How To Nominate!


You now have until midnight on Monday, August 27 to nominate.


What's it all about?

The Express & Star, along with the awards sponsors, are searching for the outstanding and selfless individuals and groups across the region who make a difference to the people around them - and usually don’t expect any recognition for what they do.


We want to hear all about the volunteers, the good neighbours, the helping hands and those who step up when they are needed - the people who make a positive difference to where you live and work.


But we can’t reward them - unless you tell us!

How to nominate

We are looking for people in the following categories: Ambassador of the Year, Community Champion, Fresh Start Award, Fundraiser of the Year, Learner Award, Teacher of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Young Star Award, details can be found on the Awards Categories page.


You can nominate absolutely anyone, as long as they live or work in the Black County or south Staffordshire, i.e. within the circulation area of the Express & Star.


It could be a member of your family, a work colleague, a local volunteer, someone who helps a local team or club, or just someone who makes a special difference to local life. You can also nominate yourself. Simply complete the nomination form.


Don’t worry if you’re not sure which category suits the person you would like to nominate, we will sort this out for you.

You can make as many nominations as you like but please complete separate nomination forms for each individual or group.

You can nominate via the online form or look out for the printed version in the Express & Star.

ALL nominations must be received by the extended date of midnight on Monday, August 27, 2018.

What happens next?

Our readers will be part of this celebration, first by nominating potential winners and then a panel of judges will decide who goes through to the next round in each of the eight categories for the chance of winning an award.


Nominations have been extended until midnight on Monday, August 27, 2018. At the beginning of September, a panel of judges will decide who goes through in each of the categories to the next round. A list of the chosen finalists, with a write-up about each of them will appear in the Express & Star and online. Readers will then be invited to vote for their favourite by collecting special tokens printed in the newspaper or voting online starting in October.


The chosen finalists will be invited along with a guest to an awards event being held in the New Year.

Terms and conditions:

The closing date for nominations has been extended until midnight on Monday, August 27, 2018. Proposers must be aged 18 years or over. Nominees should be living or working in the Black County or south Staffordshire, i.e. within the circulation area of the Express & Star. All nominees’ contact information must be on an official nomination form, either in print (and signed by the proposer) or online.


You should tell your nominee that you are putting their name forward. If the nominee is under the age of 16, then you must inform their parent/guardian, whose signature will be required for the print form or if nominating online, selecting the tick box on the electronic form to indicate you have done so. If making more than one nomination, please use separate forms.
All proposers and nominees must be prepared to take part in any relevant publicity including photographic and video coverage in print and online.


If selected as a finalist your nominee will be contacted by post, email or telephone and asked if they wish to take part in the campaign. All contact information will be held for the purpose of this campaign only and all personal data will be deleted three months after the campaign finishes.


Information (excluding contact details) on the person you have nominated will be used in-paper and online.
Employees and their immediate relatives of the MNA group of companies and campaign sponsors are not permitted to nominate in their own category. If there is a voting tie in any category, a judging panel will choose the outright winner. The Editor’s decision is final.