Leeds Compassionate City Awards

The awards recognise and celebrate the work of the city’s many unsung heroes and supports our vision for Leeds.

Leeds Compassionate City Awards 2019 logo showing a colourful Leeds skyline and people

Our vision is for Leeds to be the best city in the UK; one that is compassionate and caring with a strong economy, which tackles poverty and reduces inequalities. 

We want Leeds to be a city that is fair and sustainable, ambitious, creative and fun for all with a council that its residents can be proud of - the best council in the country.

Nominations for the 2019 Awards are now open.

Nomination form

Award categories

Unsung hero of the year

An individual who has made a really positive impact in their community. Somebody who shows a passion for helping others and works tirelessly to support other people or groups.  

Examples could include outstanding fundraising efforts, developing a new project or service, or supporting a community group.  

Sponsored by STM 360.  

Jo Cox award

“We have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.”  

An individual or organisation who have gone above and beyond to unite and bring different communities together, supported newer communities to feel welcome or championed issues which help to create more integrated and inclusive communities.  

Sponsored by Leeds City College.  

Cultural or art project of the year

A project or organisation which works with communities to celebrate the diverse cultural landscape of our city through a range of creative activities such as, dance, music, art or sport.  

Sponsored by Leeds 2023.  

Health and well being award

A project, organisation or individual who makes a positive contribution to improving health and wellbeing in the City. We are looking for individuals or groups who seek to improve the happiness, health and mindfulness of people in their local community.  

This could be through championing health and wellbeing causes, developing an organisation or group which focuses on health and wellbeing or helping to drive forward a health and wellbeing initiative.   

Sponsored by Tunstall.  

Community organisation or charity of the year

A community organisation or charity who have achieved something amazing in the last year.  

Examples could include having a record breaking year of fundraising, increasing their membership significantly or being completely committed to delivering real changes for the people they support.  

Sponsored by STM 360.

Community project of the year

A project which has had a positive impact for those involved, its local community or people who use their services. This could include community safety activities, community integration projects or projects which tackle inequalities or social isolation.   

Examples could include older people’s luncheon clubs, local gardening projects, children’s cleaning groups or food banks in your local place of worship.  

Sponsored by Leeds Rhinos Foundation.  

Environmental project of the year

A project or organisation which works to improve its local environment or the City as a whole.   

Examples could include raising awareness of environmental issues such as air quality or organising environmental initiatives, events and clean ups.   

Sponsored by Dawsons Group.  

Diversity project of the year

A project or organisation which make an outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion.   

This could include helping to bring different communities together, highlighting and working to solve issues around inclusion or working with communities to make their voices heard.  

Sponsored by Leeds Beckett University Carnegie School of Education.  

Sports project of the year

As well as the health benefits of participating in sport, it also has other benefits including increasing self-confidence, building friendships and bringing different communities together.  

We want to recognise the incredible work that individuals and organisations do from grass roots level upwards to make a positive impact on individuals, communities and wider society.   

Sponsored by Leeds United Foundation.  

Outstanding achievement of the year

We want to recognise an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the City over the last 12 months. Through their hard work and dedication they may have led work which has contributed to the City’s success.   

This could include completing a large community project benefiting a whole neighbourhood, fund raising for a specific cause or working to raise awareness about a topic that affects them personally.   

Nominations for this award are exclusively for individuals and not organisations and the criteria on funding from the council is not applicable.   

Sponsored by FAUN Zoeller (UK) Ltd.  

2018 Winners

Cultural Achievement

Sponsored by Dawson Group Sweepers  

Winner: RJC Dance  

Highly commended:Slung Low Cultural College  

Health and Well Being Award

Sponsored by Tunstall UK  

Winner: Team Daniel  

Highly commended:Children’s Hospital Youth Forum  

Young Person of the Year

Sponsored by Leeds Rhinos Foundation  

Winner: Millie Chapman  

Highly commended:Liam Hirst  

Jo Cox Award

Sponsored by Leeds City College   

Winner:Sam Esterine  

Highly commended: Leeds Dads and Jo Sunderland  

Unsung Hero of the Year

Sponsored by Strategic Team Group  

Winner: Peter Smith  

Highly commended: Allan Fawcett and Rifhat Malik  

Woman of the Year

Sponsored by John Rodriguez Plastering Ltd   

Winner: Jasvinder Sanghera  

Highly commended: Razina Sharift  

Community Organisation

Sponsored by Strategic Team Group  

Winner: Leeds Dads  

Highly commended:Broadlea Better Community, Shantona Women and Family Centre  


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