The Spirit of Manchester Awards is a series of awards for Manchester's voluntary and community sector. They are supported by the Voluntary Sector Assembly and managed by Macc. The awards are a way of celebrating and highlighting all the excellent work being carried out in Manchester’s voluntary and community sector (VCS). As well as providing recognition to the sector in these hard times, we want to raise the profile of the sector amongst the general public and encourage local giving and active citizenship.
The first Spirit of Manchester awards night was a great success. Manchester’s thriving volunteers and community groups were highlighted through films and rewarded with handcrafted awards presented by the Mayor at a special awards ceremony on Thursday 26 September at the NOMA. Winners were determined by the audience voting on short films of the projects made by Manchester Community Reporters, see the winners on the MyManchester website. You can also see some of the projects films on our Give locally pages.
The raffle and silent auction on the night raised over £400 for the We Love MCR charity.
Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Naeem ul Hassan said: “It was an honour to present the Spirit Awards and recognise all the volunteers and community groups who help make Manchester a better place to live. The awards are a way for us all to show our appreciation for the time and hard work local residents have given to help other people. This type of community spirit is what truly makes Manchester a world-class city.
The evening also raised a lot of money for the We Love Manchester charity and I’d like to thank everyone who put their hand in their pocket. The money will help us continue to improve lives and the life chances of Manchester people.”
The winners of the eight award categories are:
Click on the links to watch their films
- Volunteer of the year - Colette Cronshaw, The Men’s Room
- Volunteer involving organisation – The Booth Centre
- Small business of the year - Community Minded Ltd
- Most innovative group - Simply Cycling
- Best service user involving organisation - Indian Senior Citizens Centre
- Most successful campaign - Greater Manchester Poverty Commission
- Best partnership initiative - Manchester Refugee Employment Partnership
- Contribution to the voluntary and community sector - Breakthrough UK
'Our Spirit of Manchester Awards event last week was a fantastic celebration of the role the 3,000 voluntary and community groups play in this city. From the efforts of individual volunteers to campaigns run by several working in partnership, what came out loud and clear was the sense of commitment to the communities of Manchester.
In these difficult times, it’s important that we applaud that, while also reminding everyone of the issues we are trying to tackle. There are many people who feel excluded, lonely, vulnerable, struggling and there are many people who are working hard to help, to make a difference and to change lives. We shared some of those stories to inspire and encourage more people to get involved. We were delighted to receive so much support from local businesses, the City Council and the Lord Mayor in doing so.’
Mike Wild, Chief Executive Macc
Thank you to our five Judges who determined the shortlisted candidates; the Lord Mayor of Manchester – Councillor Naeem ul Hassan, who also presented the awards on the evening, Jeremy Myers - the riot clean up man, Val Jones - Chief Executive Officer, Social Enterprise North West of England, Atiha Chaudry - Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and Maya Sharma - Heritage Lottery Fund.
Thank you also to The co-operative who provided the venue, buffet and drinks and to the generous supporters who donated prizes for our raffle and auction.
We took some great photos of the ceremony which can be found on our Flickr page.
For more information contact Hannah, Email: Hannah@macc.org.uk Tel: 0161 834 9823. Make sure you don’t miss on the next awards subscribe to our e-bulletin.