This is an unprecedented time in our history. The COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on the health of our loved ones, the businesses we rely upon, the health of the global economy, and the way we live our daily lives. As we all continue to navigate through these unique and evolving challenges, we want you to know The BLAC Awards is here for you.
In light of this dreadful Coronavirus pandemic and with the help of the UK Government’s guidance and advice, we have created four very special categories dedicated to the people and organisations who have been helping us get through these uncertain times, and we welcome you to nominate a special someone or organisation in as many of these four categories as you deem necessary. In line with the ethos of The BLAC Awards, our focus for nominations is with the African-Caribbean community, however, The BLAC Awards would like to take this opportunity to personally extend our heartfelt thanks, appreciation, respect and love to everyone who is doing what it takes to continue to keep us all safe and well.
How to Nominate:
The nomination is a simple process and you can nominate yourself, a company, an employee, an individual, a young person or anyone else in the UK whom you believe to be worthy with the easy to use free online form at the foot of this page which only takes a few moments to complete. Please carefully read through the categories below in order to select the one which best fits your chosen nominee. You are welcome to make as many different nominations from the four categories as you wish and you can nominate the same person or organisation in as many different categories as you deem necessary. Nominations will be shortlisted by our experienced judging panel and will not be judged by the number of votes each individual received, but by the content of their contribution, and this is considered a fair way of finding our real unsung heroes. Shortlisted nominees will be invited to attend the event.
Making a nomination couldn’t be easier! Please include your contact details and details of your nominee(s).
CLOSING DATE FOR NOMINATION: Midnight Sunday 2 August 2020
Outstanding Service to Health and Social Care
This includes doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including admin staff and those who have offered up their time to volunteer or are already volunteers, the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including distributors of medicines, medical and personal protective equipment, childcare, support and teaching staff. This also includes those who have come out of retirement to offer their service and expertise to their sector.
Outstanding Contribution to Key Public Services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, the management of the deceased, those working in journalism and broadcasting providing public service, admin staff for the delivery of public services such as the payment of benefits and those who keep the air, water, road rail passenger and freight transport modes operating, staff for essential financial services including bank or building society and the financial market infrastructure, those who work in the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors including sewerage and waste disposal, postal services and delivery providers.
Outstanding Service to the Food and Necessities Industry
This includes those involved in food and necessities production, food processing and the distribution of food and necessities to our shops and supermarkets including the cashiers, managers, supervisors, store security, cleaners and those who deliver the food and necessities to the stores and directly to the homes, as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods such as hygienic and veterinary medicines including those working on the transport systems through which all of these supply chains pass.
Outstanding Service to Public Safety and National Security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs including fire and rescue service employees National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles including, but not limited to, telecommunications roles such as network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services including the Samaritans and charity workers delivering key front-line services assisting the homeless into shelter.