Skip to content
  1. Do it online
  2. Login
  3. Have your say
  4. My Durham

Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 6.00pm on Monday 2 October until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 October: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Chairman's Medal

The Chairman's Medal is the highest honour that Durham County Council can award to individuals and organisations for outstanding voluntary contribution to County Durham.

The Medal is awarded at the discretion of the Chairman of the Council in line with the following criteria.

Nomination criteria

The medal can be awarded to individuals (of any age) or organisations for:

Outstanding contribution to the social, economic or environmental wellbeing of the county

This could be for:

  • longstanding (or exceptional, for young people) voluntary service which benefits others in the community
  • making a difference to local vulnerable people
  • making a difference in the local environment
  • making neighbourhoods safer
  • improving the health and wellbeing of the local community
  • acts of heroism, bravery or initiative which has helped to save the lives of others

Outstanding achievement in their chosen field on the national or international stage

This could be for:

  • sporting achievement and success
  • artistic or cultural achievement or success
  • science, innovation and discovery which improves the quality of life of others

The Medal is not normally awarded to:

  • elected councillors of the Council
  • paid employees of the Council (in respect of their paid council work including actions which are considered to be "over and above" the course of their duties)
  • anyone who has been paid to carry out the activities for which they are nominated
  • posthumous nominations
  • profit making organisations/commercial businesses
  • self-nominations
  • people or organisations who have previously been awarded the Chairman's Medal


Contact us to nominate someone.

Contact us
Chairman of the Council
03000 267 202
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UL
Related information