BBC Make a Difference Awards

20 April 2022
Local BBC Radio across England wants to award great neighbours, key workers, volunteers and more in Make A Difference Awards

Community heroes who make a difference where they live will be recognised in a new award scheme being run by every local BBC radio station in England.  But they need your help to identify people who should be honoured.

It’s part of the BBC’s ‘Make A Difference’ awards to recognise remarkable people; marking their achievements and contributions to lives in their communities.

‘Make A Difference’ was first set up at the start of the first pandemic lockdown and is a virtual notice board for those offering help and those needing support.  To date over 8 million people have interacted across all 39 local BBC radio stations.

Categories cover the unsung heroes of every community from great neighbours, inspirational teachers, awesome volunteers or even outstanding key workers.

There are eight award categories, nominations are now open and will close on the 29 of April 2022 at 11:00pm.

The winners will be announced at our Make a Difference awards hosted by BBC Radio Tees at a ceremony in September.

Chris Burns, Head of Audio and Digital for BBC England said:  “The last two years have been challenging for everyone.  Listeners have contacted us to share the stories of how people have helped each other and we wanted to find a way of celebrating those unsung heroes and telling those amazing stories.”

For a full list of categories – and details of how to nominate someone – go to, where you can also see full Terms and our Privacy Notice.

Nominations are now open and will close on the 29 of April 2022 at 11:00pm.