Winners Announced for Inverclyde Community Awards
Winners of the Reach for the Stars Inverclyde Community Awards 2016 have been revealed at a glittering awards dinner in the Beacon Arts Centre, hosted by TV presenter Jean Johansson.
Branchton Community Centre lifted the Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2016 title, which was selected by a hotly contested people’s vote after five finalists were shortlisted by judges.
The awards, run by third sector interface CVS Inverclyde, in partnership with Trust Volunteering Inverclyde, saw charities, social enterprises, voluntary organisations and volunteers rewarded for their contribution to the local community.
Films shot by West College Scotland Creative Industries Television students, as part of their curricular activities, introduced finalists in the seven categories, before each winner was announced. Joining Branchton Community Centre in the winning line up are:
Health & Care sponsored by Inverclyde HSCP - A group or organisation that has contributed to a healthier Inverclyde or provides care services:
Winner - Muirshiel Centre & Muirshiel Home Maintenance Service
Finalists: Ardgowan Hospice, iHeat (The Wise Group)
Sports & Activities sponsored by Inverclyde Life www.inverclydelife.com - A group or organisation that provides sporting or other social activities for local people:
Winner – Greenock United Football Club
Finalists - Gourock Golf Club, Greenock Light Opera Club
Innovation sponsored by Trust Volunteering - A group or organisation that is doing something new, something original or something brave – something new to them or to the sector, such as an adaptation, or a new way of tackling a long-standing problem:
Winner - RIG Arts
Finalists - 5 Mummies Make SRG (Self Reliant Group)
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:
Winner – Belville Community Garden Trust
Finalists - ALFI (Adult Learners Forum Inverclyde), Financial Fitness
Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Millions Sweets - A local person who contributes outstanding service and support to the local community as an unpaid volunteer:
Winner - James McDonald
Finalists - Ian McArthur, Jenny Speck
Volunteer Team of the Year sponsored by Oak Mall Shopping Centre - A group of people who contribute outstanding service and support to the local community as unpaid volunteers:
Winner – Greenock Cut Conservation Volunteers
Finalist - Barnardo’s Inverclyde Nurture Service, Heartstart Inverclyde
Finalists who lined up with Branchton Community Centre for the Voluntary Organisation of the Year category were Enterprise Childcare, Future Skills Inverclyde, Inverclyde Tourist Group and MindMosaic Counselling and Therapy.
“Our Reach for the Stars awards evening at the Beacon was a great celebration of Inverclyde’s vibrant third sector community,” said Ian Bruce, Executive Officer of CVS Inverclyde. “We congratulate our winners and also all the finalists who gave our judges another challenge in making their selection.
“Through our Inverclyde Community Awards we pay tribute to organisations, groups and individuals who excel in service provision and support for their local community and deliver a significant contribution to our local economy. We would like to thank our sponsors and independent judges, who have joined with us to highlight that the spirit of Inverclyde’s third sector community is alive and kicking.”
Category winners were presented with a crystal trophy and certificate, with Branchton Community Centre also being awarded an Inverclyde Community Fund grant of £500 as winner of the Voluntary Organisation of the Year. Vouchers were awarded to the six individual volunteer and volunteer team finalists and all finalists received a certificate.
A prize draw, in aid of the Inverclyde Community Fund, raised more than £700 on the night for the local grant making body, which is administered by CVS Inverclyde.
CVS Inverclyde’s award partners this year included Oak Mall Shopping Centre, Peel Ports – Clydeport, Inverclyde HSCP, River Clyde Homes, Inverclyde Life, Millions Sweets, Trust Volunteering, Cardwell Garden Centre, Funworld and the Beacon Arts Centre.