Local Service Champions Awards 2019

The Local Service Champions Awards celebrate the invaluable contribution local authority staff make to our lives: the roles they play in making our communities healthier, safer and more efficient should be celebrated.

We owe our local service champions a huge debt.

This year, the Local Service Champions campaign has highlighted the amazing work of these unsung heroes. The #LSC Awards will honour some of their greatest stories.


Do you know someone who works in local government? Do you think their work or something they have done at work deserves to be recognised? Do they show a true public service ethos?

Nominate them on the form below – they could win a 3 night stay in our Croyde Bay Holiday Resort in Devon!

You will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 vouchers.

The criteria:

To nominate someone for an #LSC Award, they could be a refuse worker, care assistant, trading standards officer, environmental health inspector, youth worker, librarian, cleaner, administrator – and so many more! – they must just work for a council or deliver a local government service.

You can nominate someone for a single act of kindness – a story that demonstrates they go above and beyond – or for showing dedication and diligence, day in and day out. It can be someone who has worked for the council for many years and has been a rock for their community. Or it could be a newer member of staff, who has shown true enthusiasm and has pushed for demonstrable improvements.

The panel will judge the applications against the following criteria:

  • Going above and beyond: Demonstrated commitment and dedication to provide a first-class service for local people, taking personal responsibility for the impact their work can make. It could have been a single act of kindness, that went outside of their usual responsibilities. Or their dedication to implement incremental improvements, making the council better on a daily basis.
  •  Community impact: Demonstrate how their work touches the wider community and people’s lives.
  • Overcoming adversity: Councils are under huge pressure and staff are being put in impossible situations at times, constantly being asked to more with less. The panel will take the situation and the person’s response into account.
  • Teamwork: Has worked collectively with others across their council and wider community, to create positive change where they work and improve local services for the people who use them.
  • Promoting equality: Has pushed for the voices of diverse groups such as women, Black, disabled, young, older or LGBT+ people to be heard and for their needs to be addressed.

One winner and two runners-up will be chosen, and announced by 30 January.

We know that local government is a team and many people play a part in creating such wonderful stories.

The Local Service Champions campaign aims to highlight councils’ invaluable contribution and the more we can use tangible examples, the better.

The deadline for applications is 15 November

We will contact the winners by 2 December

The Panel

Christina McAnea: Christina McAnea is UNISON’s Assistant General Secretary. She leads on bargaining, negotiations and equalities work for the union, including local government. Christina has worked for the trade union movement for over 25 years.

Glen Williams: Glen Williams is Chair of the UNISON’s Local Government Service Group Executive and President of the North West Region, as well as being a Social Worker and Branch Secretary on Merseyside. He is a proud supporter of local government workers across the UK and the organiser of the UNISON Holocaust Educational Study Tours.

Jane Gebbie: Jane is vice chair of the Local Government Service Group Executive. She is branch secretary of Neath Port Talbot branch and is a councillor for Bridgend County Borough Council in Cymru/ Wales. She has previously worked in substance misuse and bereavement and is passionate about fighting for those less able to do so for themselves.