The 2017 Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award Winners

Action for Stannington set up as an environmental organisation which would allow local residents to participate in a number of activities aimed at providing cleaner, greener and safer streets. By providing a regular presence in Stannington Park and managing the upkeep of a number of local amenities our volunteers have generated a boost of confidence which, in turn, allows residents and visitors alike to come forward and help with litter picking, floral enhancement of green spaces, planting of trees and the establishment of new and better playground facilities. Our area of involvement is primarily in the north west of Sheffield, within the Bradfield Parish Council area: the largest civil parish in England.

Community Foundation for Calderdale improves the quality of people’s lives in Calderdale through the harnessing of local philanthropy. Towards this end it is an accredited charitable foundation which has been working at the heart of the local community for over twenty five years. Specifically, it channels funds to local frontline charities meeting significant community needs by providing a professional service to individuals, families and corporates so connecting them with local causes close to their hearts.

Clifton Learning Partnership work within Rotherham East. Our vision is a strong cohesive local community which is safe, healthy and skilled and in which people contribute and participate. We work to make the community stronger and less vulnerable to exploitation by improving the basic skills of adults in order to help them to access employment opportunities, reducing issues of poverty and thereby reducing the immediate stressors on families, improving the basic skills of children and young people and broadening their ability to have equality of access to educational opportunities and supporting the community to improve the environment in which we live and work.

Haxby & Wigginton Youth & Community Association self-finances Oaken Grove Community Centre in Haxby, York, providing a wide range of activities for the benefit of the communities to the North of York. Our own work focuses on a dynamic youth provision which has recently successfully branched out to reach a wider range of young people both in the Centre itself and in public spaces. This aims to promote positive healthy lifestyles and bridge the divide between generations. For the elderly, the provision of volunteer led weekly lunches and computer tuition provides companionship, prevents social isolation and offers the opportunity to keep pace in this technological world.

Silkstone CARE Group is a voluntary community organisation set up over thirty years ago by a dedicated group of residents from two South Yorkshire villages: Silkstone and Silkstone Common. Their aim was to help breathe new life and put community pride back into two jaded industrial villages. Week in and week out they have turned out in all weathers to care for, maintain and develop the villages public spaces and heritage sites including woods and public gardens, planters and flowerbeds. Today, however, the group’s outreach goes far beyond its original vision and includes work with schools, scouts and brownies.

We are Re-Valued CIC,a voluntary not for profit organisation. We have our main shop at Diggerland in Castleford and two other shops in the nearby town of Featherstone. Our mission is to collect and sell or give away unwanted household items in order to improve local lives and the local environment. Since becoming a Community Interest Company (CIC) last year, we have carried out three environmental projects, supported 56 vulnerable families and their children, put on two gala events, funded eight local community groups, supported five businesses and redirected 95 tonnes of waste from going to landfill.

St Wilfrid’s Centre in Sheffield has supported homeless, vulnerable and socially-excluded adults since 1991.  Five hundred people come each year and we are open all day five days a week. Our diverse clients (addiction, mental health, learning disability, loneliness, bereavement, ex-offenders and abuse survivors) come to our centre for over a hundred and twenty support and our group activities.  We also have a rough sleeper service which provides showers, laundry, haircuts, food, clothing and advice. We are now planning ahead for what amazing things we can achieve for our 30th anniversary in 2021. 

The overall aim of The Ciaran Bingham Foundation Trust is to reduce social isolation and loneliness among older people. We do this primarily by providing out of hours social activities in the evenings, at weekends and over holiday periods. We currently run four Sunday lunch clubs and two breakfast clubs (dementia friendly) across South Leeds. In addition, we run quarterly evening seasonal social events which include Christmas dinners delivered to older people (55+) on Christmas day. We also deliver emergency fresh food packs to people’s homes during bad weather when it is difficult for older people to get out.

