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Awards criteria and guidelines 2019

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 - you can still apply whilst your membership is being processed
  • Businesses applying for the Business citizenship award do not need to be members of Macc
  • Applicants 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, organisations and businesses can nominate themselves
  • Volunteers need to be nominated by a Manchester based voluntary or community group/organisation that they volunteer for

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.

Applicants need to write a maximum of 200 words showing how they have met the below criteria over the last year. (The Contribution to the Sector award can cover more than the last year). Please note: The description you provide here, if shortlisted, will be used in our publicity brochure which will be handed out at the Awards Ceremony and in the case of the Best Community Cohesion and Best Community Space Awards it will also be used in publicity materials to encourage people to vote for the organisation. One nomination is adequate – it isn’t the number of nominations that will determine if an applicant is shortlisted, it is the content of the application.

Video
By applying for an award you are agreeing for a short film (maximum of one minute long) to be made about your work/volunteer if you are shortlisted. These films will be shown at the awards evening and will be voted on to determine the winner of each category. They will be uploaded to the Community Reporter website and can also be used on your website and for you to generally publicise your work.

Shortlisting
All nominations received will be forwarded to the judging panel for assessment against the criteria detailed below. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by Friday 31 May 2019 by email or telephone so please ensure the details supplied on the nomination form are correct. Please note we are unable to notify the nominator of successful candidates nor is it possible to inform unsuccessful candidates or give feedback.

If you need any help please contact Cheryl, on 0161 834 9823, or email: cheryl@macc.org.uk

The deadline has been extended to 6 May (midnight)

The awards event will be at the beginning of October and all shortlisted nominees will be invited.

To apply please complete our short nomination form by clicking Nominate below - fill in your details, select the category you are nominating for and write a maximum of 200 words showing how the nominee has met the criteria for that category over the last year. Please note: one nomination per person/organisation for the same category, is adequate, making multiple nominations will not influence any decisions.

Good luck!

2019 Award Categories and criteria

Volunteer of the Year
Open to all volunteers within the city of Manchester. Volunteers should be nominated by the organisation that they volunteer for. Nominations must show:

  • How they go above and beyond their role
  • How they inspire and motivate others to volunteer
  • The impact they have made

Volunteering Team Award
Volunteer teams should be nominated by the organisation they volunteer for. Nominations must show:

  • How the team has made an impact to the organisation and the wider community
  • Give a demonstration of how a team has worked together on a specific project / challenge
  • Where the team have remained organised and shown innovation

Volunteer Involving Organisation Award
Organisations can nominate themselves or be nominated by a volunteer. Nominations must show how the organisation:

  • Promotes, retains and rewards volunteers / volunteering
  • Makes volunteers feel part of the team
  • Promotes volunteering through their vision and values

Trustee/Committee Member of the Year
Open to individual trustees/committee members of voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations within the City of Manchester. The trustee/committee member should be nominated by the organisation for whom they are a trustee/committee member. Nominations must show:

  • What positive difference the trustee/committee member has made in the organisation
  • What qualities, knowledge and skills they bring to the Board or Committee
  • How they support other trustees/committee members and develop good governance
  • How they are a champion for the organisation

By Trustee/Committee Member we mean unpaid roles as trustees, committee members, board members or directors.

Service User Involving Organisation Award
Organisations can nominate themselves or be nominated by a person who uses the organisation’s services. Nominations must show:

  • How they involve the people who benefit from the service in delivery and shaping the service
  • Examples such as including service users on the board, asking for feedback regularly or holding consultations. Have service users become staff / volunteers in delivering the service?

Inspiring Campaign Award
Organisations can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Nominations must show:

  • How the organisation saw a need for change / action
  • How they were creative or innovative in the campaign
  • How they made a difference

Partnership and Collaboration Award
Organisations can nominate themselves or be nominated by a user. Partnerships can be voluntary or community sector organisation working with the public sector, private company or another community group. Nominations must show:

  • How they made a difference by working in partnership

Equalities Award
Organisations can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. The work must have taken place in Manchester within the last 12 months. Nominations must show:

  • How they address equalities issues and challenge discrimination – working on one or more of the following issues: race, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, faith or other issues for which people experience discrimination
  • The impact they have made

Business Award
Open to private businesses only. Businesses can nominate themselves or be nominated by a local voluntary sector organisation. This is for local businesses who are taking some responsibility for creating and supporting higher standards of living and quality of life in the communities in which they operate, while still being profitable. Nominations must show:

  • Use of legal, ethical, environmental, social and financial responsibilities to be a force for good in local communities. Examples could include paying the real Living Wage, buying from local suppliers, reducing environmental impact or recruiting local people
  • Actively involving and engaging with the local community and the voluntary sector to utilise their skills, expertise and resources for local good

Employee Volunteering Award
For an individual or group of staff who have done some great work in the community through an employee volunteering scheme. Volunteers should be nominated by their employer. Nominations must show:

  • How they have gone the extra mile
  • How they have been creative, using their existing skills in a new way

Community Space Award
A community space can be a piece of land or a building available for use by the community. Organisations can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Nominations much must show:

  • Best use of a community space
  • How the space is seen as central within the community
  • The impact it has within the community

This award will be voted for online using interactive voting on the Manchester Community Central website.

Community Cohesion Award
For an individual or group who has done some great work to bring communities together to understand, appreciate and positively value each other. The work must have taken place in Manchester within the last 12 months. Nominations must show:

  • Activities which have brought together people from across more than one community. These can be communities which are about a shared place, a shared identity or shared interests
  • How they promote growing together in harmony rather than conflict and celebrate the diverse nature of the people who live, work and study in this city

Health and Wellbeing Award
Nominated groups must have an annual income of less than £500,000 per year. Groups can nominate themselves or be nominated by a user. Nominations must show how they:

  • Actively encourage others to get involved in improving wellbeing in their community

The Dr Sylvia Sham Award for Contribution to the Sector
This category is for an individual and can be wider than their contribution in the last year. An organisation, colleague or service user can nominate the individual and the overall winner will be picked by the panel of judges and told before the Awards event. Nominations must show how the individual has made a significant contribution to the voluntary and community sector over a number of years.

 

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

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