Nominations are now being accepted by Croydon Council for the annual Croydon community and civic awards, which recognises the work volunteers within the community.

Judges will be looking for examples of volunteering that significantly benefits other people and sets a benchmark for excellence, both locally and nationally.

The shortlisting process will take into account the level of need being addressed and how volunteers have overcome obstacles to make a difference.

The categories are:

•         Volunteer of the Year
•         Personal Achievement Award
•         Lifetime Achievement Award
•         Young Volunteer of the Year
•         Carer of the Year
•         Fundraiser of the Year
•         Employees of the Year
•         Voluntary Group of the Year
•         Civic Life Award

Councillor Vidhi Mohan, cabinet member for communities and economic development, said: "Every year we have a tough job picking out the finalists from a strong list of nominations. It’s even harder to choose the winners.

"It’s important to provide recognition to people who dedicate so much of their time, energy and enthusiasm to good causes."

The closing date for nominations is March 31. Three finalists from each category will then be invited to a ceremony on June 19. Full details are available at