Guidance notes & eligibility
Mates in Mind’s Impact Awards scheme recognises commitment to improving mental health and wellbeing. These guidance notes cover the key information about the 2020 Impact Awards.
Applications open: Wednesday 30 October 2019
Application deadline: Friday 14 February 2020
2020 International Safety & Mates in Mind Awards Gala Dinner: Friday 29 May 2020
This year Mates in Mind will be awarding winners and highly commended organisations in 6 different categories.
The Large organisation Impact Award
The Impact Award for larger organisations and projects, with over 250 employees will be awarded to an organisation which has shown tremendous commitment to improving mental health amongst its workforce, as well as across the construction sector more broadly.
The SME organisation Impact Award
The Impact Award for SME’s will be awarded to an organisation with less than 250 employees, which has shown a significant dedication to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing across construction.
The Project and/or Joint Venture Impact Award
New to the 2020 awards, the Individual Champion Award for projects and/or Joint Venture will be awarded to an individual working on project or joint venture who has exhibited exceptional commitment to improving mental health and wellbeing.
The Individual Champion Awards for Large organisations
The Individual Champion Award, which was launched during our 2019 scheme, will be awarded to an individual from a large organisation who has exhibited exceptional commitment to improving mental health and wellbeing within their organisation.
The Individual Champion Awards for SME organisations
The Individual Champion Award, which was launched during our 2019 scheme, will be awarded to an individual from an SME organisation who has exhibited exceptional commitment to improving mental health and wellbeing within their organisation.
Completing the application
Complete an application form, answering 4 questions, where they may additionally provide further supporting material (of up to 5 A4 pages). The application forms can be accessed here.
- All applications must be submitted in English
- All questions must be answered in relation to any organisation or project/JV application. There are separate questions if you wish to submit a nomination for the Individual Champion Award.
- All organisations applying for any of the award categories, please ensure your application adheres to our 2020 Eligibility criteria
- Complete each of the fields by typing in the spaces provided
- The response to each question must not exceed 250 words, please note the designated spaces for responses will not allow you to exceed the word limit
- All questions are designed to be answered in plain text only (submissions must not incorporate images, tables, graphs or similar)
- Supporting documents are only permitted as attachments to form, accepted file types include: DOCX, DOC, JPEG, GIF, JPG, PDF & PNG. Supporting documents may be provided for the organisation, project / JV applications as well as for the individual champion applications.
- Applicants may submit up to five A4 pages as supporting documents
- Please ensure that once all question fields have been completed, applications are submitted by clicking ‘Done’ at the end of the form
- Applications must be received by 23:59 GMT on Friday 14 February 2020
- Late applications will NOT be accepted, unless at the discretion of the Independent Chair of the Adjudication Panel.
Eligibility criteria 2020
Each application for the Impact Awards 2020 covers an individual Supporter organisation.
Applicants wishing to enter several sites or business units must complete a separate application for each as appropriate.
Applicants wishing to apply for the Project and/ or Joint Venture Award must ensure that: at least one of the organisations engaged in the project/ joint venture must be an official Mates in Mind Supporter.
If you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your organisation, please contact your Mates in Mind Support Manager.
Between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019, the site/business unit must not have:
- suffered any work-related fatalities
- been subject to any prohibition or improvement notices been the subject of any convictions in relation to health and safety
- experienced a major injury, and the injury is under investigation by HSE or an LA
- been subject to any legal proceedings relating directly to work-related mental health, including any discrimination towards individuals with mental health problems, for example, under the Equality Act.
Mates in Mind reserves the right to withhold, suspend or withdraw at any time the awarding of an Impact Award, should any applicant organisation have not met the eligibility criteria or failed to fully disclose all material facts which bring their eligibility into question.
Applicants must inform Mates in Mind in writing by emailing email@example.com when there are any changes in circumstances after the application has been submitted.
Where there are issues that fall outside of the eligibility period, Mates in Mind reserves the right to withdraw any award, particularly where the scheme could be brought into disrepute, or making an award could be insensitive e.g. to victims or their families. Where issues are subject to an enquiry or proceedings, a subsequent award may be made depending on the outcome.
The responsibility is on applicants to convince the panel of independent adjudicators that their application deserves an Impact Award based on its commitment to improving mental health and wellbeing within its own workforce or across the construction industry.
Applications are assessed by a panel of independent adjudicators overseen by an independent chair, all of whom are invited by Mates in Mind and who volunteer their time. The adjudicators are all experienced, senior-level professionals from various disciplines related to mental health and wellbeing.
Application enquiries, results and feedback
Due to the large number of applications Mates in Mind is unable to include individual feedback with result notifications. Where possible, feedback may be provided by the chair of the adjudication panel, however, this cannot be guaranteed.
Mates in Mind endorses the right of organisations to inquire about their application.
Applicants interested in submitting an enquiry can contact Mates in Mind at firstname.lastname@example.org to do so.
Results of the awards, including winners and highly commended will be announced on Friday 29 May at the British Safety Council’s International Safety Awards Gala Dinner.
Results of the awards will not be issued by telephone.
Mates in Mind will publish information concerning the winning organisations following the British Safety Council’s International Safety Awards Gala Dinner.
All results enquiries must be received by 23:59 GMT on Friday 29 May 2020.