Bristol Young Heroes Awards

Today’s blog comes from Chris Duncan, Project Officer at Community of Purpose, the Bristol based organisation responsible for delivering the Bristol Young Heroes Awards.

Prior to March of this year, it is very unlikely that you would have heard the words Zoom, furlough or social distancing used so commonly as we do today; however, we’ve all become very used to the meaning and implications of the ‘new-normal’ that these changes bring. For Community of Purpose and the Bristol Young Heroes Awards, this is no different.

The Bristol Young Heroes Awards is the city’s annual celebration of young Bristolians who have overcome adversity to excel in fields such as sport and education or have made a significant contribution in areas such as volunteering, environmentalism or care. May 1st was earmarked as the 7th edition of the awards (due to be hosted at We The Curious), however – like many other live events – we were forced to change plans because of COVID-19.

This has all led to the 2020 edition of the Bristol Young Heroes Awards being moved online for the first time. While we are disappointed that our fabulous young heroes will not get the opportunity to celebrate in person, we’re excited about the potential of the whole city being able to join us in recognising and toasting the achievements of this brilliant crop of young people.

So, with this in mind, Community of Purpose are delighted to welcome you to register to watch the Bristol Young Heroes 2020 which is taking place on Wednesday 16th December (7:30-9:30pm). As well as announcing the winners of each award, the event will include creative performances ranging from spoken word to music as well as messages from some of the city’s biggest names.

Each registrant will be in with the chance of winning a £100 shopping voucher and followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will be in with the chance of winning an incredible bundle of prizes via our #beautyofbristol photography competition which launches in November.

The Bristol Young Heroes Awards is proudly sponsored by GKN Aerospace. Stephen Cowan, Vice-President for the Global Technology Centre UK, said this about being involved in the awards:-

“GKN are proud to be the main sponsor of the BYHA’s and have continued to support this very worthwhile event for several years now and personally for me the event is a great leveller and brings our business back to basics when we talk about our people and the important role our company plays in the wider community.”

Amy Kingon, CEO of Community of Purpose adds:-

“We’re so delighted to be able to host the Bristol Young Heroes Awards online this year and want to give a special thanks to Sounds Commercial for helping us achieve this. We are encouraging anyone and everyone from Bristol to join us for the evening, to celebrate these amazing young people and enjoy the creative offerings that this amazing City has to give.”

To register for your free tickets to the event, please visit

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