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The Mayor of Southwark

The Southwark Civic Awards 2020

The Southwark Civic Awards celebrate our roots as ‘London’s most historic borough’ by conferring the liberties of the three metropolitan boroughs from which The London Borough of Southwark was formed in 1965 – Bermondsey, Camberwell and Southwark.

We also want to recognise exceptional contributions to civic, community or family life by individuals, businesses, projects or organisations in the geographical areas they once covered.

Those nominated for one of these awards may have given a lifetime or many years of service, or made an exceptional contribution to civic and community life in the previous year (2019).

Apart from the rarely-conferred Honorary Freedom of Southwark, the Southwark Civic Awards are the most prestigious the council can make, with only a handful of citizens awarded an honour each year.

The Honours that can be awarded each year

The Old Metropolitan Borough of Bermondsey which incorporates: Surrey Docks, Rotherhithe, South Bermondsey, Riverside, and Grange wards.

The Old Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell which incorporates: Camberwell Green, Peckham, Livesey, South Camberwell, The Lane, Nunhead, Brunswick Park, Peckham Rye, Village, East Dulwich, and College wards.

The Old Metropolitan Borough of Southwark which incorporates: Cathedrals, Chaucer, East Walworth, Faraday, and Newington wards.

Nominations for this years award closed on 31 January 2020. 

The Young Citizen of the Year Award

This award will recognise the exceptional community spirit, generosity or civic mindedness of a youth or young adult under the age of 25 in any part of the borough.

As with the ‘liberties’, you may nominate a young citizen who has contributed several years of service to community or family life, or has made an outstanding contribution in the previous year alone (2019). The recipient of this award must be a Southwark resident.

Nominations for this years award closed on 31 January 2020. 

What are we looking for

With this awards scheme the key words are ‘active citizenship’ and ‘exceptional achievement’. We are in search of people, projects, organisations and businesses worthy of being singled out and publicly recognised for their generous use of time, ideas, energy and resources for the betterment of others.

We are also looking for shining examples of civic mindedness, personal courage, or service to family or community that is above and beyond the ordinary.

We want the recipients of these awards to know that the difference they have made to the lives of others, or indeed the life of the borough, is recognised at the highest level. Examples may include, but are not restricted to:

  • outstanding personal service to the young or the elderly
  • a community organisation or person that has improved the lives of many
  • a project or event that has helped to build bridges between cultures and communities
  • an act of personal courage or generosity
  • innovation in business or the improvement of the local economy
  • enhancement of the borough’s culture, heritage and reputation

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Page last updated: 13 April 2021

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