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FAQs: Covid Acts of Kindness Community Award

What is the Covid Acts of Kindness Community Award?

The Covid Acts of Kindness Community Award celebrates one outstanding individual in each of the following local authority areas; Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland. There will be seven winners all together.

What is a Covid act of kindness?

A wonderful act of kindness someone has carried out to help others during the pandemic, supporting neighbours, families, friends and communities.

Perhaps it was dog walking or pet-sitting. Picking up shopping and prescriptions. Entertaining the kids. Taking education or exercise online. Offering companionship and care. There are hundreds of small ways North Easterners have helped each other.

Who can I nominate?

Anyone. Your chosen Covid champion must live in one of the seven local authority areas and have carried out a Covid act of kindness between March 2020-August 2020.

Is there one award?

There will be one winner from each of the seven local authority areas. So there will be seven winners in total.

Is there an age limit?

No. You can nominate anyone of any age.

Is there a fee to enter?

No. Nominations are free.

When do nominations open and close?

Nominations open at 9am on Monday 20th September 2021 and close at midnight on Friday 1st October 2021.

Why should I submit a nomination?

The Covid Acts of Kindness Community Award provides a perfect opportunity for you to shine a light on your covid hero, to say ‘thank you’ and show you care.

How do I submit a nomination?

It takes no more than 15 minutes. Visit here to submit a nomination. Tell us why your chosen Covid hero deserves to win in no more than 250 words.

Can I submit more than one nomination?

Yes. There is no limit to the number of nominations you can submit but you CAN NOT submit duplicate nominations.

What makes a good nomination?

There isn’t a right or wrong way to write a nomination and it doesn’t need to be particularly formal. Every nomination is different. But your nomination must tell the story of what your candidate has done:

  • Give examples of how they have gone above and beyond to support others during Covid.
  • Describe their Covid act of kindness and how it improved the lives of others around them.
  • Tell us what they’re like as a person. Why are they your Covid hero? How do they embody the region’s renowned goodwill?
  • Share why you (neighbours, families, friends and communities) want to thank them for their support.

Who are the judges?

There is a panel of four judges:

  • Amanda Director of Public Health for County Durham.
  • Michael Everitt, The Reverend Canon, at Durham Cathedral.
  • Amii Stewart, Neighbourhood Beat Manager at Northumbria Police and a BeatCovidNE campaign star
  • Holly Turner, a sister on Ward 12, a respiratory support unit at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, Cramlington and a BeatCovidNE campaign star.

Find out more about our judges here.

How does the judging work?

The independent judging panel will take a range of attributes into account when reviewing the nominations. The nomination you submit should demonstrate the impact your chosen Covid Champion has had on the lives of those around them.

When are winners announced?


The winner from each of the seven local authority areas will be announced in October 2021 on beatcovidne.co.uk and social media.

Will you contact me to let me know my nominee has won?

Yes. Once we have contacted each winner from the seven local authority areas we will then contact you if your nominee has won.

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