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. 

Community Stars Awards categories

  • Community Champion Award
  • Independence and Wellbeing Service Award
  • Young Award (under 25)
  • Community Project Award
  • Green Champion Award
  • Good Neighbour Award
  • Community/Residents Group Award
  • Great Places Staff Award
  • Promoting Independence Award
  • Senior Award (over 70)
  • Independence and Wellbeing Resident Award
  • Safter Together Award
  • David Nuttall Award

Community Stars Awards Winners – 2019


Community Champion Award

Jessica Lomas and Claire McGlone – Earby 

Great Places residents Jess and Claire received support from the Community investment Team in Lancashire to set up their idea for a cake decorating business . They were nominated for  the amount of consistent and dedicated community work they do each week, regularly helping local residents in the area.


Independence and Wellbeing Service Award

Sarah Lodge

The residents of Sarah Lodge Great Places supported housing project for young women and families aged between 16-25 received the Independence and Wellbeing Service Award.


Young Award (Under 25)

Rehan Ahmed - Oldham / Tyrell Clarke-  Oldham

Rehan and Tyrell Clarke were joint winners of the Young Award in recognition of their involvement with their local communities - Sixth former Rehan was recognised for his volunteering work at Oldham Athletic Community Trust and at a youth club the Primrose Centre while Tyrrell’s award was a nod for going the extra mile to help his neighbours. 


Community Project Award

Primrose Community Fridge – Oldham

The Community Fridge project ran from the Primrose Centre in Oldham won the Community Project Award.  Opened in May 2018, the project is one of three centres that intercepts food that local supermarkets normally throw away which is available freed of charge to local residents. Oldham has reported that the Primrose Community Fridge is the most successful one, giving out almost 4 tonnes of food in the 10 months it's been opened. As well as local residents benefitting from the community fridge, food is also distributed to several local community groups.


Green Champion Award

Peter Matthews –Blackley

Peter Matthews was honoured his work in making the community garden at Great Place’s Byron’s scheme in Blackley a beautiful space to be enjoyed by all.

Good Neighbour Award

Louise Chadwick – Bury

Louise Chadwick won the Good Neighbour Award in recognition of going out of her way to help her neighbours.


Community/Residents Group Award

Mackenzie/ Parkin Alley Pals – Manchester

Local community group The Makenzie Park Alley Pals won the Community/ Residents Group Award for helping to transform their Northmoor neighbourhood in Longsight. 


Great Places Staff Award

Lisa Green – Environmental Liaison Officer

Lisa was nominated for her work as Community Development Coordinator in Manchester; for helping to bring the community together in Northmoor, Longsight and for her support of the Mackenzie Parkin Alley Pals.


Promoting Independence Award

Claire McCallum 

Claire from Blackpool received the award in recognition of the positive steps she has made to turn her life around for herself and her son.  Having passed a Digital Inclusion course in 2018 with flying colours, Claire’s confidence has gone from strength to strength and led to her taking up a number of other opportunities. 


Senior Award (Over 70)

Kenneth Oldfield – Tulloch Court – Blackpool

Kenneth Oldfield  from Tulloch Court in the town, took home the Senior Award that recognises  a person aged 70 or over who works tirelessly to improve their community. The 83-year-old retired social worker was recognised for active role he continues to play in his neighbourhood as chair of the residents association and fundraising for local causes including the restoration of the War Memorial at St Paul’s Church in the town.


Independence and Wellbeing Resident Award

Belinda Johnson,Trafford

Belinda received the award in recognition of the support she has provided to the younger vulnerable residents at Pomona Gardens.


Safer Together Award

Vickie Hardie and Andrew Bedford –Bury

Vicki and  Andrew received the Safe Together Award for going the extra mile to help keep their neighbourhood and fellow residents safe.

David Nuttall Award

insight - Customer Scrutiny Group

The Insight Scrutiny Group received the award for their dedication to working with Great Places to improve services for the benefit of all customers.