The awards were held at at BBC Radio Leicester where three winners received their £3,000 prizes for outstanding contributions to the communities of Leicestershire and Rutland.
Shaun Norman, of Shepshed Amateur Boxing Club, was presented with the Community Sport Award, Jon Sketchley, of Carillon Radio, won the Employment and Skills Award and the Judges Special Prize was awarded to Mary Day for her work with Homestart South Leicestershire.
The awards were presented by Maurice and Vivien Thompson, who set up Leicestershire First, and Freda Hussein and Rick Moore.
Maurice Thompson said: “Every one of these winners has done amazing work to make Leicestershire and Rutland a better place for all of us who live and work here. “Leicestershire First recognises and rewards the leadership, the initiative and sheer hard work of the award winners.”
Each of the award winners receives a £3,000 cheque to donate to an eligible charity of their choice in the county, and many of the previous award winners will watch this year’s winners receive the prizes. Leicestershire First has now given 30 community awards over its five-year history.
Rick Moore, chairman of the Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation, which works to support local giving to strengthen local communities, said: “Maurice and Vivien won’t want me to say this, but they themselves deserve an award for their support for our city and county people - in time as well as money. These are austere times, and Leicestershire First is an inspired way to make a difference in local communities trying to cope with the challenges.”