The ADSO Awards is an important part of our association and despite the challenges we have decided to go ahead with our Awards for 2020. It is even more important now that we showcase the achievements of the sector and are looking forward to the submissions from our members.
We are looking for:
- Learner of the Year – nominations from Assessors
- Team of the Year – written submission
- ‘Rookie’ Democratic Services Officer of the Year – written submission – nominations from line managers and supported by service heads and/or directors
The winner of each category will receive a certificate and trophy. The winning Learner and ‘Rookie’ Democratic Services Officer winners will each receive a £100 cash award and the winning team will receive a £300 cash award to celebrate their achievements. In addition, all completed entries for the team and rookie awards will be entered into a draw and ADSO will make a £100 donation to a charity of the winner’s choice.
Entries need to be submitted by 31st July 2020, shortlisting will take place by 28th August followed by interviews with those shortlisted and the winners announced on our website with a special edition of the Democracy Direct bulletin. Winners will also be invited to participate in an ADSO webinar later in the year to showcase their successes.
Learner of the Year
This is open to Learners who have completed either the ADSO Certificate or Diploma since 21st November 2019.
The learner should be nominated by their Regional or Specialist Adviser and supported by their Regional Co-ordinator. Advisers will be sent a link to an online questionnaire once their learner has completed their qualification. They will be asked to comment and provide feedback on the following areas:
- Demonstrated significant progress, innovation or resilience during the course of their studies
- Applied their learning in the workplace for the benefit of their organisation
- Demonstrated new skills or personal development as a result of their studies
- Shown that their qualification and learning experience has directly influenced their progression in the workplace
- Their nomination is supported by their employer
Team of the Year
Entrants must be members of ADSO and need to complete an application form (up to 1500 words) showing that they have met one or more of the following criteria:
- Worked as a team to provide a first-class service
- Implemented new systems, practices or procedures to improve the work of the team and its service to customers
- Worked to improve the effectiveness of Members as elected representatives, supporting their work both centrally and within localities
- Working collaboratively across the business with Members, colleagues and customers
- Demonstrated innovation in the above
Rookie of the Year
This is a new award for 2020. The Board wanted to recognise an individual who is new to the sector but has had a strong and positive impact within their team. Individuals must be members of ADSO; have had no more than 12 months’ experience in Democratic Services by the deadline for nominations; and should be nominated by line managers (supported by the service head and/or director) who need to complete an application form of up to 1000 words. The submission should show that the individual has met one or more of the following criteria:
- Demonstrated real commitment to his/her Authority
- As a new entrant to the sector, has demonstrated an ability to learn at pace, develop working relationships quickly and able to work successfully with minimum supervision
- Developed innovation or best practice in the area of Democratic Services or Governance
- ‘Gone the extra mile’ to provide an excellent service to customers.
Application process and deadlines
Entries need to be submitted through the ADSO website by 31st July 2020, shortlisting will take place by 28th August followed by Teams or Skype interviews with the three top submissions in each category. The winners will be announced via the ADSO website.
The submissions will be judged by a panel made up of the following people:
- Peter Sass, Vice Chair of ADSO
- Colin Copus, Professor of Local Politics in the Department of Public Policy, De Montfort University and Director of the Local Governance Research Unit and non-executive director of ADSO
- Sue Keogh, learning and development consultant and former Director of Development at ADSO
- A representative from our main sponsor, Civica
The winner of each category will receive a certificate and trophy. The winning Learner and ‘Rookie’ Democratic Services Officer winners will each receive a £100 cash award and the winning team will receive a £300 cash award to celebrate their achievements. In addition, all completed entries for the learner and rookie awards will be entered into a draw and ADSO will make a £100 donation to a charity of the winner’s choice. In addition, all completed entries for the team and rookie awards will be entered into a draw and ADSO will make a £100 donation to a charity of the winner’s choice.
All entrants for Rookie and Team of the Year awards must confirm at the time of their submission that they have the approval of their line manager/Director to receive the cash prize if they are the eventual winners
Submit your application via the form below.