By Anj Handa

The Eurovision Song Contest. Imagine the scene… The contestants and audience are dressed up. The music is blaring, the lights are dazzling. Ireland wins. Ireland wins – a lot. Maybe it’s because they’re genuinely good, maybe it’s because Ireland can afford to host future events. Either way, we think the result was probably fixed. But we still vote because we’re loyal to one of the entrants.

This is how I’ve felt at a many awards events. Only last week, a meat producer won a Green award, over a canvas bag manufacturer and a cork, vegan-friendly handbag designer. The CEO appeared as surprised as the audience and experienced some heckling. I felt for him – in another category he’d have been a worthy winner.

Awards events with a difference

That’s why our Awards on 23rd November at the Opportunity Centre in Bradford will be different. Three of the categories are for individuals since we feel that awards often focus on people who already have a profile.

The people who are working hard to tackle the issues that matter are sometimes missed. They’re working so hard on making a difference that they often don’t pause for a breath, never mind for recognition. We want them to reflect and celebrate the impact that their work has made.

Instead of a shortlist, we will simply recognise three individuals and two organisations on the night. Because we don’t want anyone to feel the disappointment that comes with not coming in the top three, we’ve decided to collect and share your stories and help you to start making the right connections throughout the year – from today!

We’re creating an event where you will experience storytelling, make valuable connections and get a boost to your own creative ideas by hearing from others. There won’t be a huge crowd and you’ll be able to participate in useful conversations.

Please submit your stories of positive social change. There are also sponsorship opportunities to demonstrate how important social impact is to you. Get in touch to discuss our packages or custom options.