Community Stars Awards

Our annual Community Stars Awards recognise the unsung heroes of our communities who help the people and places around them shine! 

The awards take place once a year and are an opportunity for Great Places to thank our customers who show compassion, selflessness and courage on a daily basis. Including those who take part in our 'customer involvement' activities to help Great Places improve its services. 

Nominations for our 2017 awards are now open! Nominate a special someone or a group for an award

Community Stars Awards categories

  • Green Award
  • Young Resident
  • Senior Resident
  • Supported Housing Resident
  • Supported Housing Scheme
  • Good Neighbour
  • Community Project
  • Community/Resident Group
  • Community Champion
  • Community Volunteer
  • David Nuttall Award (Involvement Award)
  • Staff Award

Community Stars Awards Winners – 2016

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Community Project Award

Voice Sunday Family Club, Blackburn

The group said: “It was such a strong category – we were so shocked to have won! We’ve only been going for 18 months now, and we’re purely run by volunteers. We want to create a safe environment for families, where they can spend quality time together – we’re blown away to have our work recognised like this.”

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Community Residents' Group Award

Northmoor Together, Manchester

The group said: “We’re delighted to win - we’ve been going for a number of years now so it’s great to be recognised. But it’s listening to the great work that others do that really makes the day special.”

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Green Champion Awar

The Secret Garden of Springfields, Knutsford

The group said: “It feels great to be awarded a Community Star! The project is finished now – it was a long process, it took us almost two years to get here, but to have it finished feels amazing. It just looks like a completely different space to when we first started!”

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Senior Resident Award

Beryl Stott, Poulton-Le-Fylde

Beryl said: “It’s smashing to win – I didn’t expect it! I used to volunteer with church and from there I founded the ladies group. We do all sorts, from afternoon tea to charity work. ”

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Supported Housing Resident Award

Louis Kirkwood, Manchester

Louis, a resident at Docherty House, was overjoyed when he heard he had won. He said: “I’m very surprised! Last year I got nominated and this year I won! Thank you Docherty House and Great Places.”

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Supported Housing Scheme Awar

Floating Support Service, Blackburn

Service Manager Debbie said: “A fantastic award for the scheme and its residents. It’s recognition of our work that’s helping and supporting people to live independently.” Resident Kim added: “It’s great that the scheme helps young people to find a place to live and give them an opportunity to go on and get into work or education.”

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Community Champion Award

Dave Watkins, Sheffield

Dave said: “I was really really pleased to have won – it’s been a lot of work. Park Hill is a very complicated project and everyone works so hard. I represent a whole community group – it’s not just me. This award is really for everyone in the residents group!”

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Young Resident Award

Andrew Smith, Morecambe

Andrew said: “I was hoping I would win – I had a feeling I would! In the future, I want to keep getting involved and making a difference.”

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Great Places Staff Award

Lucy Barton, Knutsford

Lucy said: “I’m pretty overwhelmed to be honest – I was not expecting to win! Since getting married, I’m still getting used to my name change, so it took a few seconds to register that they were saying my name! I’m so grateful. It feels lovely.”

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Volunteer Award

Sarah Pownall, Knutsford

Sarah Pownall said: “I feel like a star – and I’ve got the star to prove it! It was amazing to be up there a second time. I really didn’t expect it after Springfields had already won. This was just me, on my own. It’s just amazing. I’ve had such a good day!”

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David Nuttall Award

Vera Whitworth, Salford

Vera has been a resident of Great Places Housing Group for just over 14 years. In that time she has been the eyes and ears of Aldersgate Court in Salford as a scheme rep. She has also been an integral part of many Great Places groups. To name a few, Vera has been a member of the North Region Board, the Tenants’ Advisory Group, Service Improvement Clubs and has been involved from home as a Tenant Funding Panel member and Call Auditor. She said: “I just didn’t expect it! I was so shaken I couldn’t walk to the stage. I was gobsmacked.”