Nominations for the 2021 Awards are now closed.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to make a nomination for the Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards. This past year has brought with it an abundance of new challenges for those working in the 3rd sector. Now, more than ever, hard work, dedication and creativity deserves to be rewarded, and we look forward to doing so at the Awards Ceremony.

You can take a look at last year’s winners and finalists to see what truly makes the Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards such a remarkable event, or watch the Virtual Awards Ceremony here, and don't forget to follow us on Twitter @3rdSectorCare #3rdSectorCareAwards to keep up to date.

Nominations are now closed. Finalists will be contacted ahead of the judging day, which will take place virtually 2nd December 2021.

The 2021 Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards Categories

Compassion Award
Innovative Quality Outcomes Award
Contribution to Sector Development
Community Engagement Award
Creative Arts Award
Campaigning for change Award
Leadership Award
Technology Award
Making a Difference Award
Dementia Care Award
End of Life Care Award
Collaboration (Integration) Award

Who should enter?

‘Third sector’ and ‘care’ are broad terms, so you might not be certain whether you should be entering these awards.

To make it simple, nominations are eligible if: 

  • You/the nominee are making a positive difference to people’s lives, whether they’re at the very beginning or very end of their lives – or anywhere in between. 


  • You are working for/nominating an organisation, team or group that is not making a profit, or that is reinvesting its profits into the support it offers.

Employees working at all levels are welcome to enter, from large organisations and those with just one or two members of staff. You might be part of a community group or be helping people to get out of their homes. Maybe you are supporting people who have experienced domestic abuse, or you might be running a memory café for people with dementia. We want to hear from you, whatever way you’re helping people.

Our past entries have included services that help homeless people to reach their goals; organisations that offer safe homes for children who would otherwise go into short-term foster care; hospices supporting people with cancer; care home accountants who have gone the extra mile to support residents; and chief executives who are leading their staff towards more fulfilling lives – for themselves and the people they support.

Still not sure?

If you are still unsure whether you qualify, give us a call or drop us an email. Call 01223 207770 to speak to the awards team.