Big Society Awards 2011

The Big Society Award was launched by the Prime Minister to recognise individuals, groups or organisations that are demonstrating the Big Society in their work or activities. We will be joining the Award winners in celebrating their achievements on 12 May.

This is a closed event by invitation only – however here is some more information.
The award focuses upon three specific areas:
Promoting social action – people being, and being encouraged to be, more involved in their communities through giving time, money and other resources.
Empowering communities – local people taking control of how things are done in their area and being helped to do this by local government and others.
Opening up public services – public sector organisations and individuals demonstrating innovative ways of delivering public services and charities, social enterprises and private companies showing new ways of delivering public services.
Anyone can make a nomination for an individual or group to be recognised with an award.
For more information please head here or for the latest news head here.

If you are using social media tools to report on the day remember the hashtag is:

#bigsocawards

Here are photos from the Prime Minister’s office Flickr account which show the Big Society Award nominees and winners. Click through for a full screen slideshow. read more

WIMPS

by , 12/05/11 1:12pm
WIMPS stands for Where Is My Public Servant?. It is a project run by and for young people. They started in 2004 with an idea – how do we make politics more relevant to young people? They decided one way of doing this was to remind politicians that they work for us – the citizens. […]

Wotton under Edge Swimming Pool Club

by , 12/05/11 12:31pm
Wotton under Edge Swimming Pool Club, a group of volunteers who mobilised the whole community in support of their local pool, are the latest winners of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. The Club are a group of swimming enthusiasts and local supporters of the pool, many of whom have given up their time and […]

Higher Croft Action Group

by , 12/05/11 12:26pm
Higher Croft Action Group, a passionate and dedicated group of volunteers who are making a real difference to the lives of young people in Blackburn, is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. Higher Croft Action Group was set up in 2008 by two determined volunteers, Christine Robinson and Pat Cocker, who […]

Central Surrey Health

by , 12/05/11 11:57am
Central Surrey Health, a social enterprise providing community nursing and therapy services on behalf of NHS Surrey and other partners. The Prime Minister said: “Congratulations to Central Surrey Health on becoming the very first Big Society Award winners. They are an excellent example of people on the front line taking a stake in their organisation, […]

CREATE

by , 12/05/11 11:55am
CREATE – a not-for-profit company in Yorkshire which delivers innovative training and employment opportunities for people who have been homeless, marginalised or vulnerable – is the second winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. The Prime Minister said: “Congratulations to CREATE on becoming a Big Society Award winner. “They are an excellent organisation working […]

The Kendray Initiative in Barnsley

by , 12/05/11 11:54am
The Kendray Initiative in Barnsley – a project that has transformed the community through local action on housing, crime, employment and activities for young people is the third winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. The Prime Minister said: “Congratulations to the Kendray Initiative on becoming a Big Society Award winner. “Everyone involved in […]

Greenwich Leisure Limited

by , 12/05/11 11:53am
Greenwich Leisure Limited – a social enterprise that manages over 70 public leisure centres in partnership with 20 councils across the South East – is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. The Prime Minister said: “Congratulations to Greenwich Leisure Limited on becoming the latest Big Society Award winner. “With its passion […]

Altogether Better

by , 12/05/11 11:52am

Altogether Better – a Yorkshire & the Humber programme involving volunteer Community Health Champions engaging with communities to help them lead healthier lifestyles – is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Awards. The programme follows Greenwich Leisure Ltd and CREATE in receiving recognition for its social enterprise activities and its impact on […] read more

The Biddick Hall Community Focus Group

by , 12/05/11 11:50am
The Biddick Hall Community Focus Group – a project that has transformed the community through local action on health, crime, employment and activities for young people – is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. The Prime Minister said: “Congratulations to the Biddick Hall Community Focus Group on becoming a Big Society […]

FoodCycle

by , 12/05/11 11:49am
FoodCycle – a project that brings together young volunteers, surplus food and free kitchen space to create nutritious meals for people affected by food poverty in the UK is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. The project started in 2008 and has grown to 14 hubs across the country, serving homeless […]

HERO (Holistic Enterprise Realising Opportunities)

by , 12/05/11 11:48am
HERO (Holistic Enterprise Realising Opportunities) – a project that inspires an enterprise culture amongst young people in Blackpool and beyond, is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. The project provides young people with enterprise education, equipping them with business skills, financial capabilities and an entrepreneurial attitude so that they can become […]

WhyNotChange

by , 12/05/11 11:46am
WhyNotChange – a social enterprise which builds the confidence and capability of individuals and organisations to make a positive difference is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. The founder Melanie Bryan has given her time to inspire and work with hundreds of women, young people, social enterprises, charities and businesses. Her […]

Make a Difference

by , 12/05/11 11:45am
Make a Difference – a project that inspires young people in Milton Keynes to better their lives and those around them through positive action and volunteering is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. The community interest company has engaged over 3000 young people in five years and secured over £1 million […]

The Old Vic Tunnels

by , 12/05/11 11:43am
The Old Vic Tunnels – a unique performance space offering opportunities for young people to gain experience in production and be part of an innovative and diverse arts venue is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. Supporting a large group of 16-25 year olds working as producers, marketeers, technicians and front […]

Shelley Community Association

by , 12/05/11 11:41am
Shelley Community Association, a voluntary organisation that represents and brings together residents of the Yorkshire village of Shelley – is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. Shelley Community Association runs the village hall, promotes networking between different village groups, residents and public bodies and supports the village in numerous ways including […]

The Sweet Project

by , 12/05/11 11:40am
The Sweet Project, a social enterprise that develops and trains student social workers while supporting families in deprived areas, is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. The not-for-profit organisation supports families in communities across Birmingham. It works with more than 100 students every year and in its first twelve months has […]

Bevendean Local Action Team (LAT), who work to reduce anti-social behaviour and fear of crime in their local area while strengthening and promoting community pride, are the latest winners of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Awards. Run entirely by a group of local resident volunteers, the Bevendean LAT plans, fundraises and organises community engagement activities […] read more

Disability Challengers

by , 12/05/11 11:36am
Disability Challengers – a Surrey based children’s charity offering exciting activities and play opportunities for disabled children and young people – is the latest winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. Disability Challengers works with other charities, partners and organisations including schools and youth and community centres to provide a wide range of services […]

The Big Society Award Winners

by , 11/05/11 7:12pm
Here you can read about the people, groups and organisations that have received awards for making a difference in their communities through social enterprise. You'll find links to each of their websites and details of what they do.