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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 shortlist for our Sprit of Manchester Awards 2018. Thank you to everyone who made a nomination and thank to our judges for deciding the shortlist. The winners will be announced at our Awards Ceremony in October. Help us celebrate and reward the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector by supporting our awards.

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 Shortlist

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

  • Pauline Ainscough
  • David Callicott
  • Laura Smethurst

Volunteer Involving Organisation of the Year

  • Back on Track
  • Home-start Manchester
  • LGBT Foundation

Volunteering Team of the Year

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

Employee Volunteering Award

  • University of Manchester’s School Governor Initiative

Equalities Award

  • Back on Track
  • Manchester Deaf Centre
  • Odd Arts

Business Award (supported by LLoyds Banking Group)

  • Cracking Good Food
  • Savvy Guest
  • Yipiyap Ltd

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

  • Back on Track
  • The Curve Leaving Care Service
  • Manchester Deaf Centre

Inspiring Campaign (supported by Manchester Local Care Organisation)

  • 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)

  • Foodinate
  • Maya Project
  • The Pankhurst Centre

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

  • Abraham Moss Warriors at the Heart of the Community
  • Manchester Refugee Support Network
  • 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 that has been shortlisted.

We will be making films of all the nominees, which will be shown at our Awards Ceremony in October where attendees will vote for the winners. Look out for your chance to buy a ticket to attend our Awards Ceremony soon!

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.

Support our Spirit of Manchester Awards, help us celebrate and reward the voluntary and community sector for all their hard work. Find out how to become a support here