Connecting Communities 

High Sheriff’s Community Awards

Celebrating Unsung Heroes

Closing date for nominations – 18 August 2022

‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’ – Mahatma Gandhi


The role of High Sheriff has been around for at least 1000 years; the High Sheriff used to be in charge of Law and Order. Today it is an independent, non-political, Royal appointment for one year.  It is an entirely voluntary role.  The role supports the criminal and legal justice system, police, emergency services, probation and prison services, charities and any agencies focused on crime prevention. It also supports the Voluntary and Community Sector who help keep communities safe.

“Each High Sheriff brings their own unique stance and priorities to the role. My aim whilst I am in this role is to connect communities and make the role more visible, relevant and accessible to the diverse communities that I serve. 

The aim of these awards is to recognise the unsung heroes who work hard behind the scenes but are rarely seen. It is the hard work of these individuals that I want to shine a light on.

The community awards reception will take place following a community festival and community cricket match at the home of Leicestershire County Cricket Club, the Upton Steel County Ground.  The festival and match aim to bring communities together through sport and is a wonderful opportunity to bring about important connections between different people and different agencies from grass roots to the professional”

Mehmooda Duke MBE DL is the High Sheriff of the County and City of Leicestershire and Leicester from March 2022-March 2023.

Community Awards Reception

This will take place at the home of Leicestershire County Cricket Club (Upton Steel County Ground) Charles Palmer Suite at 7.30pm on 6th September 2022. 

The awards will be a relaxed event and will take place as part of the celebrations following the High Sheriff’s Community Cricket Match and Community Festival. 

The plan for the day

3pm            Community Festival opens

4pm            Community Cricket Match begins

7.30pm       Community awards and reception for the match players and High Sheriff’s invited guests

Award Criteria

The City and County of Leicester and Leicestershire would come to a standstill if it were not for the volunteers on the ground who freely give their time, energy and passion for nothing in return, to so many different areas of community life.

Serving the community is a labour of love and so often goes unrecognised. 

The High Sheriff of Leicestershire invites you to help her find individuals who deserve recognition for their contribution to community life, individuals who embody the values of Mahatma Gandhi’s motto  ‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’  and are deserving of the High Sheriff’s Community Award.

These are the award categories. 

The judges will be looking for the impact made in these categories.

The individuals must have made a significant impact in the communities of Leicester/ Leicestershire and must be from the City/County.

Important Notes



 Closing date – 18 August 2022

How to nominate an individual

There are several ways to nominate an individual:

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Award sponsorship enquiries:  Krupa Bhatt 07944 253 644 and Kauser Patel 07903 213372

Fundraising enquiries: Simon Winfield 07896 626 862

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