Make it Happen Awards 2020

In March we'll be celebrating your achievements by showcasing the innovative work and commitment happening across Services at our all new employee awards event - The Make It Happen Awards.

The awards aim to recognise the individuals and teams that have made an exceptional contribution to the Council and an outstanding improvement to our services as we continue to transform our processes, change the way we work and change the way we work with communities.

We've made entering as simple as possible – all you need to do is select a category or categories from the list below and fill in the online form. Being able to save your entry as you go, means you can hop in and out of your submission as and when you have time.

Because the awards are about your successes, it's only right that submissions are judged by your peers. That's why our judges are employees from across the Council. They've volunteered their time to get involved and they'll submit their views online.

There are 10 categories including a Community Choice Award which will run in partnership with The Falkirk Herald. This award provides the public with a way to nominate an employee or team who has gone above and beyond. A shortlist of entries will be created and then put to a public vote.

Finalists for each category will be invited to an awards ceremony held in Falkirk High School in March 2020. We'd encourage as many of you to submit entries because the Council couldn't provide the services it does without you – you help make it happen. Entries close on Friday, 31 January 2020.

Categories

Outstanding service to children and young people

This award is to recognise an employee or team who have delivered an outstanding service to children and young people. There are over 44,000 children and young people living in the Falkirk Council area. Young people are the future of our area and we want to provide them with the opportunities and support they need. Nominees should demonstrate how they have made a positive impact on the lives of children and young people aged 25 and under, particularly those who are most vulnerable. This may include:

  • raising aspiration and ambition
  • reducing the impact of poverty
  • involving young people in decision making
  • building and developing skills

Outstanding service to adults and older people

There are over 100,000 adults and older people living in the Falkirk Council area. They trust us to deliver the services that they rely on each day from bin collections, housing, and social care. This award is to recognise an employee or team who have delivered an outstanding service to adults or older people. Nominees should demonstrate how they have made a positive impact on the lives of adults and older people through service improvement. This may include:

  • improving neighbourhoods and housing
  • expanding opportunities for education
  • training and employment
  • enabling people to live full and independent lives
  • making it easier to access services

Outstanding contribution to improving the environment

This award recognises an employee or team who have made a positive contribution to improving the environment, however big or small that contribution is. This may involve smaller individual actions (such as, encouraging recycling, using environmentally friendly travel cutting down on single use plastics, etc.) or larger Council initiatives, policies or projects.

Community engagement

This award is to recognise an employee or team who have demonstrated the positive impact of community or employee engagement. Nominees should demonstrate what impact their community engagement project has had. For example, have local issues and services improved as a result of the engagement? Are the community more involved in decision making? Have communities gained new understanding/skills? Have employees seen improvements to their working environment?

Business impact

This award is to recognise an employee or team who have demonstrated a positive impact to the business operations of the Council. Nominees should demonstrate how they have made their service, project or daily work more efficient, whether through cost efficiency or business improvement. Does it save the Council money? Does it improve the customer experience? Does it better connect services with communities/partners? Does it enable communities to provide more services? Does it improve Council performance?

Digital commitment

This award is to recognise an employee or team who have demonstrated commitment to making the Council more modern and digital. A key part of the Council of the Future vision is the digitisation of services for customers and shifting to digital for the daily working life of Council employees. Nominees should demonstrate how they have made an improvement to any aspect of the Council (whether internal to employees or external to users) by using digital technologies. Does it make our work more efficient? Does it provide a better experience for customers?

Learner of the year

This award recognises an employee who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to learning. Nominees should demonstrate how they have used their learning in the workplace. Have they inspired other learners, realised a personal goal, showed initiative to use their knowledge and skills to improve the way their team or division operate or have they used their learning to dramatically change their career or circumstances?

Young employee of the year

This award recognises the contributions and achievements of the Council's young work force. It recognises the rising stars of Falkirk Council, who represent the talent of the future. Nominees should be employees, currently 25 and under, who have consistently made an outstanding contribution and who have demonstrated personal development.

One Council

This award is to recognise an employee or team who have demonstrated collaborative working with colleagues from across divisions and services. Nominees should show examples of how collaborative working has positively impacted on the wider Council through outstanding achievements in the delivery of our "One Council" vision: whether this is through improved communications, collaborative projects or the development of new systems and resources

How to enter

The entry period has ended. The submissions will be collated and passed to our judges.

Become a judge

If you are interested in becoming a judge, please email the Communications Team.

Communcations Team