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Spirit of Manchester Awards

Spirit of Manchester Awards

The Spirit of Manchester Awards is a series of awards which Macc has been running since 2013. The Awards celebrate and highlight all the excellent work being carried out in Manchester’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. There are hundreds of charities and community groups all across the city and thousands of local people at work every day to support our communities.

We’re very happy to announce the winners of our Sprit of Manchester Awards 2018. Thank you to everyone who made a nomination and thank to our judges for deciding the shortlist. Thank you to everyone who joined in the celebration at our Awards Ceremony on 4 October. Finally thank you to all of our supporters.

This year's main supporter is:

Fabulous Fan Fayre

We would like to thank Fabulous Fan Fayre for all their support with the Spirit of Manchester Awards 2018.

Fabulous Fan Fayre has kindly donated the venue for the ceremony and the catering for the evening.


Spirit of Manchester Awards 2018 Winners

Volunteer of the Year (supported by Wythenshawe Community Housing Group)

Winner: Laura Smethurst


  • Pauline Ainscough
  • David Callicott

Volunteer Involving Organisation of the Year

Winner: Home-start Manchester


  • Back on Track
  • LGBT Foundation

Volunteering Team of the Year

Winner: The Booth Centre

  • Get Help Give Help – Peer Support Groups
  • Village Angels / Village Haven

Employee Volunteering Award

Winner: University of Manchester’s School Governor Initiative

Equalities Award

Winner: Manchester Deaf Centre


  • Back on Track
  • Odd Arts

Business Award (supported by LLoyds Banking Group)

Winner: Cracking Good Food


  • Savvy Guest
  • Yipiyap Ltd

Service User Involving Organisation (supported by the University of Manchester)

Winner: The Curve Leaving Care Service

  • Back on Track
  • Manchester Deaf Centre

Inspiring Campaign (supported by Manchester Local Care Organisation)

Winner: REIGN

  • Cracking Good Food
  • Loneliness Connects Us - 42nd Street and Manchester Metropolitan University  (MMU) supported by the Co-op Foundation

Partnership and Collaboration Award (supported by Wythenshawe Community Housing Group)

Winner: Maya Project

  • Foodinate
  • The Pankhurst Centre

Health and Wellbeing Award (supported by Manchester Health and Care Commissioning)

Winner: Manchester Refugee Support Network

  • Abraham Moss Warriors at the Heart of the Community
  • Our People, Our Place – Barlow Moor Community Association (Health and Wellbeing Zone

Community Cohesion (supported by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust)

Winner: Rainbow Surprise


  • All FM
  • Flourish Together CIC
  • Human Appeal
  • Manchester City of Sanctuary

(The winner for this award was decided by an online vote)

Community Space

Winner: Westcroft Community Centre


  • Bridge 5 Mill
  • Communities for All Ltd
  • Coverdale and Newbank Community Association
  • Firmstart CIC
  • Heaven on Earth The Space
  • LGBT Foundation
  • Miners Community Arts and Music Centre
  • Northmoor Community Association
  • Welcome Centre Urban Farm Volunteers

(The winner for this Award was decided by an online vote)

Dr Sylvia Sham Award for Contribution to the Sector

Winner: Karen Brackenridge

Congratulations to everyone!

Spirit of Manchester Awards 2017 Winners and Nominees
Take a look at the winners from last year’s awards here

How it works - here's how the process works, how nominations are handled and how all of this happens.

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