Pitsmoor Adventure Playground is a charity managed by members of the community. We provide a safe haven for children to play in Burngreave, a disadvantaged area of Sheffield. Our staff help children from all backgrounds to feel welcome and included at the playground and support them to take part in a wide range of play activities, building their confidence, developing their life skills and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. Our family events celebrate diverse cultures and traditions, building bonds across the neighbourhood. We aim for our children to learn safe behaviours and to be active citizens who contribute to their community. 

Holmepride - Community in Action came about when a group of Holmefirth residents decided to do something to improve the area they live in. From an initial meeting, a local cleaning company went out cleaning all the algae from street signs and hundreds of cable ties were removed from street posts. Litter picking followed and is now taking place on a regular basis not just in Holmfirth but at local beauty spots throughout the Holme Valley. Working alongside both the Parish and local council the group are now addressing such tasks as clearing debris from local rivers, knocking back the overgrowth on walkways and public footpaths, painting park benches, railings and litter bins and ensuring that dog poo bag dispensers are regularly filled and maintained. Their next planned project involves buying 35 litter pickers and recruiting pupils from local schools as pickers.

+me Positive About Change, Barnsley was set up in 2008 which means that we will shortly be celebrating our tenth birthday. We remain a user-led support and screening service with two dedicated members of staff and a bank of volunteers. Together we provide information and resources, social activities, screening for HIV/BBV (Blood Borne Viruses), counselling and training free for people living with or affected by HIV/BBV across South Yorkshire. Our training is also free to organisations/community groups working towards understanding and destigmatising HIV.

At Accessible Arts & Media, York. We have been running inclusive arts and media learning projects in and around York since 1982. From singing and signing choirs and community media programmes, to sensory drama sessions and apprenticeships, our projects help people develop the confidence and control to have more of a say in the things that matter to them. We want to see an inclusive society where everyone gets the chance to shine. The people who take part in our projects include disabled adults and young people; older people; adults with long-term mental health problems and schools, community groups and businesses.

Barnsley Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Services is an organisation that was formed in 1988 by a group of Barnsley women dedicated to supporting others who had experienced sexual violence. Building on their hard work, we have grown beyond all recognition and now offer well used and active services including support through the justice process, counselling, advocacy, training and group therapy services. We are proud to support women, men and children living in Barnsley who have experienced sexual abuse at any point in their lives. 

Castleford Heritage Trust has 16 years’ experience of delivering regeneration projects and using Castleford’s heritage and culture to raise the aspirations and self-esteem of local people. Ownership of Queen’s Mill is enabling us to deliver long held community aspirations. That is to tell the story of our town, with hands-on provision for local schools; to provide gallery space showcasing local artists, from Castleford born Henry Moore, to the work of local art groups; to provide opportunities for the community to gather; and to support local talent by providing space for small businesses to grow within a vibrant community hub.

The Rotary Club of Abbeydale is the home of Sheffield Young Artists Exhibition and competition. All Sheffield children from 5 to 18 – including the visually impaired – have the opportunity, through their schools, to exhibit their work in what we believe to be the largest exhibition of children’s art in Britain. Each year between 1,000 and 1,200 paintings are exhibited at Ponds Forge. Selections of their work are also exhibited at other venues. A separate showing of 6th form art is coupled with an art in careers section. Local schools also benefit from our careers advice and mock interviews. We are environmentally aware and clean and maintain several local sites.

Kirklees Duke of Edinburgh Award. Little Deer Wood provides a wide range of outdoor activities led by highly qualified and experienced instructors in beautiful woodland surroundings adjacent to the waterway in Mirfield. If your school, business or group are looking for a quality training or adventure experience, please give us your consideration. The centre is totally accessible with all proceeds helping to keep the Duke of Edinburgh Award running in Kirklees. There are currently 6,500 young people involved in the DofE locally which attracts participants of all ages, abilities and cultures.

