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BATCA Community Heroes 2020 : Nominations are open

  • Has someone made a difference in our Tooting and Balham community that deserves recognition?
  • Do you know a person or an organisation that goes the extra mile for others?
    If the answer is yes, why not take 5 minutes to nominate your own Community Hero for BATCA’s 2020 awards!
  • Make nominations online for outstanding individuals and/ or teams who work for the common good

 Closing date for nominations is Friday 21st February 2020

Nominations will be assessed by a panel of independent judges


Who can be nominated?

  • Anyone of any age and background is eligible
  • Any field of activity counts- whether helping neighbours, looking after the less fortunate, being a mover and shaker in a faith body or community group

. What matters is sustained effort that makes a real difference to others’ lives.

  • There are awards for teams and individuals
  • Nominations for people who serve modestly with little recognition, and nominations for young people are especially welcome
  • Previous award recipients include a brownie leader, those supporting refugees, shopkeepers who look after their neighbours, a smiling milkman, advocates for women’s rights, people running lunch clubs for the elderly…so nominate your own hero!
  • Although primarily for volunteers, heroes in the workplace can also be nominated

This year we are emphasising three specific categories, i) the environment, ii) health & well being, including sport, and iii) the arts & creativity. Other nominations are welcome too.


Activities to support the environment and sustainability. For example caring for our green open spaces/ raising awareness of climate change/ caring for our built heritage/ tree planting/ litter picking/ reducing food waste/ promoting recycling and a sustainable lifestyle/ renovating a public playground/ tackling air pollution/ encouraging local food growing.

 Health, & Well-being, including Sport

Activities to improve mental and/or physical health and well being including through sport. For example support for disabled or elderly people/ sustained care for a sick neighbour/ mental health awareness raising / combatting social isolation/ sports coaching / running a kids football league/ leading walking, gardening to boost health.

Arts and Creativity

Activities that harness the power of the arts and other areas of creativity for the benefit of the community. Includes promoting excellence, developing skills and giving opportunities to those who otherwise might not have them For example children’s dance or drama class/ involving learning disabled people in creative art/ bringing local history alive/ working to create arts spaces and festivals/ fostering young talent/ community choir/ encouraging creative writing.


Any activity involving service to others that doesn’t fall into the categories above. Anything that brings benefits to neighbours and/or the community counts. For example simple sustained acts of kindness that don’t fit any pigeon hole/ strengthening our community through reaching out to and/or bringing together people from diverse walks of life/ boosting others’ life chances by passing on skills eg cooking, crafts. 

Please note

  • These examples are not exhaustive – just a few illustrations
  • The categories above are intended to be used to sort through nominations. The grouping of nominations and final award categories are at the discretion of the judging panel and may be subject to change



BATCA Community Heroes Awards evening: celebrate our community stars with dinner and prize-giving!

The awards will be presented by local VIPs at a celebration evening on 19th March 2020

  • Open to all from 7pm-10pm with a curry dinner and entertainment
  • Venue: Samaj Hall, 26B Tooting High Street, SW17 0RG
  • All are welcome but PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIALPlease register at the bottom of this page
  • There will be no charge for the evening, but we ask attendees to make a voluntary donation towards costs

How can I find out more?

  • Contact Kate Allan (Secretary) at secretary@batca.org, or 07966 690308, Kitty Grant at drkittygrant@gmail.com  or Ali Jaffri at ali@jaffri.co.uk