Community and Your Area

Celebrating Good Neighbours Awards

Hampshire County Council’s Celebrating Good Neighbours Awards recognise and reward volunteers and neighbours who support others in their communities.

2016 Celebrating Community Heroes

“Penny with little free time, except weekends, comes to see me at the weekend and takes me out in her car for coffee or tea and we have such a good time and discuss everything under the sun! I am lonely and housebound and cannot walk far, so my life has changed!!”

As you can see from the citation above, Penny, like many other community champions, makes a real difference to the life of a neighbour. Do you know someone like Penny, who is a hero in the community, regularly going the extra mile to help others?

If so nominate them for one of our 2016 Good Neighbour Awards.

The Awards, in their 12th year, are our way of ensuring the commitment and kindness of individual neighbours, and individual volunteers from voluntary organisations are recognised.

Penny was one of around 40 Hampshire neighbours and volunteers who were celebrated at our Good Neighbour Awards earlier this year, for the vital contribution they make, helping others in their community. We are looking for people who, on a regular basis, make a real difference to the lives of others.

The person nominated must live and volunteer in Hampshire County Council’s area – residents from Southampton and Portsmouth are not eligible for the awards.

They should be people who give up their time on a voluntary basis and are not paid to provide help or support and they must not be a relative or a previous award winner.

Please submit an online nomination form

The closing date for nominations is  Monday 8 February 2016

The winners, and those who nominated them, will be invited to a special ceremony in The Great Hall on Tuesday 26 April 2016.

The awards were created by Hampshire County Council in partnership with Age Concern Hampshire, Brendoncare Club Hampshire, Carers Together, the Good Neighbours Support Service and the Royal Voluntary Service.


2015 Good Neighbours Young and Old Awards

Do you know someone or a group of people who have gone the extra mile to support others in their community? If so, nominate them for an award.

These awards give you the opportunity to pay tribute to a neighbour or volunteer(s) of any age who on a regular basis throughout the year, give you or others that extra bit of help to make life easier or more enjoyable. Residents from Southampton or Portsmouth are not eligible for this award, we are looking for people who make a difference within the Hampshire County Council area. Please note: previous winners cannot be nominated, neither can relatives. Nominees are not to be paid to provide help or support.

This is your chance to say thank you to them:

The closing date for nominations is Monday 2 February 2015.

The winners and those who nominated them will be invited to a special ceremony in the Great Hall, Winchester, 28 April 2015 (and not May 2015 as previously referred to).

For more information about the awards, email


2013/14 Good Neighbours  Awards

Recognition was given to 70 unsung heroes young and old from across Hampshire to honour those residents who make a positive difference to the life of others in their communities.

Being a good neighbour can mean going the extra mile or carrying out small but regular acts of kindness that make a real difference to individuals and communities.

For 2014 the County Council brought together two sets of awards for the first time – the Good Neighbours and the Making a Difference award for young people. The County Council is emphasising the importance of intergenerational work across Hampshire that benefits young and old alike. Nominations were sought for people of all ages who, either as individuals or as part of a group, make the life of others easier by giving that extra bit of help, or make their community a better place in which to live.

The awards hosted were hosted by Chairman of the County Council, Councillor Ken Thornber at a special ceremony in the Great Hall, Winchester, on Thursday 20 March.

Councillor Thornber, said: “This year we were keen to showcase how young and older people give up their time to help improve the quality of life in their communities. I was particularly pleased to see examples of intergenerational support, with young supporting older people, and vice versa.

“This was the 10th Good Neighbours awards and over the years I have been in the privileged position of being able to personally thank hundreds of individuals and voluntary groups who have provided so much time and support for others in their local community. Yet each year I am still taken aback by the selfless commitment so many people make, expecting no thanks or recognition. I hope that through these awards we are able to show the value we place on the activities and support provided by all our Good Neighbours. Everyone who was nominated for an award should be proud of the work they do – they are an inspiration to us all and deserve this recognition.”

The awards were created by Hampshire County Council in partnership with Age Concern Hampshire, Brendoncare Club Hampshire, Carers Together, the Good Neighbours Support Service, RVS, The Children’s Alliance and Community Development Facilitators.


2012/13 Good Neighbour Awards

Neighbours who go that extra mile have been thanked at Hampshire County Council’s ninth Good Neighbour Awards.

Hosting the ceremony in the Great Hall, Winchester, Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Ken Thornber CBE, led the tributes to the vital support provided by 54 extra special friends, neighbours and community groups.

Cllr Thornber said: “The awards recognise and reward volunteers and neighbours who support others in their communities. It is heart warming to hear how neighbours are there for each other.”

For example, one of the oldest members of the Maddhat Shamuha group, gives his time and energy encouraging others and diligently attending events to support the wider local community, and two over 80 year olds still volunteer at local luncheon clubs.

“Olive gives invaluable services to our local village hall, running coffee mornings, contributing time and produce at the village market to raise funds, baking cakes for charity, organising events – she brings together the isolated.”

“Sheila is one in a million, without her help and friendship my mother could not remain independent.” Is part of the citations for both Olive and Sheila.

“I wish to congratulate all of this year’s nominees who have helped change peoples lives and make simple day to day tasks achievable. All too often good deeds go unnoticed so it is such a great honour to take this opportunity to recognise their efforts”, added Cllr Thornber.

The awards were organised in partnership with: Age Concern Hampshire, Brendoncare Club Hampshire, Carers Together, Good Neighbours Support Service and WRVS.



We have developed this awards scheme in conjunction with a number of partners:

  • Age Concern Hampshire
    Support and services for people over 50 across Hampshire, including free, accredited information & advice, wellbeing centres and day care, foot care and lifelong learning
    Tel: 0800 328 7154

  • Brendoncare Clubs
    Brendoncare Clubs provide older people living independently in the community with time for fun, friendship and entertainment on aregular basis. A range of clubs provide choice of social, drop-in andhealthy living activity
    Tel: 01962 857099

  • Carers Together
    Carers Together provides support with/for carers and older people. This includes: advice, advocacy, benefits advice, direct payments advice/support, personal support planning, selfdirected support and  training. carers Together also organises and coordinates support groups, network events, respite/take-a-break service, facilitates free telephone emotional support‘Say it Once’
    Tel: 1794 519495

  • Good Neighbours Support Service
    Provides support and resources to over 120 independent groups that are part of the Good Neighbours Network in Hampshire. Local groups take people to and from hospital and GP appointments or do shopping, visiting, befriending, coffee mornings and lunch clubs.
    The groups represent more than 3,500 individual volunteers
    Tel: 023 9289 9671

  • Royal Voluntary Service
    Over 50,000 volunteers across the UK, 9000 Good Neighbour Schemes, Home from Hospital schemes, running lunch clubs, Home Library services, community centres and providing community transport for older people.
    Tel: 0845 608 0122