Emmaus Sheffield was established by volunteers in 2008, working with vulnerable and excluded people and helped over 170 people. A secular Community it provides a home and work for 18 homeless men and women, many of whom were street sleepers. Sipelia Works, a former cutlery factory on the canal basin, was refurbished providing quality, self-contained accommodation, training and counselling facilities, workspace and shop for its on-site Social Enterprise re-cycling household goods. Beneficiaries are called Companions, emphasising an ethos of friendship and peer support, and live in an environment which avoids institutionalisation, creating a sense of extended family and restoring dignity.

North Holderness Community Transport (project name H.A.R.T.) H.A.R.T. operates community transport services from Flamborough to Spurn Point, a coast line of 47 miles. The charity aims to connect rural residents to services, such as health facilities and shops, where there is a gap in the commercial public transport network. Our services rely heavily upon the generous support of volunteers driving our minibuses, using their own cars, helping in the office and shaping the development and direction of the charity by being a trustee. The core of our work is with our elderly and less mobile residents, offering them an opportunity to get away from the 4 walls, make friends and be more independent. One of the benefits of community transport is in combating loneliness in all ages.

Community Awareness Programme was founded in 1997 by Ernest and Elisabeth Hibbert from a desire to relieve the suffering caused by want and poverty in their home town of Wakefield. Our main aim is to change lives and to do this we facilitate a resource centre for the homeless and marginalised. There are 3,500 service users on our books all with very differing needs. We feed and clothe between 50 -70 each weekday and also provide friendship, counselling support and signposting to other relevant agencies.

JADE (Just Another Dance Event) Youth and Community began in 1998 when young people came together to address the lack of support and opportunities available within our communities. From our youth and community centre in Dinnington, Rotherham we provide a wide range of services for young people and the wider community that builds skills and confidence, raises aspirations, creates community cohesion, improves health and wellbeing and directly addresses the disadvantages faced by our beneficiaries. Over the years we have supported thousands of beneficiaries leaving meaningful and lasting impact within their lives. Nearly 20 years on and we continue to work to support those in need through our activities.

The Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust, Wakefield was founded in memory of Samantha who, as a direct result of trying to help other young people, was murdered at the age of 18. Our aims are to support children looked after by the care system, and care leavers, to access further and higher education by providing funding for essential course equipment. Additionally, to support young people at risk of, or victims of child sexual exploitation, by funding therapeutic interventions. As a local community oriented charity, working predominately in Wakefield and across West Yorkshire, our partners include organisations such as the University of Huddersfield.

The Doncaster Minster Literacy Project’s core function is to support people who want to learn English by providing sessions in conversation, reading and writing. Working in what can often be a quite hostile environment for migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and others, volunteers often talk of how the experience has changed their own lives in ways they could never have imagined. For many of them the buzz comes in simply assisting someone through shared reading, whilst for others it’s all about empowering those they help to be better able to participate in UK society.

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Leeds is a registered charity established in 1980 which utilises its 24 acre inner city site in Leeds to engage different sectors of the community in exploring and learning about the wonders of the natural environment. In a frenetic life, we all need time to stop, watch and listen and reconnect with nature. To promote physical health and wellbeing, the Farm provides integrated services combining: environmental education projects to schools, holiday play-schemes, development programmes for people with learning disabilities, allotments to local people, volunteering opportunities and family focused events. The farm is open to visitors every day.

South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association, Sheffield was set up in 1996 by a group of families affected by eating disorders who were concerned that there was nowhere to go for support. Now, almost 500 people a year turn to us for help, with a wide range of eating disorders. We are an independent charity operating across South Yorkshire providing one to one therapeutic and practical support, including for families and friends. We deliver education and training sessions in schools and colleges and to professionals. We have 3 ex-service users on our board of trustees, we also coproduce our business plan and evaluation processes with past and existing service users.

York Blind and Partially Sighted Society are a local sight loss charity helping people live independently with dignity. We provide a range of services to support those with a visual impairment, as well as enriching their lives. These include advice and information, specialist equipment, home visiting, counselling and sporting and social activities. We also provide eye clinic liaison officers at York, Scarborough and Bridlington hospitals. We have 1,100 members and over 2,000 people using our services each year. We are not standing still, we have ambitious plans to develop the organisation and support more people over the coming years.

