Community Care is delighted to announce the winners of the Community Care 2005 awards.
The winners of the 10 categories and overall winner were revealed at The Marriott, Grosvenor Square in London yesterday.
The awards celebrate and reward the work of social care professionals across the UK and highlight the positive work that takes place every day.
The winners were presented with a cheque for £5,000 and this year a new award – the Maureen Oswin memorial award – was introduced for the project with the best service users involvement.
Disabled Parents support Service by Disabled Parents Network were presented with £8,000 for winning this award.
The project judged to be the best overall – Stars in the Sky by Haringey Association for Independent Living – received an additional £10,000.
Read on for a full list of the short-listed and winning projects.
OVERALL WINNER AWARD
Winner: Stars in the Sky by Haringey Association for Independent Living
Also: Winner of the Learning Difficulties Award
Winner:- Pamela Project by Birmingham Social Services
• Leisure and learning opportunities for carers – Blackpool Council (highly commended)
• OIder carers of people with learning disabilities – The Princess Royal Trust (highly commended)
DISABILITY – PROMOTING INDEPENDENT LIVING
Winner:- Communicator-Guide Scheme for Deafblind People in Essex by Deafblind UK
• 5 Digits by Dundee City Council Social Work Department
• PA Services by Independent Living Alternatives (highly commended)
• Capacity Building for Social Work Education by Shaping Our Lives (highly commended)
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
Winner:- The Wet Unit, Centenary House Project by English Churches Housing Group
• Widening Horizons by Alcohol and Drug Services
• Fraserburgh Family Service by Children 1st and Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Action Team (highly commended)
• IDU Harm Reduction Initiative by Wallich Clifford Community
IMPROVING OUTCOMES FOR LOOKED-AFTER CHILDREN
Winner:- The Excellent File by Walsall Council
• Men Can Care by Kibble Education and Care Centre (highly commended)
• Looked-after Children’s Self-Advocacy Group by Sandwell Council
Winner:- Stars in the Sky by Haringey Association for Independent Living
• The Artery by Cardiff Council
• The Listen to Us Team by Somerset County Council
Winner:- The Buddy Scheme by West Kent NHS & Social Care Trust
• Coram boys2MEN Project/CAMHS Mental Health Project
• The Lost Child by Lancashire Social Services
OLDER CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS
Winner:- Muslim Youth Helpline
• Dramatherapy in a Secure Unit by Leeds Social Services Therapeutic Team
• Transitioning Project by Spinal Injuries Association, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Back Up Trust
• Teenscene by The Trojans Scheme
Winner:- Sonali Gardens by Tower Hamlets Council and Partners
• Highfield Day Centre Counselling Service by Blackpool Borough Council
• I Fall & Chinese Falls Videos by Portsmouth Council
Winner:- Tackle It by Sunderland Youth Offending Service
• Safeguarding Children Exposed to Domestic Abuse in Cheshire by Cheshire Domestic Abuse Partnership (highly commended)
• Families First by NCH (highly commended)
SUPPORTING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Winner:- Norton Radstock Community Play Rangers by Wansdyke Play Association
• Disabled Parents support Service by Disabled Parents Network (highly commended)
• Child Action Project by Gloucestershire Children Service (highly commended)
MAUREEN OSWIN MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER
Disabled Parents support Service by Disabled Parents Network (SHORTLISTED FOR THE SUPPORTING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AWARD)