Lancashire social enterprises celebrated and promoted for their phenomenal impacts and achievements!
The story from Twitter
And the winners are!
Startup Social Enterprise of the Year winners Beanstalk Business Support CIC ©Andy Ford
Winner – Beanstalk Business Support CIC
Beanstalk Business Support CIC is passionate about helping businesses become stronger, sustainable and profitable. Our trading enterprise delivers business support and administration services to entrepreneurs, start-ups, not-for-profits and SMEs. In addition, we provide employment, apprenticeships and work experience opportunities, with job coaching and pastoral support, helping people towards employment.
Highly commended award presented to UDevelop
Shortlisted were Beanstalk Business Support CIC, Enterprising Habits, No Whispers CIC, Rainbow Youth Centre, UDevelop
Small Social Enterprise of the Year winners Let’s Grow Preston ©Andy Ford
Winner – Let’s Grow Preston
Let’s Grow Preston is a charity, established in 2011, whose aims are to improve and maintain for the benefit of the inhabitants of Preston (defined as the PR postcodes) and its visitors, the gardens, landscaped areas, open spaces, playing fields, playgrounds and recreational amenity spaces with the object of improving the conditions of life of the public by providing resources and support which are ancillary to those provided by the local authority.
Highly commended award presented to His Provision CIC.
Shortlisted were Barks & Recreation, Divine Days Community CIC, Let’s Grow Preston, His Provision CIC, Preston Domestic Violence Services, Self-Advocates Training Partnership, WEAREHOPEST CIC (Hope Street)
Large Social Enterprise of the Year winners Recycling Lives Social Enteprise ©Andy Ford
Winner – Recycling Lives Social Enteprise
Recycling Lives Social Enterprise is changing lives. Our rehabilitation programmes equip people with skills and confidence to improve their lifestyles and employability and reduce re-offending rates. Our food redistribution work supplies charities and community groups with goods to feed people in need, tackling food poverty while also preventing food waste.
Shortlisted were Active Lancashire, Child Action Northwest, Communicate SLT CIC, Lancashire Women, Recycling Lives Social Enterprise, Shelter Lancashire
Work or Training Social Enterprise of the Year winners Active Lancashire ©Andy Ford
Winner – Active Lancashire
Our application focuses on Active Lancashire’s Pendle YES Hub (PYH) and Rossendale Works (RW), two employment and training programmes we designed in partnership with councils, the DWP and others, with our colleagues delivering services.
PYH launched in February 2021 as a base to support young people in Pendle affected by Covid-19, offering tailored access to courses, work opportunities, and health and wellbeing activities.
RW launched in 2018 to reduce unemployment in Rossendale. Alongside one-to-one coaching and job fairs, it offers a skills course in collaboration with employers, featuring interviews at the end.
Shortlisted were Active Lancashire, Calico Enterprise Ltd, Divine Days Community CIC, Groundwork CLM, Lancashire Mind, Recycling Lives Social Enterprise, Renaissance UK Ltd
Social Enterprise Employee of the Year winner Dominic Hawke CANW ©Andy Ford
Winner – Dominic Hawke CANW
“Dominic goes above and beyond with his participants on his caseload to make sure that they are supported throughout their journey. He is helpful, cheery and a team player and does not let his barrier of being partially sighted get in the way of work; from helping us move furniture within the office to picking up young people in a taxi ensuring they are supported with appointments.”
Shortlisted were Aisha Sharif – Lancashire Women, Amanda Cane – URPotential, Ammara Jamil – Community CVS, Angie Thomas – URPotential, Bushra Nawaz – CANW, Carl Simms – CANW, Dominic Hawke – CANW, Jez Palmer – CANW, Louise Taylor – CANW, Maira Butt – Lancashire Mind, Maria Corr – Calico Enterprise Ltd, Michelle Dixon – CANW, Rachel Denby – Groundwork CLM, Sally Hardaker – URPotential
Striving for Equality Award winners Renaissance UK Ltd ©Andy Ford
Winner – Renaissance UK Ltd
Renaissance-UK supports all members of the LGBTQ+ community, those suffering with substance misuse and issues around sexual health, which naturally encircles complex mental health issues. There is a constant drive and unwaivering focus to ensure all strands of equality are recognised and advocated for.
Highly commended award won by Calico Enterprise Ltd
Shortlisted were AFC Fylde Armed Forces Project, Calico Enterprise Ltd, Divine Days Community CIC, Lancashire Mind, Renaissance UK Ltd
Environmental Champion of the Year winners Child Action Northwest ©Andy Ford
Winner – Child Action Northwest
CANW promotes environmental sustainability across our services and is committed to reduce waste, limit energy consumption and procure sustainably. An Environmental Task and Finish Group convenes bi-annually to monitor / review agreed organisational targets.
Volunteer of the Year winner Kizzy Felstead of Spring into Action ©Andy Ford
Winner – Kizzy Felstead Spring into Action
“Kizzy is one of a group of ambassadors, all of whom have lived experience of a learning disability, physical disability or autism. During lockdown, the group did lots of work to promote friendships via zoom, they spoke to people in the NHS and organised a friendship conference which took place in November 2021 when people were able to gather in larger groups. Kizzy has shone over and above in her role as a volunteer ambassador, taking it upon herself to organise the other ambassadors, as well as supporting them both within sessions and outside of sessions.”
In recognition of the shortlisted candidates’ work, special recognition certificates were awarded to Caroline Roberts – Spring into Phab, David Smith – URPotential, Emma Swanson – Lancashire Women, Katie Middleton – His Provision CIC, Nicola Larnach – Calico Enterprise Ltd, Reagan Kelly – Divine Days Community CIC, Sarah Cewe – Rainbow Youth Centre
Social Enterprise Champion 2022 winner Martin Needham of Rainbow Youth Centre ©Andy Ford
Winner – Martin Needham Rainbow Youth Centre
Martin established the Rainbow Youth Centre after personal experience made it clear to him that help and advice surrounding Trans / LGBTQI+ issues, and mental health in children, was incredibly hard to obtain and harder to access. Having closed his business to concentrate on providing support in this area, Martin self-financed the youth centre for the first 2 years.
Social Enterprise of the Year 2022 winners Communicate SLT CIC ©Andy Ford
Winner – Communicate SLT CIC
Communicate SLT is a Community Interest Company providing high quality speech, language and communication services and training, predominantly in Lancashire. We empower individuals aged 0-25 years directly and through others, using high-quality, evidenced-based approaches to maximise impact where they live and learn. Our mission is to enable effective communication for all to improve children and young people’s inclusion, independence and life chances.
The final category shortlisted 27 social enterprises from all categories entered at the 2022 awards.
A huge thank you to our Sponsors
On behalf of all our members, Selnet Directors would like to thank the following organisations for supporting the Social Enterprise in Society Awards 2022!