Our categories

Reading's Best Street


Is your street the best in Reading? We want nominations from streets that have the best neighbours, or a great community spirit, or one where residents have got together to do something special, praiseworthy or unique

The Inspiration Award


Someone who has inspired a community initiative or inspired others to do the same. Or simply someone who is a positive role model for young people

999 Award

​De Vere Wokefield Estate

Personnel (fire, police, paramedics etc) who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Cultural Contribution

M&G Real Estate

To raise the profile of, and give recognition to the projects, people and organisations that contribute to the cultural life of Reading, covering music, drama, art and heritage.


School of the Year


For exceptional achievement, open to nursery, primary, secondary and special schools in Reading.


Young Person of the Year

University of Reading

The award will be given to an inspirational young person, under 21, who has shown outstanding community spirit, drive and ambition – all qualities we look for in our students.

Community Champion

Reading Football Club

Someone who works tirelessly in their community as an individual, in the voluntary sector, as a carer, for a community group or in public service who devotes their time for others

Local Hero

Green Park

Someone who, through a special act of kindness or bravery, has made a positive difference to their community..


Charity of the Year

ROC Search

Recognising a local charity or community group that has made an amazing impact to our community through partnership working with businesses, other charities and the public sector to further its cause


Business in Action (under 50) and (over50)

BDB Pitman's

Companies, large or small, who get involved in community work. There are two awards for firms with under 50 and over 50 employees.


Employee of Year

Reading Buses

An employee who goes the extra mile for their firm or customer.

Child of Courage


The town’s bravest youngster. There are many times when youngsters’ courage shines through. Some become heroic lifesavers; others demonstrate courage through battling illness or other difficult circumstances. We want to hear about these amazing under 16-year-olds.


The Chris Tarrant Pride of Reading Award

The Oracle

Someone from Reading who deserves special recognition.


Entrepreneur of the Year

The Purple Turtle

Enterprise award for an individual or group with a business venture in Reading – and the judges especially want to hear from those who think the town has helped them achieve their goals


Fundraiser of the Year

Cream Design

An individual or organisation that has shown outstanding skills or dedication to fundraising


Family of the Year


A family that deserves special recognition.


Volunteer/Volunteers of the Year

AB Walker

An individual or team engaged in diverse and challenging tasks, or simply who have stepped up when needed.

Smile of the Year (online only)


The story that made Reading smile