Finalists revealed for Inverclyde Community Awards

Finalists have been announced for Reach for the Stars! - the Inverclyde Community Awards 2016, the annual initiative that recognises and rewards the achievements of the region’s vibrant third sector communities.


The awards, run by third sector interface CVS Inverclyde in partnership with Trust Volunteering Inverclyde, will see charities, social enterprises, voluntary organisations and volunteers rewarded for their contribution to the local community.  Winners in seven categories will be unveiled at the Reach for the Stars Awards Dinner in the Beacon Arts Centre on Wednesday 9 November, which is being hosted by TV presenter Jean Johansson.


While judges decide on the winner in six of the categories, the Voluntary Organisation of the Year, sponsored by Peel Ports – Clydeport, will be hotly contested as a People’s Vote to select who will win out of five shortlisted finalists – Branchton Community Centre, Enterprise Childcare, Future Skills Inverclyde, Inverclyde Tourist Group and MindMosaic Counselling and Therapy.  Thousands of public votes are expected again this year in support of their chosen finalist, which can be cast online before the closing date of Monday 22 October at:


The shortlisted finalists for the 2016 awards categories are:


Health & Care sponsored by Inverclyde HSCP - A group or organisation that has contributed to a healthier Inverclyde or provides care services – the finalists are:

Ardgowan Hospice, iHeat (The Wise Group), Muirshiel Centre & Muirshiel Home Maintenance Service


Innovation sponsored by Trust Volunteering - A group or organisation that is doing something new, something original or something brave – this could be something new to them or to the sector, such as an adaptation, or a new way of tackling a long-standing problem - the finalists are:

5 Mummies Make SRG (Self Reliant Group) and RIG Arts 


Community Champions: Equalities & Inclusion sponsored by River Clyde Homes - 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 - the finalists are:

ALFI (Adult Learners Forum Inverclyde), Belville Community Garden Trust, Financial Fitness


Sports & Activities sponsored by Inverclyde Life ( - A group or organisation that provides sporting or other social activities for local people - the finalists are:

Gourock Golf Club, Greenock Light Opera Club, Greenock United FC


Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Millions Sweets - A local person aged over 25 who contributes outstanding service and support to the local community as an unpaid volunteer - the finalists are:

Ian McArthur, James McDonald, Jenny Speck 


Volunteer Team of the Year sponsored by Oak Mall Shopping Centre - A group of people (two or more) who contribute outstanding service and support to the local community as unpaid volunteers - the finalists are:

Barnardo’s Inverclyde Nurture Service, Greenock Cut Conservation Volunteers, Heartstart Inverclyde


The finalists are now being filmed by West College Scotland HND and HNC Creative Industries Television students for screening at the Awards Dinner in November. Seats for the dinner, which are discounted until Friday 18 October, can be booked on the Eventbrite page at:


A charity prize raffle will take place on the evening in aid of the Inverclyde Community Fund.

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