Showcasing our 2019 award finalists

People’s Choice

  • Personally welcomes new residents and members encourage participation
  • Committed and dedicated from formation to weekly volunteer
  • Leading light in the community and brings generations together

  • His skills were in the first stock of the shop – and has helped with shrewd decision making for the benefit of the business
  • Always connecting ideas in community and making them a reality
  • He “makes the shop what it is”

  • Andrew has been a leader in the village revival
  • He plays a role in every element of the shop
  • He is an ambassador for the sector

Diversifying to Make a Difference Award

Sponsored by BCRS Business Loans

  • Affordable housing scheme
  • Long list of news services including a deli, bed and breakfast, gardening club which means the pub has much longer opening hours
  • The pub has further plans including introducing electric car chargers

  • Fordhall Farm has of being a trailblazing farm decades before it faced redevelopment – this informs its continued diversification
  • The farm has a new straw-built accommodation and education centre as well as glamping, farm shop, organic café
  • Whilst continuing as an active organic farm, Fordhall opens itself up with an impressive array of educational and social projects to help many groups

  • The community pub now features a café
  • Monthly walk and talks, bi-monthly lectures from local organisations
  • Talks on dementia are highlighted as being of great benefit to local people living with or caring for those suffering from the disease

Connecting the Community Award

  • The shop features a hair salon – a striking and very different service that helps tackle loneliness among elderly
  • Printer, scanner and wifi encourages homework sessions for young people
  • ‘Good neighbours’ scheme brings customers into the shop who cannot make it themselves

  • The shop and hub offer a huge range of services from lunch clubs to IT classes, many of which help increase social contact
  • Features a library – a strong and unusual service for a community business which brings people into share the social spaces
  • As a hub it is able to offer much more than most – and indeed it does. Throughout there is a strong focus on fighting isolation and loneliness

  • For woodland has a strong mental health programme and links with mental health charity MIND and the NHS
  • Offers free transport with an eye on isolated people and understanding their needs
  • People who start as visitors go on to become volunteers

Investing in Local People Award

Sponsored by Suma

  • Working to improve wellbeing of people in the area from all backgrounds and beliefs
  • Strong emphasis on volunteering and education – internships, involvement of asylum seekers and refugees, nature based classes for schoolchildren
  • Reconnecting people with the land and food production

  • Innovative points–based rewards system for volunteers with surplus profits donated to charity
  • More than £175,000 to charity
  • More than 70 volunteers, six of whom are managers. Five young people volunteer through DofE

  • Comprehensive programme of training and mentoring for new volunteers
  • Work with younger volunteers (DofE programme)
  • Excellent story of how the shop has made a difference to a volunteer with MS

One to Watch Award

Sponsored by The Retail Mutual

  • Community went back to the drawing board and started afresh, triggering new interest and significant funding from multiple sources
  • Good use of working groups to get people involved and grow membership
  • Has undertaken a baseline survey to understand impact on community which will be revisited to track progress

  • A group that overcame significant obstacles to purchase the asset and get to the stage of opening in July this year
  • Focused on improving access – £10,000 for installation of disabled toilet and working with AGE UK to arrange dementia friends training
  • One member of committee acts as a neighbourhood liaison officer
  • Brewing local hops and apples

  • Genuine and innovative focus on community engagement – summer soiree and VR headsets.
  • Partnered with various local charities to maximise social impact – chatty café scheme, men’s shed, health walks, outreach events with a local care-home.
  • Fun pop-up bar called ‘The Cygnet’.

The Horace Plunkett ‘Better Business’ Award

Sponsored by the Co-op 

  • Marketing skills optimised
  • Partnering with local businesses
  • Turning challenges into opportunities

  • Clear business acumen from the outset
  • Understanding of the market – local food and destination pub
  • Optimising community input and skills
  • Community focussed initiatives

  • Adapting to a set of unique community needs
  • Clear volunteer roles and responsibilities
  • Celebrating identity of the Island and utilising economy to boost income
  • Learning from the network

Community Story of the Year

Sponsored by Triodos Bank 

  • Revival of the soapbox derby, a traditional community event
  • Made possible by Community Benefit Society members
  • Financial benefit for business and the community

  • Major refurbishment undertaken for much loved community asset
  • Award winning
  • People at the heart the community
  • Support to residents in adverse conditions

  • Recognise responsibility to address social isolation
  • Delivery food service
  • Re-investing into the wider network