Celebrating Forces Families Awards 2022 wide shot of tables CREDIT BFBS
Celebrating Forces Families Awards 2022
Military Life

Awards ceremony to shine a spotlight on military families

Celebrating Forces Families Awards 2022 wide shot of tables CREDIT BFBS
Celebrating Forces Families Awards 2022

Nominations are open for next year's Celebrating Forces Families (CFF) awards, it has been announced.

The awards ceremony celebrates military families by acknowledging their resilience and highlighting amazing projects families have undertaken. 

BFBS - the parent company of Forces News - will again be the official media partner for the CFF.

The event shines a spotlight on all in the Armed Forces community who have triumphed over adversity plus those who support the employment of military spouses. 

There is also a special award dedicated to young people and the things they do to give back to their military community. 

To do this though, the Celebrating Forces Families Awards team needs your help. 

Do you know someone in the Armed Forces community who might deserve a nomination? 

Your own family member, a military charity or an exemplary military family-friendly employer. 

If so, nominations are now open and will close on 18 January. 

Nikki Scott of Scottys Little Soldiers Winner of the Overcoming Adversity Award CREDIT Celebrating Forces Families Awards
Nikki Scott of Scotty's Little Soldiers won the 'Overcoming Adversity Award' in 2022 (Picture: Celebrating Forces Families Awards).

BFBS' Live Events team will coordinate the ceremony and will livestream the event for those who are unable to attend in person. 

Previous winners include Nikki Scott, winner of the 2022 Overcoming Adversity Award, for her inspirational story of starting military charity Scotty's Little Soldiers, which helps bereaved children of service personnel. 

After her win, she shared how it felt to be nominated for a Celebrating Forces Families award. 

She said: "It's amazing when the difference Scotty's makes to hundreds of bereaved military children is acknowledged. 

"We hope this will help us spread the word about our support. 

"Scotty's nomination was another great way of reassuring our families that they have not been forgotten and are still very much included within the military community." 

CFF's youngest finalist Isobel talking with the Chief of Defence People Lieutenant General James Swift CREDIT Celebrating Forces Families Awards
CFF's youngest finalist Isobel talking with Lt Gen Swift (Picture: Celebrating Forces Families Awards).

The CFF's youngest finalist at the 2022 awards was nine-year-old, Isobel Keating who is a young carer for her mother, Clare, an RAF veteran. 

Clare is severely sight impaired and Isobel takes on lots of the day-to-day jobs at home to help her mother. 

When asked how it felt to be shortlisted as a finalist, and to be at the event itself, Isobel said: "I was very emotional when I read the email, but it felt amazing at the same time." 

Clare, Isobel's mother, shared that Isobel was nervous but happy to be at the event. 

She said: "She shined; not just in her beautiful dress but she seemed to walk taller. 

"The awards shine a light on the families of the Armed Forces. 

"It is amazing that the heroes behind the heroes are shown to be the stars that they are." 

Celebrating Forces Families Awards 2023 logo CREDIT Celebrating Forces Families Awards
The next Celebrating Forces Families Awards will take place in April 2023 (Picture: Celebrating Forces Families Awards).

Chief of Defence People, Lieutenant General James Swift, reflected on his attendance at this year's awards. 

He said: "The night gave me the opportunity to meet and hear from families who have triumphed over adversity and undertaken some amazing projects. 

"I was touched to hear the story of nine-year-old Isobel Keating who provides care for her mother. 

"The evening highlighted the importance of the community that has been built around the families of serving personnel and served as a reminder of the importance of our work on the UK Armed Forces Families Strategy." 

The 2022 CFF Awards evening in full swing CREDIT Celebrating Forces Families Awards
The 2022 CFF Awards evening in full swing (Picture: Celebrating Forces Families Awards).

The 2023 Celebrating Forces Families Awards categories are:

  • Inspirational Family Member of the Year 
  • Young People’s Award: Giving back to the Armed Forces Community 
  • Family Volunteer of the Year 
  • Overcoming Adversity 
  • Military Family Charity of the Year 
  • Social Media Influencer of the Year 
  • Armed Forces Advocate(s) of the Year 
  • Away from Home (new to 2023) 
  • Small Business Owner of the Year 
  • Exemplar Forces Family Friendly Employer of the Year