Meet our finalists:
1. Lifetime Achievement:
Daventry Area Community Transport (DACT) – a volunteer led transport scheme that supports older people and people with disabilities or a health condition, particularly during cold weather spells, so they can leave their homes and access services and activities across Daventry and the surrounding area.
Indian Hindu Welfare Organisation – a group committed to community cohesion and raising cultural and religious awareness. One of their big achievements has been their work around Diwali, the winter festival of lights. It has become a landmark event and involves lots of schools and community groups in its lead-up.
Northampton Black History – which collects, preserve and shares local history working with African, Asian and African Caribbean communities. This research has been used to create publications, exhibitions, education workshops, projects and learning packs for schools, families and adults.
Growing Together Northampton – a Blackthorn-based group which provides a nursery, holiday play scheme, breakfast club, youth activities and more to families on a low income, with a focus on tackling food poverty.
2. The Edge:
Brookside Hall – educational support for particularly vulnerable residents in the east of Northampton, helping support people back into education and/or employment.
Restore Northampton – a town centre-based group which provides support, a food bank and other crisis services for families on the bread line.
Live at Home Northampton – outreach for older people at risk of isolation and loneliness. Providing regular social activities, outings and a befriending service across Northampton.
Citizens Advice Services, Corby and Kettering - supporting people in crisis who have been affected by the withdrawal of disability allowance and/ or are at risk of losing much needed benefits.
3. Best Newcomer:
Rushton Parish News Publication ‘The Triangle’ – a monthly community magazine which provides regular information and updates to local residents.
Crick Scarecrow Festival – an annual event which brings the village alive with living history, music and re-enactments.
Montagu Moments at St Edmund’s Church – for its Pilgrimage of Kindness to the church to promote heritage, volunteering and build local community connections.
Ashton Conker Club - an annual competition that puts Northamptonshire on the world map.
Buddies of Beckets – which holds a range of wellbeing activities to encourage the park to be well used.
Bellinge Community House – whose diverse range of activities provide a programme of taster events and help identify community champions to support wellbeing for residents.
Groundwork Northamptonshire/The Green Patch – a Kettering group which targets people of all ages with mental health issues and disabilities, using gardening as a means to enabling people to meet and be supported.
Royal & Derngate – for its outreach project that targets young people and supports them to become art leaders.
HD Media CIC – a Corby group committed to improving the arts by providing podcasts led by young people and residents.
5. The Brilliant Group:
Deafconnect – which offers a year-long programme of activities for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Singing 4 Breathing – a singing class for people with lung diseases. Transport is provided to these classes, with people travelling to Northampton from across the county.
Mounts Mums Minis – these 90-minute sessions are for mums and children, with support services for mums when the classes have finished.
Krush Klub, from iDID Adventure – this pilot scheme offered wake boarding activities, targeted at young women to boost their confidence during teenage years.