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Awards criteria and guidelines

To be eligible for the Spirit of Manchester Awards you need to adhere to the following:

  • Voluntary and community groups need to be registered with Macc as either a full or affiliate member. If you aren’t already register now
  • Groups need to be based in and offer their service in the city of Manchester and volunteers need to be Manchester residents and volunteer in the city
  • Groups can nominate themselves and just need to complete the online form stating the category they want to go for and outlining the reasons
  • Volunteers need to be registered with volunteer Centre Manchester – again you can register now
  • Volunteers need to be nominated by a Manchester based voluntary or community group/organisation that they volunteer for
  • If you are shortlisted you need to be willing to help make a short film with the Manchester Community Reporters

We are looking for individuals and groups/organisations that are going above and beyond their duties and are making a significant impact on people's lives and wellbeing in Manchester.

The three shortlisted applicants under each category will work with the Manchester Community Reporters to create a short film on their work. These three minute films will be shown at the Awards ceremony and the overall winner will be voted on by the attendees at the event. These films will go towards helping promote your work, they can be put on your website, will be uploaded to the Community Reporters website and can also be developed into fundraising pages to encourage people to donate their time or money to your cause.

Volunteer of the year – outstanding contribution

  • Above and beyond role
  • How inspire and motivate others to volunteer
  • Impact made
  • Nominated by an organisation

Volunteer involving organisation of year

  • How they promote and retain volunteers/volunteering
  • How they make volunteers feel part of the team
  • Their vision and values around volunteering
  • Can nominate themselves or be nominated by a volunteer

Small business of the year – commitment to corporate social responsibility

  • Registered business with companies house
  • Encouraging CSR - Staff encouraged to volunteer - Payroll giving/give as you earn - Reinvesting in the local community
  • Nominated by organisations that are members of Macc or by the business itself

Most innovative group

  • Most resourceful - Best use of very little money - Good at getting free resources/support
  • Utilising new opportunities (could be running a new/existing service)
  • Being creative in the way the service is run
  • Thinking differently in becoming sustainable

Best service user involving organisation

  • Involve the people who benefit from the service in delivery and shaping the service - On Board - Invite feedback, consultation - Service users becoming staff/volunteers in delivery
  • Can nominate themselves or be nominated by a user

Most successful campaign

  • What difference did it make?
  • What was the need?
  • Organisation can nominate themselves

Best partnership initiative/collaboration

  • Showing the difference working in partnership has made
  • Could be a voluntary or community sector group/organisation working with the public sector, private or another community group
  • Organisation can nominate themselves

Contribution to the sector

  • Have made a significant contribution to the voluntary and community sector over the years
  • To be nominated by Macc Members

Apply now!

To apply please fill in this short nomination form, fill in your details, select the category you are nominating for and write a short piece on why you are nominating a group/individual/business. Make sure you highlight the impact they are making and answer the above criteria.

If you need any help please contact Hannah, Email: hannah@macc.org.uk Tel: 0161 834 9823

The deadline is Friday 2 August and you will find out in mid-August if you have been shortlisted.

The awards event will be at the end of September.

Good luck!