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Individual service awards 2021/22

Highlights of awards received so far in 2021/22.


  • Service awards for 2021/22

Association for Public Excellence (APSE) Annual Service Awards 2021

Colchester Borough Council has been shortlisted in two categories - Best Service Team of the Year, and Best Community and Neighbourhood Initiative – from more than 320 submissions to APSE. The award winners will be announced in September 2021.

Team of the Year category - CBC’s Waste Management and Recycling Service has been shortlisted in the in recognition of the efforts to provide an outstanding service throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and the team’s continual improvement to develop a sustainable service for the future.

Best Community and Neighbourhood Initiative category - the 'Together We Grow Communities' project has been shortlisted in the in recognition of the partnership work with not-for-profit social enterprise Together We Grow CIC.

The partnership has worked together planting trees in communities as part of the Colchester Woodland and Biodiversity Project. August 2021

Museums and Heritage awards

Community Impact Award - Colchester and Ipswich Museums (CIMS) won this category for their Museum From Home activity packs for children, launched during the pandemic. The judges said: “With long-standing, personal relationships and an approach which ensured access to digital wasn’t a barrier, the winner’s quick-thinking made a real difference to hard-to-reach communities”.

Covid special recognition award – Colchester Museums Manager Pippa Pickles was in a national shortlist of six from hundreds of nominations for this award. It recognises Pippa’s contribution to the pandemic by not only opening Colchester Castle safely following the first lockdown, but for all her hard work in leading Colchester Council’s team in supporting the NHS vaccination programme. July 2021 

Find out more about the museum and heritage award nominations.

Park Active - British Parking Association (supported by Department for Transport)

Colchester was proud to be the first Park Active scheme in the UK, which supports the environment and encourages active travel to build healthier communities. The scheme allows people to leave their car at a Park Active location and then walk or cycle for the rest of their journey. In Colchester, motorists pay a discounted parking rate for doing so. April 2021

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