Bramley War Memorial (Bramley), Leeds was unveiled in August 2014. It names and commemorates the 746 people from the communities of Bramley, Rodley and Stanningley who died in service to their country from 1900 – 2011. To commemorate their sacrifice we hold annual multi-faith Remembrance Services and specific unique events to commemorate individual anniversaries. We have produced a Book of Remembrance, accept requests to undertake research of individuals whose names appear on the Memorial and have produced an Educational Booklet and DVD. Throughout the year we tend to local War and Remembered Graves every two weeks.

City of Sanctuary Sheffield (COSS) is the founding member of a national movement to create a culture of welcome for asylum seekers and refugees. COSS welcomes new arrivals to Sheffield and signposts them to help and support. It trains refugees to help raise awareness and encourage others to be welcoming and networks with other asylum supporting groups to make sure refugee needs are met. Recently COSS took over the lease of a city centre shop, where asylum seekers and refugees can come to relax, feel safe and get advice and where local people can learn about other cultures.

Special Stars Foundation is a registered charity supporting people with disabilities and their families, in Hull and East Yorkshire. They provide a diverse range of inclusive and accessible activities for people with disabilities and their families, with the aim of reducing social isolation. In addition, they offer a range of support, training and advice services for parent carers, such as Makaton and PECS workshops and seminars on sleep problems and legal matters, practical support to complete disability specific benefit and grant applications and important therapies such as Physiotherapy and Counselling.

Aspiring2 is a CIC based in Doncaster. We work borough wide to reach the most disadvantaged and disaffected within our community. We offer one to one support and coaching around Business Start Up, Employability Skills and IT. We also offer personal development and confidence building programmes to those representing marginalised groups. More recently we have developed a programme to combat isolation amongst older people, those with life limiting conditions, those with dementia and their carers. Our Vintage Tea Parties and Memory Lane Bingo are very popular and well supported. We are now developing our service to include adults with a learning disability.

We are Ellesmere Children Centre, a 50 place community nursery. Based just outside the centre of Sheffield we provide excellent care and education for children aged six months up to 5 years. Our aim is to provide a happy, stimulating, culturally appropriate environment enjoyed by children and parents alike. We believe in providing a responsive, flexible and needs led service. We cater for all children from a variety of cultural and social backgrounds. We would like to develop a therapeutic setting having operated for the last 21 years as a pre-school day care setting. We are proud of our award winning setting supporting diversity and equal access for all.

The Friends of Valley Gardens, Harrogate (FOVG) work in partnership with Harrogate Borough Council to conserve, enhance and maintain the Valley Gardens. **Since 2009 the FOVG has replanted the New Zealand Memorial Garden and raised over £250,000 for 3 further projects: restoration of the Old Magnesia Well Pump Room and Peat Garden, now an Information Centre explaining the Spa history of the gardens; the restoration and extension of the Japanese Garden, completion due for 2018 and the restoration of the Green Park Entrance and adjacent rose beds, with the recovered Edward VII Memorial Gate and memorial roses which is due for completion on 11.11.2018.

Rotherham Heart Support Group is a social group which draws its membership from the whole of the Rotherham borough, set up for people having suffered heart trauma we offer guidance and support to one another. Monthly meetings held in the town centre allow access to all and provide a regular opportunity for members to mix and talk, there is usually a cardiac nurse in attendance that can answer any members query about their condition. We organise trips/entertainment, and source relevant guest speakers which keeps members informed and adds the feel good factor which is critical to health and wellbeing.

Community Cards is a charitable, social and environmentally-friendly project run entirely by volunteers in Huddersfield. The project collects donations of used greetings cards which volunteers transform into Community Cards for every occasion. Card makers meet either as a group in a local community setting or in their homes. Sold in schools, faith centres and local businesses, Community Cards regularly donate sales profits to The Welcome Centre Food Bank in Huddersfield. A project for everyone; volunteers currently span from 11 to 95 years of age!

