Haywards Heath Town Council's Community AwardsThe Haywards Heath Town Council Community Awards recognise, celebrate and congratulate the unsung heroes of the town who work tirelessly to make a difference to our local community. We are looking for remarkable local community heroes. These may be individual residents or businesses who have made a significant contribution to our local community, either from a specific action or event, or as a cumulative effect, over a longer period of time.  The awards will be presented at the Annual Town Meeting on Monday 29th April 2024.

To ensure that we acknowledge the diverse residential and working population of our town, there are six categories to nominate from.  Both individuals and businesses from all sections of our community who have made a visible difference to our town are eligible to be nominated. In general, nominees must be over 18 years of age, please see the criteria for each award below. The awards are not for academic work and must be for unpaid service.

To make a nomination online, please click here.  To download the nomination form to submit a hard copy, please click here.

Nominations close at 5pm on Monday 4th March 2024. 


Award Categories

Mayor’s Award

A person of the Mayors choosing, who the Mayor believes has made a significant contribution and difference to the town and local community. This can be a person of any age.

Business Award- Community Involvement

An award for businesses who have gone the extra mile to support and be involved with the local community. A business who enhances community life and makes a positive contribution. The business must be located and based in Haywards Heath.

Outstanding Young Person Award

This award is for a Young Person under the age of 18, who has made an outstanding contribution to their local community. The nominee must be a resident of, or contribute within the Town Council area, they must also be under the age of 18.

Outstanding Adult Award

This award is for any adult, over the age of 18, who has made a significant contribution or service to their local community. This may be a single act or a cumulative effect over a longer period of time. The nominee must be over the age of 18 and they must be a resident of or contribute within the Town Council area.

Sports Person of the Year, in association with Active Haywards Heath

An award for someone who has excelled in the Sports, Leisure, Fitness and Activity. This award is open to a person of any age. It could be a sportsperson, mentor, coach or instructor. The award could be for someone who has achieved something within their own sporting efforts, or who has helped others to achieve their goals. The nominee must reside in Haywards Heath, or regularly attend a sports club etc within the town.

Volunteer of the Year Award in association with Mid Sussex Voluntary Action.

The nominee must have completed or be undertaking a voluntary role. Voluntary Service for a national organisation or for a religious organisation will be considered if it is unpaid and benefits the community of Haywards Heath. They must be a resident of, or contribute within the Town Council area. Details of the nominees will be shared with Mid Sussex Voluntary Action.

Further Guidance

  •  Town Councillors may make nominations, but will then be excluded from any involvement in the decision-making process.
  • Existing Councillors and Town Council employees are ineligible for nomination.
  • You cannot nominate yourself.


To view our Town Council Community Awards Policy, please click here.