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Voting for the 2023 People’s Choice Awards is now open!

Each year we welcome supporters from across the county to our Annual Reception, to celebrate the work of the not-for-profit organisations, charities and community groups we’ve funded throughout the year.

At the event we award a local community group or charity with The People’s Choice Award and £1,000 prize funding.

The winner of The People’s Choice Award is a group whose work in the community and impact on the local area has made Buckinghamshire a better place to live. 

Vote for The People’s Choice Award 2023

Meet our shortlisted charities and community groups and decide who you think deserves to win.

The nominees are:


Aylesbury Youth Action

With funding from Heart of Bucks, Aylesbury Youth Action ran free weekly art sessions throughout 2022 for children and young people. Working with local artist Ellie Kirkup at the young people created a large mural using archived materials from AYA’s collection of photos, leaflets, and stories to inspire and create a map of the Aylesbury area. Find out more about AYA on their website.

Buckingham Canal Society

The group used its grant to help restore the 220-year-old canal that runs from Buckingham to the Grand Union at Cosgrove. The work is helping make the canal more accessible for everyone and helped maintain the local environment for generations to come.

One Can Trust

A grant from Heart of Bucks enabled this food bank to maintain its stock of items during a challenging winter period where they experienced increase demand for food parcels, and a decline in donations due to the on-going cost-of-living crisis. An average of 847 people per week, 50% of whom were children, used the foodbank during the winter period.

Restore Hope

This grant was used to ran an Outdoor and Wellbeing Programme, positively impacting the lives of children and staff at Chalfont Valley School by giving them access to a large 20-acre field site. The Programme covered a vast array of different outdoor activities which all benefited the children’s teamwork skills, confidence and their knowledge and understanding of nature.


In celebration of H.M Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, this African and Caribbean arts and heritage group held a series of workshops for children, young people, families and the elderly in High Wycombe. Participants worked together to create a crown which was unveiled during the High Wycombe Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Youth Concern

Funding was used to support the delivery of The Next Step project, in particular a series of fitness sessions and the Job Club, aimed at tackling homelessness in young people. These programmes offer young homeless people not just a place to stay, but the tools to avoid future homelessness and fulfil their full potential.

Vote here – remember you only get one vote so use it wisely!