Winners of our Sector Star Awards • November 2016
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Our sector star awards, which take place every two years, recognise and thank local volunteers and organisations for all their dedication, hard work and enthusiasm.

This year we received over 165 nominations for an award!! We'd like to say a very big thank you to our panel of judges, who had the very unenviable task of trying to pick the shiniest stars from among all the stars that had been nominated. 

We'd like to have been able to give an award to everyone, because we think that all the nominees deserve to be recognised. They're all stars! But sadly, this was just not possible. All those nominated will however receive a certificate from us in recognition of their nomination.

Our star-studded awards ceremony took place last week. It was attended by over 200 people, and was hosted by local comedian, Drew Cameron. We were utterly delighted to give out 24 awards under 12 categories. Read on for details of who the winners are.
We're delighted that a number of local businesses supported our sector star awards. We'd like to say a very big thank you to them for all their support and for celebrating with us some of the amazing activities which are making our local areas better. You can find out more about our awards supporters on our website.

Our sector star awards were kindly supported by American Express®.

The Lifetime Achievement Award and Outstanding Volunteering Contribution Award for Young People were kindly supported by Brightminded.

The Excellence in Furthering Equality, Diversity and Engagement were kindly supported by Brighton and Hove Buses.

The Biggest Impact in the Local Area Award was kindly supported by City College Brighton and Hove
And the winners are...

Most Creative Approach to Community Cohesion Award

The winner was chosen for their sessions which have fostered community integration and cohesion between groups of people that wouldn't normally have a chance to meet and become friends. Congratulations to Brighton Table Tennis Club who provide role models to support the personal development of young people. 

Excellence in Furthering Equality, Diversity and Engagement Award
Both winners showed their commitment to furthering equality and diversity and ensuring our local areas are an inclusive place for all. Congratulations to Family Friends and Travellers who help travellers get a fair deal, and to MindOut who provide mental health services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer people. 

Best Partnership or Collaboration Award
Both winners showed expertise in how to work in partnership to ensure effective service delivery. Between them, they've formed partnerships with over 50 organisations and agencies to empower some of our most isolated residents. Congratulations to Sussex Armed Forces Network who work together to improve the lives of the armed forces community, and to Time to Talk Befriending who tackle loneliness among older people.

Best member of a Committee or Trustee Board Award
This was a difficult category as there were so many excellent nominations! Congratulations to Dave Ely, who has volunteered for 21 years with Safety Net who improve the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; and to Billie Lewis, who received three nominations for an award, from LGBT Community Safety Forum who address and improve safety and access issues throughout Brighton & Hove. 

Most effective Community Works Rep Award
Both winners showed dedication and commitment. Congratulations to Jessica Sumner, who has improved collaboration between the health sector and our members, from Age UK Brighton & Hove who improve the quality of life of older people; and to Kirsty Walker, whose made sure the voices of smaller groups are heard, from Trust for Developing Communities who support community activity. Thank you for your efforts.

Most Innovative Commission or Public Sector Service Collaboration Award
The winner was an example of a truly cross-sector collaboration with multiple partners across the city. Congratulations to Brighton & Hove Food Action Plan which has made action to tackle food poverty happen.

Greatest Contribution to the Community by a Business Award
The judges wanted to particularly acknowledge the winner's commitment to equality and diversity through their support to disabled people and improving accessibility locally. Congratulations to Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company who provide local transport services. 

Outstanding Volunteering Contribution: Young People Award
Both the winners have grown from being recipients of services to being involved in delivering services to others and to steering their organisations. Their contributions, hard work and dedication is truly amazing. Congratulations to Jordan from Trust for Developing Communities who support community activity, and to Mattias from Right Here who support young people across Sussex. 

Outstanding Volunteering Contribution: Adults Award
The judges wanted to recognise the achievements of individuals and teams of volunteers. Congratulations to Raminder Gill from the Hangleton & Knoll Multi Cultural Women's Group who promote the wellbeing of and arrange activities for women living locally, and to Ann Bradley from Grace Eyre who support people with learning disabilities. Both Raminder and Ann, have worked tirelessly for local residents and their communities. Congratulations also to Sussex Interpreting Services' Volunteer Linguists who provide community interpreting, and to Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans's Volunteers who provide confidential emotional support. The teams' work is so well known it is easy to forget the commitment given. 

Small Group, Big Achiever Award
The winners created a service that didn't previously exist for women at a vulnerable time in their lives and created a community asset that will be there for future generations. Thank you! Congratulations to Brighton Open Air Theatre, which provides space for local artists and performers to perform, and to Mothers Uncovered who provide a creative support network and safe space for new mothers.

Biggest Impact in the Local Area Award
The judges wanted to recognise a small group and a large organisation. Congratulations to the Hollingdean Lucky Dip who organise regular fayres to bring the community together, and to Sussex Community Foundation who raise funds for and make grants to charities and community groups locally.

Lifetime Achievement Award
This was by far the most difficult category for the judges. We're very lucky to have such committed individuals making such a difference. Between them the winners have contributed over 90 years to local voluntary and community activity, making a huge difference to their organisations and the causes they fight for. We're very proud to acknowledge their hard work and commitment, and can't thank them enough! Congratulations to Chris Todd from Friends of the Earth who work to improve the environment, and to Jackie Fuller from the North Laine Community Association who promote the interests of residents of North Laine, and to Marion Silsby from Honeycroft who provide affordable daycare for children.  


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