CMM announces return of Markel 3rd sector care awards

May 24, 2021

CMM is thrilled to announce that the Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards will be returning.

Nominations will open later this year, followed by the ceremony in 2022. 2020’s ceremony was the first to be held online due to COVID-19 restrictions, taking place in February 2021 as a result. It is hoped that 2022 will see the much-anticipated return of a face-to-face event which will now continue to take place annually in February.

The Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards are all about celebrating excellence in the not-for-profit sector, and 2022 promises to be no different. Preparations are well underway towards a provision ceremony date of Friday 11th February 2022*. Other important dates for your diary include nominations opening on Friday 23rd July* and closing on Friday 8th October 2021*, as well as the judging day falling on either Thursday 2nd* or Friday 3rd December 2021*.

CMM knows that you are just as excited as they are to all get back together to celebrate the fantastic work going on in the sector. The atmosphere of knowledge-sharing coupled with engaging hosts, Dame Esther Rantzen and Rebecca Wilcox, is not to be missed and CMM hopes to receive your nominations en-masse. This helps to recognise the work of those making a positive difference to people’s lives, whether they are supporting children or adults.

Speaking of nominations, anyone can enter themselves or nominate someone else in one of the ceremony’s categories – irrespective of their position in an organisation. All entries will continue to be free to ensure that the event is accessible to all.

The Awards focus on creative arts, community engagement, innovation, quality improvements, integration, technology and governance. These categories and the entry criteria have always been based on specific strategies – from Government and the sector – and have evolved over time to maintain relevance in an ever-changing landscape.

CMM wants the recognition of the events’ brilliant winners to extend far beyond the day of the ceremony. That’s why CMM offers the opportunity for all winners to feature in a 1,000 word write up in CMM magazine, profiling the organisation or individual and sharing their story. The ceremony itself also offers countless chances for networking with high-profile leaders within the sector, such as chief executives and directors of national organisations.

Limited sponsorship and marketing opportunities are available for The Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards. Supporting the Awards in this manner is an excellent way of demonstrating your commitment to a sector underpinned by hard work and innovation. Increased awareness of your brand and extensive social media coverage are amongst the automatic benefits granted to those supporting the event.

For more information on the Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards, please contact the Awards team on 01223 207770 or email

*dates subject to change

The Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards celebrate the excellence, innovation and creativity in the voluntary care and support sector. Specialist insurer, Markel are headline sponsors of the event.

Commenting on the event announcement, Markel said, ‘As a specialist insurer for the care and charity sector, we recognise the challenges faced by organisations in this industry. The recognition that the awards provide for all of the nominees makes the vital work they carry out wholly worthwhile.

‘Our team at Markel UK are always inspired and amazed by the entries and the people we meet each year through the awards. This is why Markel continues to support the awards and lend our name to these very unique honours that recognise both care and charity associations.’

Continuing in a series of features celebrating this year’s winners, Christine Bithell, Community Engagement Development Manager at Options for Supported Living, shares insight into the group’s collaborative practices and her personal motivations behind the project.

Want to know more about the past winners? You can find out the 2020 winners here.

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