Safe Haven @ Talbot Lane is a group of volunteers who open up the Talbot Lane Methodist Church on Ship Hill in Rotherham in the late hours on Fridays for people to drop in, have a chat, an ear to listen to, a warm drink and a place out of the cold weather. Safe Haven does what it says in the title, we provide safety to anyone in Rotherham town centre who needs it on a Friday night. We can provide warmth, hot drinks, safety and we can call someone to arrange a lift home if required. We also provide a temporary place to wait for someone until they are ready to make their own way home. We are not judgemental, we are just here to help.

Honley Village Community Trust was established in 1993 as a community-based organisation to protect the environment and bring facilities to the village. When the Magdale Fields, a local beauty spot, was threatened by development, the Trust secured funding to purchase the land and millpond, for the future benefit of residents. Its activities cover everything from land and water management, management of Honley Village Hall as a commercial enterprise, organisation of community events and a ‘whole village’ approach to keeping Honley a great place to live.

Door 84 is a unique youth space for young people in York. We run 7 sessions a week for young people aged 8-25, as well as providing young volunteer opportunities, advice, support, trips and large community events. We are the ‘go-to’ youth space and have around 100 Young People attending each week and over 1000 registered. In addition to our Youth Provision For the past 5 years Door 84 has been delivering a community project - Community Sparks - which is an inclusive creative and social group for people who experience mental ill health and have additional needs.

The Learning Community is a small training and skills organisation based in Dinnington near Rotherham. We have 25 years’ experience of providing responsive, flexible learning and work training to disadvantaged and unemployed learners. We deliver these skills through one-to-one coaching in community settings across South Yorkshire. We specialise in supporting learners who have multiple barriers, including mental health needs, and who want to get back in to work. We provide skills support and employability support to them, in line with their personal needs.

Orb Community Enterprise, Knaresborough helps people improve their mental health and well-being and lead fuller lives through being creative, learning new skills and volunteering in a supportive and inclusive space. Orb’s timetable includes sessions in music, singing, art, gardening, writing, photography and film. As you can see creativity lies at the heart of Orb. That’s why as well as group sessions, it offers a range of 1-1 activities that inspire participants to take part, explore their potential and grow in both skills and confidence.

FareShare Yorkshire intercepts hundreds of tonnes of quality surplus food each year to prevent it from needlessly becoming waste. By working in partnership with the food industry, it helps frontline organisations across Yorkshire to feed 15,000 disadvantaged and/or vulnerable people each week. A team of dedicated volunteers redistribute this food from Barnsley and Leeds on behalf of over 180 community groups, charities and schools who turn it into 1.5 million healthy meals each year. It also provides accredited training to help individuals on a path to employment or further training and education.

Founded by Jackie Hewitt-Main OBE in 2013 The Cascade Foundation, Doncaster has developed an innovative, multi-sensory approach to teaching and supporting people with dyslexia, head-injury or other learning difficulties. It delivers projects in prisons and in the local community in our Cascade Health & Learning Hub and works with offenders, ex-offenders and members of the public who want to learn and gain achievement awards. Our professional mentors and learning coaches help and support many local people to learn using our specially designed programmes such as personal & social development, literacy, life skills and preparation for employment.

Moor Allerton Elderly Care (MAECare) has been working for 22 years in the *Leeds** 17 area. Our aim is to support older people to be independent at home for as long as possible and to have the best quality of life they can. We want to make a difference by reducing social isolation and improving health and wellbeing. Along with the staff team, 100 volunteers ensure that older people are supported either by telephone, through home visits and through involvement in groups. Over 1,050 people regularly receive the MAECare newsletter.

The City of Sheffield Pipe Band was founded in 1908 by Pipe Major George Urquhart, as the Sheffield Pipers Association. The band is open to everyone. In particular, we look to recruit and inspire anyone who has an interest in Scottish Pipe Music and its associated traditions. We place great focus on providing tuition, encouraging learning and enjoying the experience. The band performs at all types of engagements including local carnivals, shows and supporting voluntary organisations. We have represented Sheffield at various international events including the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in France and at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres.

