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.