Spirit of Manchester is back!
Macc calls on Manchester’s residents and organisations to nominate the shining stars of the local community.
Nominations for the Spirit of Manchester Awards, which celebrate and recognise examples of the amazing work were held in Manchester. The ceremony involved a variety of Manchester’s voluntary and community groups, charities, social enterprises and volunteers.
Run by Macc, a charity which provides support to Manchester’s voluntary and community sector, the awards aim to celebrate those delivering fantastic work across the city. It also aims to celebrate people who give up their time to put something back into their communities.
There are over 3,000 social enterprises, charities and voluntary and community groups in Manchester alone. Within them over 100,000 local people contribute their free time to a huge range of causes across the city. Some of the organisations Macc works with include familiar local charities such as the Booth Centre, Mustard Tree, 42nd Street as well as smaller groups.
Winner of a 2016 Spirit of Manchester award, Phil Girling from Self Help Services, said: “When our name got called out, it was a huge surprise!
Mr Girling continued, “We felt shocked, excited, moved, and extremely pleased. It’s brilliant to have this recognition and validation of the excellent work that we’ve put into service user involvement and coproduction at Self Help”.
Nominations for this year’s awards are now open and close on Sunday 30 April. Anyone wanting to nominate a volunteer or organisation they know are doing great work in Manchester should fill in the online nomination form on the Macc website.
The Awards will be held in October at a major city centre venue to be announced during the summer. Last year’s awards event was one of the top trending national topics on Twitter throughout the evening.
Not a black-tie dinner
Macc’s chief executive, Mike Wild said: “The Macc team has organised and run the Spirit of Manchester Awards for the past four years. We have very little budget for this but every year we manage to pull it together through shared effort, creative thinking, goodwill and above all working with fantastic partners across the city”.
“Unlike other award evenings, this is not a black-tie dinner. We host a live vote where guests can see for themselves great examples of work Manchester’s voluntary sector does. It’s a celebration, bringing everyone together to give hard-working volunteers and organisations which do so much for our communities some much-deserved recognition”.
The categories for the Spirit of Manchester Awards 2017 are:
- Volunteer of the year
- Volunteer Involving Organisation of the Year
- Volunteering Team of the Year
- Equalities Award
- Business Citizenship award
- Best Service User Involving Organisation
- Most Inspiring Campaign
- Best Partnership Initiative / Collaboration
- Health and Wellbeing Award
- Best Community Space
- The Dr Sylvia Sham Award for Contribution to the Sector
Nominations close 30 April 2017.
Photo Credit: Macc