Halton Moor and Osmondthorpe Project for Elders (HOPE) Leeds enables people 60+ to retain their independence by providing practical help, advice and support. We do this by investigating their needs and working with them to find solutions, providing information, advice and support to enable informed choices. Providing a rapid response service for people in urgent need of support and, most importantly by involving members in monitoring and evaluation, we ensure we are providing a quality service which meets their needs.

Dearne Community Housing (DCH) is a community led organisation and was formed by local residents to manage a programme to tackle problems caused by long-term empty properties. DCH are renovating empty properties using apprentices aged 16 – 24 in the construction industry whilst improving the environment and boosting the local economy. We currently operate in Goldthorpe which is an ex-mining village and ranks as one of the UK’s top ten deprived areas. We work in partnership with Barnsley Community Build and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and, to date, have renovated four properties which are let to local people at affordable rents.

Garforth in Bloom was formed in July 2008, the 49th in bloom group within the Leeds district. Our aim remains to provide a more attractive environment for the benefit of all who live, work, visit or pass through Garforth. Our work often leads us into joint projects involving other local volunteer groups, schools, council and government initiatives. Our Diamond Jubilee garden provides the site for the first publicly displayed World Peace Flame in England. We are the winners of The Gold Award for Yorkshire in Bloom and have represented Yorkshire in the Britain in Bloom competition.

The Ethel Trust is a Sheffield based charity that provides day and residential outings on our community barge, Ethel is primarily for Yorkshire based groups who traditionally have had little or no opportunity to experience and enjoy the inland waterways. Outings are educational, therapeutic and very often result in the development of new skills. Our users, who are typically older and disabled people and young people with special needs, tell us that on trips a whole new world is opened up to them through which they experience a range of sensory, physical and mental stimulation often missing from their everyday lives.

Harrogate Skills 4 Living Centre (HS4LC) is a thriving adult education centre and community hub which currently supports over 70 people with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders in our day care and adult education centre in Harrogate.  We make a difference in people’s lives because we offer a place where everyone is accepted and nurtured for who they are and where a person’s disability is not the thing that defines them. In addition, we run two residential care homes supporting a total of 26 residents with learning difficulties and other needs to live fulfilling lives in a supportive family community.

The Portobello Community Forum, Wakefield epitomises the complete essence of just what the DOYCI is all about, i.e. in response to obvious poverty and concerns local residents felt they needed to take a more unified approach and greater responsibility for their community. As well as local residents The Forum is now made up of leaders of community groups and charities, local churches and representatives from statutory bodies. However, its ethos remains the same as it was when it was formed: changing negative and defeatist attitudes and raising expectations. All its activities are both open and welcoming with The Soul Portobello summer project providing opportunities for neighbours to get to know one another better and to sample new activities.

The 150th (Wadsley Church) Sheffield Scout Group is located in northwest Sheffield and their popularity means over 250 members come from far and wide. This outstanding Scout Group inspires children and young adults between the ages of 6 to 25 years old. No matter what their abilities or needs, by developing skills including teamwork, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment 150th enables young people to maximise their potential. 150th provides coordinated programmes of fun, challenging and inclusive activities and unique experiences. These nurture appreciation of others so that individuals and the Group make a positive impact in communities.

At Easingwold District Community Care Association we work hard in our community to ensure that people can live independent lives, enjoy a good quality of life and experience a sense of wellbeing and belonging within their community. We are a small charity with a dedicated team of staff and volunteers and we work in partnership to deliver a number of services such as: a Community Car Scheme, a Day Centre, a Dementia Day service, Meals on Wheels, a Carer’s Sitting service and a Befriending service, a Volunteer service and a Community Minibus which offers outings and assisted shopping trips.

