BEING part of the Glasgow Community Champion Awards has given more than 1000 groups and individuals a huge boost over the last 15 years.

But don’t take our word for it.

Over the years, celebrity hosts, judges and award finalists and winners have told us how much they have enjoyed being part of the glittering grand final at the City Chambers in December.

Nominations for the 2023 event are open, so don’t miss out on the chance to highlight someone in your neighbourhood who is going the extra mile to help others.

BBC sports presenter Amy Irons, who hosted the event in 2019, said: "It is a real honour to be part of the Glasgow Community Champions Awards, celebrating the people who selflessly help others. In the run up to Christmas, the most giving time of the year, this is the perfect event to thank all those who give their time and energy and expertise 365 days of the year."

Singer Michelle McManus, long time supporter and host, said in 2018: "It's fabulous we can all come together and celebrate what's great about Glasgow, its communities and its people."

Glasgow Times: Singer Michelle McManus is a long-time supporter of the eventSinger Michelle McManus is a long-time supporter of the event (Image: Colin Mearns/Newsquest)

Bernadette Hewitt, chairperson of Wheatley Glasgow and long time judge and supporter of the event, said in 2021: "This event absolutely reinforces the definition of community. The finalists are part of the DNA of their communities. It has been joyful to learn more about them."

Glasgow Times: Bernadette Hewitt of Wheatley GlasgowBernadette Hewitt of Wheatley Glasgow (Image: Colin Mearns/Newsquest)

Demi Mitchell, winner of the Sports Award in 2018, said: "No-one here tonight, no-one working in the third sector, does what they do because they want to win awards. They do it to help people, because they see a need and want to change things for the better. To be recognised is really lovely, though, and it does make a difference - it helps you feel like you are doing good."

Glasgow Times: Demi Mitchell, who won the Sport Award in 2018Demi Mitchell, who won the Sport Award in 2018 (Image: Colin Mearns/Newsquest)

Audrey Flannagan, manager of Glasgow SE Foodbank, was a finalist in 2017. She said: “Coming along to an event like this is fantastic for us - not only does it help to raise awareness of what we do, it's a reminder of all the great work that is being done across the city, most of it unpaid, most of it by people who do it for the love of it."

Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, said at the 2017 awards: "I am so proud that Glasgow City Council is so closely associated with these awards. Your commitment, your energy, your passion and your civic pride represent the very best of Glasgow."

Chief Superintendent Brian McInulty of Police Scotland summed it up: "You can feel the community spirit in the room tonight - it is fantastic.”

Who do you think should be crowned Glasgow’s Community Champions for 2023?

The event, supported by Glasgow City Council, Trades House Glasgow, Wheatley Glasgow and Merck, rewards the unsung heroes working hard to make the city a better place to work, live and play.

Glasgow Times: Each winner receives a lovely trophyEach winner receives a lovely trophy (Image: Colin Mearns)

Once again nine trophies will be up for grabs - Team Award, Individual Award, Public Service Award, Uniformed Services Award, Senior Award, Young Award, Health and Wellbeing Award, Sports Award and School Award. A public vote will decide regional winners in three areas of the city – the North East, the North West and the South.

Closing date for nominations is Thursday, September 14.

You can nominate anyone, from a community cop who goes above and beyond the day job to the inspirational teenager making waves at school, from pensioners campaigning for better services to grass-roots sports coaches inspiring young people to get active.

Tell us why they should win and remember to include lots of detail and photographs and video to support your entry.

You can nominate online by clicking here, or email

Glasgow Times: The grand final takes place in the City Chambers' beautiful banqueting hallThe grand final takes place in the City Chambers' beautiful banqueting hall (Image: Colin Mearns/Newsquest)

For more information, call 0141 302 6019.

The closing date for entries is Thursday, September 14.

A shortlist will go to a public online vote to determine the winners in each area – North East, North West and South - who will then progress to the Grand Final at Glasgow City Chambers on December 5.

A judging panel made up of representatives from the award partners will decide the Grand Final winners.