IT'S REACH FOR THE STARS
...as winners are announced for Inverclyde Community Awards 2015
Winners of the Reach for the Stars Inverclyde Community Awards 2015 have been revealed at a glittering awards dinner in the Beacon Arts Centre.
Welfare benefit and money advice charity, Financial Fitness, lifted the Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2015 title, which was selected by a hotly contested people's vote involving five finalists. Financial Fitness also won the Equalities and Inclusion award, sponsored by the Oak Mall Shopping Centre, one of seven categories decided by panels of independent judges.
The annual awards initiative, which recognises and rewards the achievements of the region's third sector, comprising charities, social enterprises, voluntary organisations and volunteers, is organised by third sector interface CVS Inverclyde in partnership with Trust Volunteering Inverclyde.
Winners in each of the eight categories are:
• Voluntary Organisation of the Year – sponsored by InverLotto
A group or organisation that has delivered outstanding services in the community – the People's Vote.
Winner – Financial Fitness
Finalists - Ardgowan Hospice, Enterprise Childcare, MindMosaic Counselling and Therapy and Moving On Inverclyde
• Volunteer of the Year – sponsored by River Clyde Homes
A local person over 25 years of age giving outstanding service and support to the local community as an unpaid volunteer.
Joint winners Gillian Bowker and Lynne Quinn – both Inverclyde Happy Tots and nominated for their work with the Breastfeeding Network;
Commended Finalist, Patrick Gillan - Quarriers
• Young Volunteer of the Year – sponsored by CVS Inverclyde
A local person under 25 years of age giving outstanding service and support to the local community as an unpaid volunteer.
Winner - Richard Browning, who volunteers in a wide variety of community-based activities
Commended Finalist - Shannon Carter, who volunteers with the Hidden Project and Community Learning Development
Finalist - Megan Brawley, a Volunteer Activity Worker with Quarriers
• Social Enterprise Development – sponsored by Peel Ports - Clydeport
A group or organisation that has demonstrated achievement in generating income through trading.
Winner - In-work Enterprises Ltd
Finalists – Hammys Out of School Care, Quarriers and WEvolution
• Community Champions: Equalities & Inclusion – sponsored by Oak Mall Shopping Centre
A group or organisation that has worked effectively in its community to celebrate diversity, reduce barriers or increase opportunities for those who are marginalised in society.
Winner – Financial Fitness
Finalists - Branchton Community Centre and Moving On Inverclyde
• Sports & Activities – sponsored by Inverclyde Life
A group or organisation that provides sporting or other social activities for local people -
Winner - Greenock Morton Community Trust
Finalists - Branchton Community Centre and East End United Boys Club
• Arts & Culture
A group or organisation that provides opportunities for local people to engage in art, music, heritage, drama, literature, photography or other cultural endeavours.
Winner – RIG Arts
Finalist - Moving On Inverclyde
• Health & Care – sponsored by Inverclyde HSCP
A group or organisation that has contributed to a healthier Inverclyde or provides care services.
Winner – the Advisory Group (TAG)
Finalists - Muirshiel Centre and REACH for Autism
"With TV presenter Jean Johansson at the helm as our dinner host, the Reach for the Stars awards evening at the Beacon was a great celebration of Inverclyde's vibrant third sector community," said Ian Bruce, Executive Officer of CVS Inverclyde. "We congratulate our winners and also all shortlisted candidates in beating stiff competition to reach the finals.
"Through our Inverclyde Community Awards we are paying tribute to organisations, groups and individuals who excel in service provision and support for their local community. Together, they also help deliver a significant contribution to our local economy. We would like to thank our sponsors and independent judges who have joined with us to highlight that the spirit of Inverclyde's third sector community is truly alive and kicking."
Category winners were presented with a crystal trophy and certificate, with Financial Fitness also being awarded an Inverclyde Community Fund grant of £500 as winner of the Voluntary Organisation of the Year. Vouchers were awarded to the six individual volunteer finalists and all shortlisted candidates received a certificate.
A prize draw, in aid of the Inverclyde Community Fund, raised more than £1,000 on the night for the local grant making body, which is administered by CVS Inverclyde.
CVS Inverclyde's award partners this year included Oak Mall Shopping Centre, Peel Ports – Clydeport, Inverclyde HSCP, River Clyde Homes, Inverclyde Life, InverLotto, Cardwell Garden Centre and Unity Bank.