Help 4 Homeless Veterans supports former members of HM FORCES (VETERANS) facing homelessness. We are based in South Yorkshire and have working agreements through Barnsley Council (Berneslai Homes) and Doncaster Council (St Leger Homes) to rent some of their housing stock and then sub-let to our veterans at cost. Also we have agreements in place to expand our capacity as funding allows with South Yorkshire Housing Association and Target Housing social housing providers to rent more properties. Our unique selling point is that we are small enough to react quickly; if we can help someone who contacts us it happens fast, if we are unable to help directly we will always refer enquirers to another organisation we think may be able to provide assistance.

Since 1951, Harthill Tea Day and Social Club has been run by local volunteers to provide social activities and companionship for older people in Harthill and the surrounding villages. Our key aim is to prevent social isolation of older people within our community. This has always been a popular club and recently we lowered the age limit to 50 to be even more inclusive. We arrange bi-weekly Tea Days for our 58 members which include a full buffet lunch and engaging activities. As well as this, we organise regular bus trips and events such as our 67th anniversary party this January.

Claro Enterprises, Harrogate is a charity with more than 25 years’ experience of providing services to the community of the Harrogate District. Claro offers employment experience and training to over 40 people with mental health conditions.  Claro is run and structured like any other workplace but with the experience and knowledge of skilled supervisors can offer extra support and flexibility to people whose mental health conditions have proved to be a barrier to full employment. Clients can improve their quality of life, confidence, independence, self-esteem, gain skills and make some good friends along the way!

Key Changes, Sheffield is a gender specific organisation aimed to empower women in or at risk of the criminal justice system to overcome barriers which they may face and unlock their true potential. Key Changes provides several services to women; it has a women’s centre which is a safe place for women to attend, a mentor scheme for women leaving prison, a college whereby women can achieve NVQ qualifications in hair and beauty and a salon to provide a safe work environment and rent a chair opportunities. We aim to reduce social barriers and create opportunities for marginalised women.

MY Burns Club, Wakefield provides services assisting young people (birth to 18), recover from burns injuries, supporting physical, social and psychological needs of burn survivors and families through a variety of club, camp and family activities. The cost of the activity programme is met by charitable donations, costing approximately £30,000 to fund a year’s activities. The committee monitors income and expenditure, and aims to ensure sufficient funds are held at the start of each financial year to cover the costs of two years activities. The community are invited to participate in appropriate club events and encouraged to support the club financially.

At Butterflies Dementia Support and Activities Group, Barnsley we specialise in helping elderly people with dementia to integrate into society so helping them enjoy each other’s company and escape the stress different illnesses bring. We do this by offering services including lunch clubs, support groups, drama groups specialising in dementia focused activities, film clubs, afternoon tea dances and monthly outings. We also hold a monthly bowling club event and twice yearly mini holidays. Our mission at Butterflies is to help eradicate the stigma and help others understand dementia by making people aware they can live a happy and full life if ever diagnosed.

York Mind is an independent local mental health charity covering York and North Yorkshire. It was formed when ‘Our Celebration’ and ‘York and District Mind’ merged in 2011, bringing together over 84 years’ experience of helping people with mental ill-health. York Mind works within a vision of ensuring anyone with mental health problems gets the support and respect they deserve. We aim to support health and well-being in order to improve quality of life. In partnership with others we deliver a range of services including: Befriending, Advocacy, Counselling, Young Person’s Project and Single Point of Access Project.

Doncaster Book Awards Ltd. The DBA is a volunteer run Social Enterprise Company which promotes reading for pleasure among young people throughout the Borough. By adopting an innovative, inclusive and child-led approach we strive to raise educational attainment, address low literacy levels and create a reading community.  Our interactive website gives children a voice about reading choices and celebrates achievement. We organise and run a wide range of free events/activities; author, poet and illustrator visits, museum trips and workshops that link books to children’s wider interests such as drama, sport, art and dance.

Streetbikes, Huddersfield is passionate about making positive changes to people’s lives through cycling regardless of ability, age, gender or background. Our ethos: there are different bikes not different people. We run inclusive cohesive mixed ability cycling sessions for all abilities providing various adapted bikes. We deliver AQA bike mechanics accreditations for young academically challenged people. We have recycled and given away 8,500 bikes to those in need. We run community cycling clubs in deprived areas where recycled bikes are provided. We have continuity of delivery through 40 dedicated volunteers. This has had a massive and positive impact on participant’s health and wellbeing.

