This award recognises the best community group contribution to improving health and wellbeing.

About the Health and Wellbeing award

With an ageing population and an NHS under strain, it is particularly important that we all think about how we can keep ourselves active and well.  Community groups are at the forefront of efforts to demonstrate how simple lifestyle changes or better local facilities can contribute to physical health and mental wellbeing, particularly among groups with high-risk factors or in areas with significant health inequalities.

2019 Sponsor

Kindly supported by Firmdale Hotels

Groundwork is a charity that Firmdale Hotels has become very loyal to, due to their ongoing commitment to areas within the community – offering support, encouragement and investment in areas and people that would otherwise be neglected, The ongoing community focus, care and development of new initiatives is inspiring and every one of our team that has had some involvement have been inspired and uplifted by the experience. We are very proud to sponsor the Best Community Group contribution to Health and Wellbeing category, and to support and encourage the passion, commitment and enthusiasm displayed by the nominees.

Anna Jackson, Operations Director at Firmdale Hotels

2019 Shortlisted Projects

Reach Out; Start to End Suicide (Winner)

Reach Out; Start to End Suicide’ is a campaign dedicated to the prevention of suicide, run by START, a mental health charity in Salford.

Taylor Made Dreams (People’s Choice Winner)

Taylor Made Dreams is a charity that enables children with life limiting illnesses and terminal conditions to achieve their dream.

Blood Bikes Scotland

Blood Bikes Scotland offers a free of charge transport service to NHS Lothian, Borders, Fife and Forth Valley. Via a fleet of ten specially adapted hi-viz motorbikes.

2018 Shortlisted Projects

Mayfield Nurseries (Winner)

Mayfield Nurseries is a charitable social enterprise supporting people with mental health problems and dementia through horticultural therapy, peer support, work experience and training.  The group use horticulture as a platform for change and improvement, offering people the chance to build their resilience and to improve their confidence and wellbeing in order to lead a more active role in the community.

Livestock – Mothers Uncovered

Livestock is a charity that works within the community running arts groups, events and performances to support, connect, educate and entertain.  The charity’s primary project is Mothers Uncovered, which helps participants reconnect with the women they’ve always been and provides a support service through workshops and arts projects, giving participants the chance to talk honestly about their feelings and experiences, without fear of judgement.

Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal (People’s Choice Winner)

Hannah’s Holiday Home provide free respite, memory making family breaks to children with cancer and life limiting illnesses.  Since 2006 the fantastic team have fundraised to grow and become successful.  Due to the team’s dedication and work – organising events such as annual balls, golf days, sponsored events, collection and awareness days – they have raised awareness and flourished.