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This award sounds excellent! When can I start submitting our work? And how long do I have to submit this year?

This Can Happen Awards open for entries on 17 November 2022, and you will have time to submit your entry until the deadline of 23 February. 

Keen to enter but need more time? Simply email us to request a deadline extension, detailing the category you intend to enter and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

How do I apply for the awards? Do I have to pay to enter?

On or after 17 November 2022 you will be able to start a submission. To get started click here, register, and proceed to the 'Entries' tab, and start your entry in 'My entries'. Entries will be charged a discounted fee of £169 per entry up to the early bird deadline on 19 January, and £229 per entry until the 23 February 2023. Entries submitted after this date and before the 23 February deadline will be charged £299 per entry. VAT will be applicable for entrants from the UK. 

I really want to enter, but I don’t have all the information yet.

Our awards entry system allows you to revisit your entries whenever you want and amend it as much as you want until 23 February 2023. As long as we see that you have entries in our system, we will not delete the draft entry, but we will check with you at the approaching deadline, if you wish to complete your submission. It will also save your information automatically, so you can leave your submission and return to it whenever it works for you.

I don’t know what category of award I should enter.

Like the rest of our application process, this can be changed at any point up until the deadline, so you are welcome to discuss it at length with your team before coming to a decision. Should you still be unclear where your initiative would best fit, just contact our awards team, and they can give you advice as where they seem your entry standing their best chances. Just email them at . 

I think that my submission is applicable to multiple categories. What do I do?

This is not a problem, as your entry may actually be a good fit for more than one category. As long as your entry is relevant for your chosen categories, there are no restrictions as to how many times you can enter. However we recommend you to tailor your submission to the categories, and ensure judges can see why your submission is standing out in its chosen category.

I, or my organisation, want to try entering multiple times. Can I/we? Will this lower my/our chances of winning?

You’re welcome to enter as many initiatives and categories as you want. Our panel of judges will assess each entry on its particular merits, and there is no judging penalty if you’ve submitted a different initiative already. If, for example, a workplace produces three truly outstanding attempts at improving mental health issues at the workplace, our judges will reward their insight and creativity with three awards.

In which category should I enter my workplace? I think it’s relevant for more than one, or am not sure it has one at all.

Please see the list of category descriptions. We hope this clarifies the nature of each category and helps you to come to a decision. We also remind you that you don’t need to decide just yet! The nature of our submission process means that you can make this decision at the last minute, when your team has had ample opportunity to consider. If you need any further clarification, please email the awards team.

Can I enter more than one entry? Do I have to open a new account for each of my entries or can I upload all the projects in my first account?

Yes, you can enter as many entries you wish using the same account. For each new entry you will need to fill out all the information. However, our entry system has a cloning function to help you save time copying information from one entry to another. You do not need to create different accounts for different entries.

Our strategy has not been implemented yet - it is still an idea to be implemented in the future. May I submit it for the awards anyway?

We only accept strategies that have been implemented already. Should you just recently have implemented your strategy, then you can consider entering Best New Workplace Approach to Mental Wellbeing as in this category judges won’t give the same weight to results as in the other categories, since result need time to fully come into effect. However if you have not even implemented a strategy yet, we recommend you to start documenting it, and then be ready to enter our awards next year.

Can I nominate myself for the Individual Recognitions category?

Yes, you can nominate yourself although you will need the approval from your workplace that they are happy for you to enter. 

Can I enter more than one person into the Individual Recognitions categories?

Yes, you can nominate more than one person but please note that there is likely to be only one winner per category. At the judges’ discretion they may decide to award a Highly Commended. Should you be part of a team that has worked together towards a common goal, we recommend that you consider entering the Mental Heath/Wellbeing Team of the Year category instead.

Do I receive feedback?

Due to the large amount of submissions we are unable to give feedback to entrants who fail to proceed to the final stage. However, we encourage judges to leave comments on your entry and you will be able to log back into the system and see any comments that would have been left by the judges.

Who is judging my entry? How does the judging process work?

Our prestigious judges are all experts in their field and have vast practical experience in workplace mental health. We ensure that every entry is reviewed by a minimum of four different independent judges, thus ensuring that judgements are as robust as possible. 

We have a team of independent judges, with experience ranging across sectors, disciplines and specialisms. Judges have been recruited from multiple sources to ensure a diverse jury will judge the set of entries.

The first round of judging will be happening online after the entry deadline, in which our judges determine the shortlist. The shortlist will be announced on 25 April 2023. The full shortlist will be available on the website, and shortlisted entrants will be notified. Entries cannot be amended after the deadline, so entries will go into the final round with the same information as submitted for the first round.

To determine the final winners, judges will come together, go through each category, discuss all the shortlisted entries and vote on the winner. Every category can have one winner and up to two highly commended entries. In rare cases, judges may decide not to give a winner if none of the entries are deemed strong enough. Judges will also select one winner only out of all shortlisted entries to be awarded the This Can Happen Grand Prix Winner 2023. Judges decisions will be based on majority votes. The winners are not announced before the Awards Ceremony, nor will unsuccessful shortlisted applicants be notified.

When and ho will I find out if I have been shortlisted / if I have won?

All shortlisted applicants will be notified on the 25 April 2023. Winners will be announced at the Winners' Presentation Reception on 22 June at Bishops Square, London.

What is the reward for winners? Do shortlisted entries receive any recognition?

This Can Happen Awards Winners will receive a trophy as well as a This Can Happen Awards E-Badge to use for marketing and PR purposes. Highly recommended entries will receive a certificate and an E-Badge. Shortlisted entrants will receive a This Can Happen Awards Shortlisted E-Badge. All winners will have their entries showcased on the awards entry gallery online, and winners will be published in the eBook.

How can I pay for the entries?

You will be able to pay with credit card only upon check-out. We accept Visa, MasterCard & American Express.

What happens if I don’t receive a confirmation email after sending in my entry?

Please do check your spam folder should you have not received a confirmation. You can also check the status of your entries in the entry system

What should I do if I’ve lost my password?

You can reset your password directly at the log-in page from the awards entry system. It will send you an email with a link to reset your password.

Still have a question that is not covered here?

Get in touch with our Awards team who can help you with your enquiry.

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I left with renewed energy, practical solutions and confident with the knowledge that having a Wellbeing Strategy should happen, must happen, can happen! Looking forward to 2020 already!

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