The Friends of Rotherham Chapel on the Bridge are a secular group formed in October 2014 to raise awareness of the chapel, one of only three bridge chapels in the country, and with a history dating back to 1483. We open one day a month to increasing numbers of visitors and to give talks to groups in the chapel and at their own venues. Many are fascinated by the chapel and its different uses over time; as an alms house, a jail and a tobacconists. One of our group has written a book ‘The Chapel on the Bridge – Legacy of an Archbishop’, which has sold extremely well and helps raise the chapel’s profile.

Horticap, Harrogate is a local charity supporting adults with learning disabilities through training and education in horticulture. Established in 1984, Horticap fills a need within the community for those unsuited to traditional day care centre provision. Horticap offers a wide range of opportunities for people with learning disabilities. Our students participate in training and education in horticulture both on-site and off-site and, to a lesser extent, in crafts and retail experience. The work we do illustrates that people with disabilities can make a positive contribution to the community and provides a means of integration of our students into the community.

The Doncaster & District Deaf Society is run by dedicated volunteers based at the Deaf Community Centre in Doncaster. The Society offers unique services, borough wide, to British Sign Language Users; overseeing the health, wellbeing and training of vulnerable deaf people and caring for wheelchair members and members with mental illness and learning difficulties through its five deaf groups: The OAP Group, Social Group, Leisure Club (young deaf adults & families), Deaf Parent & Toddler Group ‘Happy Hands’ and Deaf Drama Group; each providing a range of activities and events, preventing exclusion and isolation while maintaining their language and culture.

Sparkle Sheffield is a parent/carer developed, led and operated charity supporting children, young people and their families. It reaches over 2,000 families annually. The Charity provides a range of services, comprising of activity groups and sessions for children and young people all year round including holiday play schemes, leisure, arts, sports opportunities, trips, residential opportunities and developmental support groups.  We operate a sibling’s support group and parent/carer support groups, autism awareness training, autism diversity proofing consultancy and our advocacy service comprises over 400 cases annually. We also deliver highly successful Autism inclusion campaigns.

Nominations for the DOYCI Outstanding Leadership Award

Christine Conacher: Christine was involved in the founding, organisation and operation of the Harthill Tea Day and Social Club and has been the main thread providing the thrust, drive and determination to maintain its continuing existence and success for over 50 years. In the last few years she has had to face up to the personal and social consequences of debilitating illness whilst being involved in the redevelopment of the organisation. As a result of her determination, courage and ability to work with others, the Tea Day is in a very strong place now with improved governance, management and continuity. Belying her age and health condition, she still chairs the Management Board and continues to give lustre to her many years of capable and devoted leadership to her community. In terms of her leadership and long term commitment to this work, Christine Conacher has richly earned recognition. This level of commitment, even amongst the good people we have seen hitherto across Yorkshire, is exceptional.

Karl Cooper: Karl had the vision many years ago to see that the increasing variety of people being diagnosed with HIV+ and full blown AIDS were in need of something more than medical treatment and the concept of improved personal and social support was developed. Karl’s role has been highly significant and successful in developing the principle and setting up practical solutions that have expanded and developed over the years in Barnsley and beyond. He is definitely the kingpin that enables +me Positive to be such a vibrant organisation. He is passionate, dedicated, supportive and a role model for everyone within the organisation. Karl is a quiet leader so he doesn’t shout about his achievements but it is clear to see how everyone feels about him and what he has done for the organisation and its service users. People feel he is +me Positive and look to him for guidance, support and leadership. “Karl has +me positive written through him like a stick of rock.” He is also aware of the responsibility he has to ensure the sustainability of the organisation which shows his capability, strength and wisdom in looking forward to the future. He is an exceptional individual doing an exceptional job.