2024 Stars in Surrey Awards

On Tuesday 3 December 2024, we will be hosting the third Surrey-wide recognition awards at G Live, located in Guildford.

The Stars in Surrey Awards:

  • Recognises Surrey County Council staff and teams, residents, organisations, volunteers and charities within Surrey's communities who go over and beyond, in their daily lives to make a positive difference to others
  • Aims to boost morale and show thanks for the work our people within the organisation and outside in the community do
  • Increases the sense of community
  • Celebrates Surrey's diversity, and our status as an inclusive employer

Award categories

  • This award is for people who want to make their community better, by making things fairer for everyone and inspiring others to do the same
  • Nominees have demonstrated a significant contribution to either their organisation or community
  • They are stellar role models who exert a positive influence on their peers, showing leadership despite not necessarily holding a senior leadership position
  • They demonstrate initiative and encourage participation, whilst making a meaningful contribution to residents, and/or the organisation

  • This award is for teams that work together well to achieve the best possible results
  • The award seeks to recognise those who go above and beyond in looking to advance the way we work
  • The nominees in this category have actively sought out inventive ideas while introducing new ways of working and/or transforming service delivery
  • These teams are supportive towards partners and welcome collaboration, creating an environment where all their members have a voice

  • This award seeks to recognise those who are strong advocates of promoting change and fairness in Surrey
  • The nominees have demonstrated a combination of positive behaviours, including encouraging inclusive participation across Surrey County Council
  • The nominees have displayed evidence of the impact of their work, or have created an initiative to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion, and continue to demonstrate their commitment to these values beyond the expectations of their own or their team's role or project expectations
  • The nominees have showcased examples of innovation, in response to an equality and diversity issue, to eliminate discrimination

  • This award is for those who have inspired their co-workers, partners, and community in their commitment to environmental sustainability
  • Our nominees for this category have shown outstanding commitment to reducing carbon emissions or other green initiatives in their work
  • They have inspired and encouraged others to think differently about how outcomes can be achieved, whilst maximising environmental benefits and minimising their carbon footprint
  • Some of our nominees will also have volunteered in the community to enhance the natural environment and reduce resource usage

  • In this category, colleagues are invited to nominate one or more of their younger peers (29 or under) whom they feel show exceptional ability, dedication, and promise
  • The nominees in this category all demonstrate a level of commitment to the objectives of the organisation above and beyond that normally expected of an individual working at this level
  • The nominee should demonstrate consistent commitment to their own personal and professional development, including being open to opportunities with the aim of progressing their career
  • They positively contribute to the organisation and display Surrey County Council values in everything they do

  • This award recognises individuals who care for their customers, ensuring their needs are met and they have access to the right support
  • Nominees in this category have demonstrated clear commitment to improving the delivery of care and support to residents and service users
  • They have not only thought about how to improve things and helped others make changes but have also shown dedication to their colleagues' wellbeing and their own career growth
  • Display leadership and influence others' behaviour, even though they are not in a senior position

  • The individuals nominated for this award have helped make Surrey a better place
  • They have shown they can work with compassion and teamwork in a volunteering role, coming up with creative and effective ways to help their community and make people's lives better
  • Nominees must also demonstrate how they motivate and inspire others to volunteer
  • Those nominated in the category must not have been paid for their work but have volunteered their time, energy, and commitment free of charge

  • This award seeks to recognise those who care for their customers, ensuring their needs are always met
  • Those nominated in this category have created a welcoming environment in the workplace for their team and other staff, and consistently display a positive attitude
  • Nominees continuously exceed expectations when assisting other staff members/residents and display initiative and resourcefulness when troubleshooting problems and/or complaints
  • Those nominated have taken ownership of problems and follow them through until completion and/or resolution

  • This award seeks to recognise those who work behind the scenes and help to deliver results without being at the forefront of a project
  • The nominees are team players who are instrumental in creating a positive environment to support and motivate those around them
  • Our Unsung Hero Award nominees are individuals that work out and about in the community, making a real difference to those they meet and interact with
  • The nominees demonstrate initiative and encourage participation in their organisation

  • Individuals nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award have been a Surrey County Council employee for 20 years or more
  • This award seeks to recognise individuals who are role models amongst their peers
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to the organisation or to the lives of the residents of Surrey
  • They have shown outstanding leadership characteristics throughout their career, inspiring and developing others to achieve similar success

  • This award recognises teams that have transformed service areas, by delivering better outcomes including positive change and improvements
  • This category looks at how innovative teams have made a real difference to residents by providing better outcome-focused services or projects
  • This award recognises that despite budget constraints, councils are still expected to make significant improvements to the lives of residents and communities
  • The nominees all see problems as challenges which can be overcome, and they have the determination and enthusiasm to make an idea or change happen

  • Those nominated in this category demonstrate a combination of qualities. They are hardworking, determined, people-focussed, and results driven
  • The nominees are compassionate, collaborative, and care about our residents
  • The nominees are great examples of openness and honesty. They value teamwork, respect others, and most importantly, they make sure No One Is Left Behind
  • The nominees have delivered a stand-out achievement, which put them head and shoulders above their peers

  • Those nominated will show effective use of advanced, purpose-built technology to drive change and improvement to a service or a specific issue
  • They will show presentation of skill enhancement efforts, along with collaboration with stakeholders to ensure timely and budget-friendly project delivery
  • They should be able to talk about the documentation and efficient measurement of project objectives, challenges and the obstacles which were addressed

  • Open to all employees regardless of their job role or directorate.
  • Nominations will be judged by a panel from the Customer Champions Network Nominees must have been with the organisation for at least six months.
  • Nominees must have received High Five praise and acts as a role model
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding and embodiment of the Surrey Way values in their daily work.
  • Consistently integrates these values into decision-making, project execution, and colleague interactions.

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