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Council launches new community awards to recognise County's unsung heroes

Date Published: 20 September 2022
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Rutland County Council is launching a brand-new awards scheme to recognise local people who make an invaluable contribution to their communities but often go unnoticed.

The ‘Multum Awards’ will take place in December 2022 and aim to celebrate people in Rutland who embody the county’s motto ‘Multum in Parvo’, ‘much in little’.

Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Leader of Rutland County Council, said: 

“Rutland is a special place and a huge part of this is down to the tireless work of volunteers doing incredible things, purely out of love, passion and community spirit. We want to launch the Multum Awards to recognise the unsung heroes who make a big contribution to life in our small county – the people who go above and beyond and often don’t get the recognition they so richly deserve.”

The Multum Awards follow on from the County’s recent Future Rutland Conversation and will have a total of eight categories based around the four themes of the final Future Rutland Vision, published in March of this year. 

Councillor Stephenson added: 

“Achieving the goals in the Future Rutland Vision will need a big collective response from across the county. There are already a huge number of people who help to make Rutland a special place, preserve our unique heritage, help others to stay healthy and well and bring communities together. These are the individuals we want to celebrate and I’m confident that the Multum Awards will highlight the incredible work and acts of kindness that go unnoticed in our county every day.” 

To make the awards a success, Rutland County Council is now asking people to get involved and nominate their unsung heroes of Rutland who go above and beyond for others. Nominations are open from Tuesday 20 September and will close at 5pm on Sunday 6 November 2022. 

If you would like to make a nomination, simply email: multumawards@rutland.gov.uk to request a nomination form. You will then be asked to fill in the form and return it to the same email address. You can also pick up a hard copy of the form from any of Rutland’s libraries or Rutland County Museum and place completed forms in the post box provided, drop into the post box at the Council offices in Oakham. Libraries are based in Ketton, Oakham, Ryhall and Uppingham.

One winner and one runner up will be selected for each of the eight Multum Award categories, as judged by a specially selected panel. The overall winner for each category will being presented with an award at special ceremony at Rutland County Museum on Saturday 3 December. Runners up will each received a certificate.

You can nominate as many people or groups as you want and all categories are open to individuals of any age. Nominations from schools, youth groups and sports clubs are welcome. Nominations for people or groups who are paid to carry out their work in the community cannot be accepted.

If you have any questions about the Multum Awards or would like further information, please email: multumawards@rutland.gov.uk. Anyone without internet access is asked to contact Rutland County Council by phone: 01572 722 577.

The four Future Rutland themes and eight Multum Awards categories for 2022 are as follows:

Future Rutland theme

Award category


A special place

Sustaining a vibrant rural county that harnesses the enterprise of its businesses, the ambition and creativity of its residents, and the passion of its local communities.

Event Organiser

Someone who organises events such as fetes and street fairs which help to bring communities together

The Creative

Someone who helps people access the arts, culture and heritage in Rutland, either by volunteering, organising or fundraising.

Sustainable lives

Living sustainably and combatting the climate crisis through the power of choice, the removal of barriers, and real collective action.

Wildlife Warrior

Someone who helps to enhance the natural environment or promote biodiversity and green spaces in Rutland.

Climate change hero

Someone who promotes sustainability and positive change, or who helps others to leave a positive mark on the environment – either through education or direct action.

Healthy and well

Someone who promotes health, happiness, and well-being for people of all ages and backgrounds.


Unsung Sporting Hero

Someone involved in running or managing a local sports club or group, whether by coaching groundskeeping, fundraising or working behind the scenes – anything that helps to keep the club going.

Good Samaritan

Someone who consistently goes out of their way to help people and puts others before themself. A person who, without a fuss and asking nothing in return, makes a real difference to the lives of others.

A County for everyone: Celebrating diversity and ensuring everyone has the opportunity to live well, be heard and overcome every challenge they may face.

Inclusivity champion

A person or group who has taken steps to promote inclusivity and diversity in their community to bring people together.

Public Servant

Unpaid Parish Clerks, Parish Councillors or Youth Councillors who have made an outstanding contribution to public life in their community.

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