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Groundwork Community Awards winners announced

Posted on 06 November 2017

The winners of the inaugural Groundwork Community Awards were announced on Thursday 2 November at a ceremony designed to recognise and celebrate the work of local community heroes.

Thirty finalists from up and down the UK were invited to the ceremony in London to crown the ten winners who work tirelessly to be the change they want to see in their local community. 

The awards were hosted by BBC presenter and Groundwork Health, Wellbeing and Community Ambassador, Mark Lane and corporate supporters, including award sponsors Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Buzzacot were also in attendance.

The Groundwork Community Awards were launched by the charity earlier this year to honour small community groups making a big difference to everyone’s quality of life in their local area. The awards received over 250 nominations in its inaugural year, reflecting the huge diversity of projects and services being delivered by community volunteers.  

Graham Duxbury, national CEO of Groundwork said:

"I’m thrilled that that first ever Groundwork Community Awards has been received so well and that we have had the opportunity to honour and celebrate the local community heroes who do so much for their local areas but often get little recognition or support.

"As well as celebrating the great work that community groups and individuals do, I'm pleased that the awards provided a platform for community groups to engage and share ideas and to keep the conversation and momentum going. 

"We are now going to build upon this year’s success and start planning next year’s awards so that we can recognise the work and dedication of even more local community champions."

Groundwork Community Awards winners

Best community group contribution to health and wellbeing

WINNER: Helping Hands (Portsmouth)

Finalist: Core Landscapes (London)

Finalist: Mudlarks Community Garden (Hertford)

Best community group contribution to environmental sustainability

WINNER: Community Furniture Aid (Bridgend)

Finalist: Little Village (London)

Finalist: Tuppeny Barn Education (Southbourne)

Best community group contribution to community cohesion

WINNER: Our Place (London)

Finalist: Friends of Sandringham Park (Wetherby)

Finalist: Tomorrow’s Women Wirral (Birkenhead) 

Best community group contribution to education or employment

WINNER: Ramsey Neighbourhood Trust (Ramsey) 

Finalist: Ackworth Community Library (Pontefract)

Finalist: FEAT Trading CIC (Glenrothes)

Best community project on a social housing estate

WINNER: Possibilities for Each and Every Kid (Glasgow) 

Finalist: Ark Community Gardens (Newcastle)

Finalist: OASIS Community Church, Centre & Gardens (Worksop)

Best community partnership with business

WINNER: Willesden Green Town Team (London) 

Finalist: Chelmsford Foodbank (Chelmsford)

Finalist: Silverline Memories (Newcastle)

Best community garden or green space

WINNER: ActivLives (Ipswich)

Finalist: Blackhill’s Growing (Glasgow)

Finalist: Saunders Park Edible Garden (Brighton) 

Community group of the year – all round achievement award

WINNER: Love Old Trafford (Manchester)

Finalist: Community Furniture Aid (Bridgend)

Finalist: Shadforth Community Association (Durham) 

Young Community Leader of the Year 

WINNER: Akeim Mundell

Finalist: Aycha Ates Di Adamo

Finalist: Marc Smith

Community Leader of the Year 

WINNER: Yetunde Adeola (Gravesham)

Finalist: Babs Protheroe (Rhydyfelin)

Finalist: Angela Parton

The Groundwork Community Awards are sponsored by Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Buzzacot with support also provided by: Firmdale Hotels, Skanska, GVA, One Stop, greenspace scotland, Fields in Trust, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, Ambition, PWC, Clarion Housing and Balfour Beatty. 

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