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15 March 2021

"The awards provide an opportunity to recognise the brilliant work that the young people in our county have been undertaking, and the Club is looking forward to playing an active role"

Blues will be supporting Suffolk Constabulary and Suffolk County Council’s Suffolk HOPE awards which are officially launching today.

Launched off the back of National Hate Crime Awareness Week in October last year, the aim of the Hope Awards is to recognise and celebrate the positive contributions that young people make within the county. The pandemic has affected the whole community, however we are particularly aware of the impact on young people and their positive response to the challenges they have faced during the last year.

Secondary schools and education providers for 16 to 18-year-olds, along with the public, are being invited to nominate a worthy young person or group who they think have been involved in inspiring projects or activities for themselves and those around them. Nominations are welcome for any young person aged between 11 and 18 years-old, who has gone above and beyond and continued to demonstrate resilience, determination and teamworking, despite the unprecedented circumstances of 2020/2021.

Town along with the East Anglian Daily Times, BBC Radio Suffolk and Suffolk FA will be fully supporting the awards. There will be a celebration event prior to the end of the academic year of 2021 with achievements of the award winners being formally recognised.

Nominations are now open and will close on Friday 7th May 2021.

The categories are as follows:

Diversity – Individuals or groups who have promoted diversity, taken a stand to prevent/stop discrimination, have undertaken activity to help challenge a negative mindset and affected positive change. 

Respect and Kindness– Kindness is often an underestimated attribute; this category aims to recognise actions (both large and small) which demonstrate compassion and an understanding of another’s struggles.

Teamwork –Teamwork is a skill that is carried forward from school to higher education, work and adulthood. By working as a team, the category aims to acknowledge the benefits of sharing ideas and experiences and finding a common approach to solve an issue.

Determination – This category aims to celebrate and recognise the determination and resilience of our young people and reward their positive attitude to finding solutions or helping each other and their community.

As part of the awards process, there will also be an overall ‘HOPE Award’, this will be awarded to a school for their performance and participation in the awards.

Once the nominations have been submitted, each school will select who they wish to put forward in each category. These will then be considered by a county wide judging panel, consisting of representatives from each organisation involved. Overall winners will be selected in each of the four categories and one overall HOPE winner.

In June, the overall winners will be announced and recognised at an awards event. Coverage of this will feature in East Anglian Daily Times/Ipswich Evening Star and BBC Radio Suffolk.

For the full criteria and to submit an entry via the online application form, visit Suffolk Constabulary’s website here.

Alternatively, a form can be requested by emailing

Inspector Becky Kidd-Stanton from Suffolk Constabulary said: “The impact of individual acts of kindness, demonstrating respect for others and working as part of a team, should not be under estimated. These attributes are important within schools and the wider community.

“Alongside academic progress, it is important to recognise these skills and attributes that young people often have in abundance.  We would like to encourage pupils, teachers and community members to nominate individuals or groups who they would like to see recognised for their efforts through the Suffolk HOPE awards.

“We would like to thank Suffolk County Council, East Anglian Daily Times/Ipswich Evening Star, BBC Radio Suffolk, ITFC and Suffolk FA for their enthusiasm and support. This exciting new initiative will provide a welcome opportunity to shine a light on some of our inspirational young people at the end of a very difficult academic year. We look forward to receiving your nominations.”

Councillor Paul West, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “This past year has been incredibly tough on our communities but there has also been a real sense of coming together and taking care of each other.

“We have seen some truly encouraging demonstrations of resilience, compassion and respect from our young people. It gives me great pride to recognise these inspirational individuals and the contribution they are making to tackling Hate Crime within our communities.”

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: “Celebrating achievement is important to us all but I think it’s particularly important to celebrate the achievement of young people making a positive difference in our communities.

“There is so much good work being done by young people right across the county and this often goes unnoticed. The Suffolk HOPE awards are a fantastic opportunity for us to herald some of the outstanding young people we know and admire.

“I’d encourage everyone to have a look at the criteria and take the opportunity to nominate someone who deserves wider recognition for the difference they are making.”

BBC Radio Suffolk Breakfast Show presenter Mark Murphy said: “I’m so pleased that BBC Radio Suffolk is involved, it’s lovely to highlight some of the great work going in our schools.”

Editor of the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star Brad Jones said: “The EADT and Ipswich Star are delighted to support the HOPE Awards. 

"Young people have faced a particularly challenging time during the pandemic, with home-schooling and so much uncertainty around how the coronavirus crisis will affect their futures.

"Yet whatever their own circumstances, so many young people have stepped up to the mark to support their communities. They have shown amazing kindness and compassion in helping people less fortunate than themselves.

They have truly done us proud and the HOPE Awards will give them the recognition they deserve."

Dan Palfrey, Public Relations Manager at Town, said: “Ipswich Town is delighted to be supporting the Suffolk HOPE awards. The awards provide an opportunity to recognise the brilliant work that the young people in our county have been undertaking, and the Club is looking forward to playing an active role.”

A spokesperson for Suffolk FA said: “Suffolk FA are pleased to support the Suffolk Hope Awards. These new awards are a great opportunity to recognise those individuals who have shown the core values of the awards throughout the course of the year within their communities. It's important for us to Stand Together and support the young people in Suffolk and these awards are a great opportunity to highlight their contributions and give hope to others.”

Further information and frequently asked questions are available here.

To find out how the constabulary supported Hate Crime Awareness Week in 2020, visit:

Latest news and updates regarding the Suffolk HOPE Awards will be promoted on the constabulary’s and Suffolk County Council’s social media accounts using the hashtags #NohateinSuffolk #HopeAwardsSuffolk

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