Nominate a local hero for a Census 2021 Purple Plaque

Primary interest
Voluntary sector
Do you know someone in your area who is a community hero?

To mark Census 2021 in March next year, a competition has launched to find the nation’s unsung community heroes. Twenty-two people across England and Wales, one for each census that has taken place, will have their community spirit and efforts commemorated with a unique purple plaque.

The iconic purple plaques, in the brand colour of Census 2021, can be placed at the winner’s home, place of work or a community building depending on their preference and permissions. From a schoolteacher who has transformed lives, to a carer who has given comfort, Berkshire is bursting with ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things.

How to nominate
  • To nominate someone visit www.census.gov.uk/census-2021-heroes and give your reason why.
  • The closing date is 31 December 2021 and nominees will be judged by a panel of community champions, led by Gavin and Stacey actress and TV presenter Joanna Page.
  • The plaques will be installed ahead of census day, 21 March 2021.

Joanna Page commented: ‘2020 has been a really difficult year for all of us. The Purple Plaques initiative is a lasting and permanent way to celebrate the people who have made a real difference to their community. The census is all about helping shape strong and vibrant communities, so it is fitting that we are celebrating the very people who make their local areas so special. I’d encourage everyone to take part and think about who deserves a purple plaque within their community‘.

Jeremy May, Census Engagement Manager, commented: ‘Neighbourhoods across the whole of Berkshire have always shown great community spirit and this is especially true in 2020. It would be fantastic if we could celebrate a local resident with a Census 2021 Purple Plaque.  If you know someone who is deserving of a plaque then please do nominate them – let’s show them the recognition they deserve‘.

About Census 2021

The census is a national survey that has taken place every ten years since 1801 (except in 1941). Data from the census is used to plan public services throughout the UK. As neighbourhoods continue to grow, it is especially important that we have accurate information about local residents.