Published - Wednesday, 07 October, 2015
Twenty two groups from across Kettering, Corby, Daventry and Northampton were up for an award across six categories, Education & Skills, Health & Well-being, Tackling Disadvantage & Exclusion, Arts, Culture and Heritage and the High Sheriff Initiative Award.
In memory of Lady Juliet Townsend, past Patron of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Lady Juliet’s husband John Townsend presented a special Award for Volunteering. Lady Juliet was instrumental in helping to establish and grow the Northamptonshire Community Foundation and was a huge supporter of the work that the Foundation has done in funding mainly volunteer led groups across the county. The eight nominations highlighted the outstanding commitment, passion and energy given by the volunteers and their value to the community groups they support. The winner of this award Mrs June Clay has been a volunteer at Northamptonshire Carers Centre for over 15 years.
Performances by the Serbian Ensemble St Eliah Corby and Liberty Drum Corps entertained the guests who saw the winners take to the stage, including a World War One History group, a community learning centre helping to increase employability and life skills, a group providing music therapy for people suffering from neuro-degenerative disease, and a group providing a specialist service to increase awareness of solvent abuse.
The University of Northampton generously sponsored the event for the third year and Professor Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor of The University of Northampton said: “I am delighted that the University is the key sponsor of these Awards and of an evening that recognises and celebrates the achievements of so many organisations and individuals. The University of Northampton’s Mission is to transform lives and inspire change - every one nominated in these awards has exemplified this aspiration and, through their passion, commitment and dedication, made a significant positive impact on their local community”.
Other judges included David Summers, Editor of the Chronicle & Echo, Chris Knight of Hewitsons, Ian Tansley of Rathbones Investment, Mark Mulvey of Hevey Building Supplies, Morcea Walker MBE Northampton Carnival Arts Consortium, NCF Trustee Sally Robinson and High Sheriff, Dr Ahmed Mukhtar.
Here are all the winners from the night:
Education & Skills Award Winner: Brookside Community Hall This community learning centre offers a programme of courses to enable some of Northamptonshire’s most vulnerable residents to increase their self-confidence, employability and life skills.
Health & Wellbeing Award Winner: Pink Rooster Through the provision of music therapy, creative arts and interactive music sessions this group aim to provide relief and assist the recovery of people suffering from neuro-degenerative disease. There grant supported a Care Home Dementia Project to 25 venues across the county.
Tackling Disadvantage & Exclusion Award Winner: Accommodation Concern – Kettering This group works with people who are homeless or in a vulnerable housing position and they received a grant to support an outreach activity to vulnerable clients.
Arts, Culture & Heritage Award Winner: Higham Ferrers World War One History Group Research by this group created a catalogue of data on the contribution made by Higham Ferrers during the Great War 1914-1918. The grant supported the publishing of a book providing a historical trail relating to the men of Higham Ferrers who served in the Great War.
The High Sheriff Initiative Award Winner: Solve It. Over the past twenty five years Solve It have provided a specialist service dedicated to increasing awareness of solvent abuse. The group has helped in reducing the level of Solvent Abuse within all sections of society.
The Lady Juliet Townsend Award for Volunteering Winner: Mrs June Clay, a volunteer at Northamptonshire Carers.
The 2015 Annual Awards winners