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Spirit of Manchester Awards

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This year's Spirit of Manchester Awards are now closed for nominations. Thank you for all your nominations, our judging panel is due to meet shortly to go through all your nominations and we will publish the shortlist soon!

The Spirit of Manchester Awards is a series of awards celebrating and highlighting all the excellent work being carried out in Manchester’s voluntary and community sector. Last year was a great success and we want to make this year even bigger and better.

2016 Categories

Volunteer of the Year
Open to all volunteers within the city of Manchester. Volunteers should be nominated by the organisation that they volunteer for.
Applications need to show how they:
• Go above and beyond their role
• Inspire and motivate others to volunteer
• Have made an impact

Volunteer involving organisation of the year
Organisations can nominate themselves or be nominated by a volunteer. Applications for this award should demonstrate how the organisation:
• Promotes, retains and rewards volunteers / volunteering
• Makes volunteers feel part of the team
• Promotes volunteering through their vision and values

Volunteering team of the year
Volunteer teams should be nominated by the organisation they volunteer for. Applications 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

Equalities award
Organisations can nominate themselves. The work must have taken place in Manchester within the last 12 months.
Applications must show:
• 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
• Have made an impact

Business citizenship award
Businesses must have an office in Manchester. Businesses can nominate themselves or be nominated by a voluntary sector organisation.
Applicants must show how they:
• Take responsibility for creating and supporting higher standards of living and quality of life in the communities in which they operate
• Have adopted socially valuable policies such as Living Wage, Local Procurement etc.
• Developed initiatives which involve and engage the private and voluntary and community sectors and utilise their skills, expertise and resources for ‘local good’
• Have worked in local relationships with the voluntary and community sector

Best service user involving organisation
Organisations can nominate themselves or be nominated by a user.
Applicants need to show:
• How they involve the people who benefit from the service in delivery and shaping the service
• Examples can include service users on the board, asking for feedback regularly or holding consultations. Have service users become staff / volunteers in delivering the service?

Most successful campaign / innovative project
Organisations can nominate themselves or be nominated by a user.
Applications should demonstrate:
• How the organisation saw a need for change / action
• How they made a difference
• How they showed innovative practices to make a difference

Best partnership initiative / collaboration
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.
Applicants need to show:
• How they made a difference by working in partnership

Health and wellbeing award
Nominations need to be from small community groups with an annual income of less than £100,000. Groups can nominate themselves or be nominated by a user.
Applications should show how they:
• Actively encourage others to get involved in improving wellbeing in their community.

Best Community Space
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 a user.
Application must show:
• Best use of a community space
• How the space is seen as central within the community
• The impact it has within the local community
This award will be voted for online using interactive voting on the website.

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 event.
Applications should show:
• How the individual has made a significant contribution to the voluntary and community sector over the years

If you have any questions regarding the nominations or the programme please contact Cheryl on 0161 834 9823, or email: cheryl@macc.org.uk

Take a look at last year's winners here

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

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