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.
This year's Spirit of Manchester Awards are now closed for nominations.
Don't miss the chance to highlight and celebrate all the work you do in Manchester’s voluntary and community sector. Maybe you volunteer your time or you are part of a community group or you may be from a business that gives back to the community. Whatever it is this is your chance to showcase your work.
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.
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
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
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.
Spirit of Manchester Awards 2018 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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