The Mayor of Southwark

The Southwark COVID Civic Awards 2021

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 (2020).

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 Liberty Awards

The Southwark COVID Civic Awards celebrate our roots as ‘London’s most historic borough’ by conferring the Civic liberty.

We want to recognise exceptional contributions to civic, community or family life by individuals, businesses, projects or organisations during the exceptional year of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Those nominated for one of these awards will have made an exceptional contribution to civic and community life in the previous year (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 ‘liberty’, you may nominate a young citizen who has contributed during this unique period. The recipient of this award must be a Southwark resident.

The Mayor’s Discretionary Award

Through this discretionary award Southwark's First Citizen, Councillor Barrie Hargrove, exercises his personal judgement in recognising and rewarding a most outstanding achievement of an individual, organisation, project or business in any part of the borough. This award may be granted to those already honoured with a Liberty or Young Citizen of the Year Award.

What are we looking for

With Southwark Civic Award for Courage During the COVID-19 Crisis scheme, the keywords are ‘active citizenship’ and ‘exceptional achievement’. We want to hear of individuals, 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 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 community
  • a community organisation or individual that has improved the lives of many
  • a project or event that has helped to improve cultural links with communities to ensure support for everyone during the pandemic
  • an act of personal courage, bravery or generosity
  • bringing people together to organise support for vulnerable residents in Southwark
Nominations are now closed

The Awards Ceremony

Awards will be presented at a civic celebration later in the year at Southwark Cathedral.

Each recipient will receive an ornate scroll of honour from the current Mayor of Southwark or a past Mayor.

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Page last updated: 20 July 2021

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