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 closed! Best of luck to everyone who has been nominated.

Community Stars Awards categories

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

Community Stars Awards Winners – 2016


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.”


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.”


Green Champion Award

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!”


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. ”


Independence and Wellbeing 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.”


Independence and Wellbeing Scheme Award

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.”


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!”


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.”


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.”


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!”


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.”