lothian Courier Community Champions now!

WE’RE delighted to be able to announce the launch of the inaugural East Lothian Courier Community Champion Awards – recognising the very best of everything about our wonderful county.

The aim of the awards is to reward and celebrate the people who make our communities the fantastic places that they are.

We can’t wait to welcome all our local heroes to Haddington’s Corn Exchange to thank them for all they do.

Courier Editor Robbie Scott said: “I’m absolutely delighted to launch our first ever Community Champion Awards, and I can’t wait to hear all the incredible and wonderful stories of people who do so much in our communities.

“Being able to stand up for our fantastic county and share the incredible achievements of so many people is a pleasure and a privilege.

“The last few years have been extremely challenging for many in East Lothian, but they have also seen the county show its incredible community spirit, as selfless individuals and groups have stepped up to help those less fortunate than themselves.

“These awards are all about celebrating these people, so please let us know who your community champions are so we can give them the recognition they deserve.”

We’re now asking you, our readers, to tell us about the unsung heroes who you believe deserve to be celebrated at our Community Champion Awards.

We’re aiming to celebrate our heroes in 11 categories – from everything from sport to music, business to charity – giving them a well-deserved moment in the limelight when their achievements can be celebrated by the whole county.

If you know someone you believe should be recognised at our Community Champion Awards night at the Corn Exchange on Thursday, May 30, please get in touch.

Go to our website to nominate your community champions or give us a call for more information on 07702 807008.

The closing date for nominations is Thursday, March 28.

East Lothian Courier: Commnuity Champion Awards sponsors

A spokesperson for East Coast Buses, which is sponsoring the Community Champion Award, said: “East Coast Buses is delighted to support this year’s East Lothian Courier Community Champion Awards.

“We are committed to being a part of the communities that we serve and these awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the incredible contributions made by individuals who have gone above and beyond across the county.”

A spokesperson for Sustainable Facilities Management, which is sponsoring the Green Champion Award, added: “We are proudly sponsoring the Green Champion Award, recognising those who lead by example in nurturing both community spirit and environmental sustainability.

“Our commitment to fostering thriving, eco-conscious communities aligns perfectly with this category, as it celebrates the local heroes who actively work towards a brighter, greener future for all.

“By championing their efforts, we inspire others to embrace sustainable practices, fostering a collective commitment to building healthier, more resilient communities.”

A spokesperson for SSE Renewables Berwick Bank Wind Farm, which is sponsoring the Youth Community Champion Award, said: “SSE Renewables Berwick Bank Wind Farm is proud to be sponsoring the East Lothian Courier Community Champion Awards, and particularly the Youth Community Champion Award category.

“To recognise a young person who is making a real difference to their community through their passion and commitment to making things better for the future is an honour.”

John McMillan, Provost of East Lothian, said: “Throughout our local communities, there are many people whose hard work and dedication enriches the lives of others or contributes to East Lothian being such a wonderful place in which to live, work and play.

“The new East Lothian Courier Community Champion Awards help to recognise and say thank you to those who – whether in a volunteering or work capacity – make such a positive difference.

“The awards also provide an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and talents of folk in sport and music, as well as inspiring young people.

“I would encourage local residents to get involved in the nomination process and I look forward to hearing more about those shortlisted in the weeks ahead.”

All the award categories

This category celebrates a person or a business who has demonstrated a special entrepreneurial flair and has turned this passion to help grow their local community.

For a local club/individual who is making an impact in local sport, either on the pitch or off it. Who is the beating heart of local sport?

Everyone remembers their favourite teacher. This award recognises teachers who are bringing learning to life by engaging and inspiring all children and young people to fulfil their potential.

COMMUNITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR – sponsored by East Coast Buses
Rewarding a local individual, 18 years and upwards, who goes out of their way to help those around them – someone whose actions are a force for good in the community who we all benefit from making our community a better place.

YOUTH COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD – sponsored by SSE Renewables Berwick Bank Wind Farm
We are looking for a young person between the ages of 13 and 18 who volunteers and makes a significant contribution to their local community. We know youngsters sometimes get a bad reputation. Tell us now about the young people whose hearts are in the right place.

This award goes to someone who has made a contribution of outstanding significance to East Lothian. We will be recognising an adult whose actions, achievements, courage or bravery have touched the lives of others and made a difference – someone special who truly has a heart of gold.

The Health & Care Award will recognise the incredible health and care workers, both at individual and team level, who are at the heart of our local community.

To recognise an outstanding child up to and including the age of 12 whose achievements, courage or bravery make your heart burst with pride.

When it comes to charity, East Lothian is as big-hearted as you can get. This award is for an individual or group who has dedicated their lives to supporting an amazing cause – a chance to recognise the incredible work they undertake tirelessly.

GREEN CHAMPION AWARD – sponsored by Sustainable Facilities Management
This award aims to recognise an individual who strives to improve their local areas for the benefit of everyone who lives and works there. They will demonstrate the contribution they have made to their local community whilst championing sustainability. It could be through regular clean-ups, eco-friendly initiatives or gardening – the sky is the limit!

This award will go to a local singer, band or group who puts their heart and soul into every performance, whose talent makes us all extremely proud. Our finalists will have the opportunity to perform live at the awards gala.