AFC Wimbledon is a professional Football League Two club, which is currently celebrating its 10-year anniversary.  The club is still owned by its supporters via the one-fan, one-vote Dons Trust. The Dons Trust has continued to finance the club’s rise throughout the past decade, starting by raising the funds needed to buy the Cherry Red Records Stadium. Since our formation, the club’s officials, supporters and 300 volunteers have organised a number of community initiatives. Activities have included improving literacy in young adults, putting on art classes for those local people with learning difficulties, and providing football skills coaching in the community.

What are the Big Society Awards?

The Big Society award has been created to recognise individuals, groups or organisations that are demonstrating the Big Society in their work or activities.

What is the Big Society?

The Big Society is about moving power away from central government and giving it to local communities and individuals. It has three main aims:

Empowering communities – helping and enabling local people to have more of a say in how decisions are made in their area and about the services they receive.

Changing and opening up public services – encouraging public sector organisations and individuals to demonstrate new and innovative ways of delivering public services and enabling charities, social enterprises, private companies to deliver public services.

Promoting social action – encouraging people to be more involved in their communities and to volunteer and give money.

Who can make a nomination?

Anyone, including people who benefit from the group, organisation or individuals activities, may make a nomination.

Nomination should have at least one other independent person that has agreed to second the nomination. This person should not be on the committee of your organisation or be family or close friends.

You can nominate yourself or the organisation you run, work for or are involved with but, if you do, there must always be two independent people that have agreed to second the nomination.

Occasionally, the Prime Minister may himself personally nominate an organisation that he believes exemplifies the Big Society.

The Big Society Awards were set up by the Prime Minister in November 2010.

Twelve winners are decided each quarter and then announced once a week throughout the year. Winners receive an invitation to an evening reception at No.10 Downing Street and enjoy an afternoon of networking and sharing their stories with other winners and organisations, with practical sessions that provide useful takeaways for the winners.

You can nominate yourself or the organisation you run, work for or are involved with (and you will need two independent people to second the nomination).

If you are nominating another individual or organisation you must have at least one other independent person that has agreed to second the nomination (two if you are not independent of those you wish to nominate).

The Awards are an ongoing process – there are four rounds a year. So if you miss one nomination deadline, there will be another a few months later.