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Reach For The Stars - The Annual Inverclyde Community Awards 2019 - Is Now Open For Entries


Above - Back L-R: Ian Bruce, CVS Inverclyde; David Shaw, Waterfront Cinema; Sharon Bonnar, River Clyde Homes; Awards judge and Provost Martin Brennan; Jim Gannon, Ardgowan Hospice volunteer patient driver (2018 Winner); Eleanor Robertson, Trustee, Inverclyde Community Fund and judge; Andrew Bowman, Riverside Inverclyde. Front L-R: representing 2018 award winners Alison Bunce, Compassionate Inverclyde, Joan McDade, Ardgowan Hospice; and Jenny Speck, former Chair of Broomhill TARA.

Reach for the Stars - the annual Inverclyde Community Awards 2019, is now open for entries.

Citizenship and communities are the themes for this year’s awards initiative, organised by CVS Inverclyde to reward the achievements of voluntary organisations and community groups, as well as individual and team volunteers across Inverclyde.

Sponsors, judges and 2018 award winners joined CVS Inverclyde at its Inverclyde Community Hub in Greenock town centre for the launch, with a collective call for entries by the deadline, Thursday 22 August.

This year’s six categories are:

  • Voluntary Organisation of the Year, sponsored by Inverclyde Life;
  • Volunteer Impact, sponsored by River Clyde Homes;
  • Volunteer Team Impact, sponsored by Waterfront Cinema Greenock;
  • Citizenship in Action, sponsored by Inverclyde HSCP;
  • Corporate Citizenship, sponsored by Inverclyde Community Development Trust; and
  • Environment, Culture and Heritage, sponsored by Inverclyde Council.

Joining category sponsors in their support for the awards are Riverside Inverclyde, West College Scotland, Volunteer Inverclyde and the Inverclyde Community Fund. Films will be made by the College’s Creative Industries Television students as part of their curricular activities, for screening at the Big Screen Awards Night at the Waterfront Cinema in November.

CVS Inverclyde Chief Executive, Ian Bruce, said:

“Every day, there are hundreds of people helping their community in many remarkable ways. Now it’s time for us to join with our sponsors in Reach for the Stars, as we recognise their valuable contributions to local life, work and play, and to the local economy.

"We look forward to receiving entries across the categories in the weeks ahead to showcase the great work going on here in Inverclyde.”

Andrew Bowman, Head of Business Investment at Riverside Inverclyde, said:

"Riverside Inverclyde is delighted to be able to support the Reach for the Stars awards for the second year in a row and urge all of the community to get involved in nominating and voting." 

Following the entry deadline in August, independent judging panels will meet to shortlist three finalists in each of the categories, with up to five selected for Voluntary Organisation of the Year.

This category will then be opened up to a People’s Vote at the CVS Inverclyde communities and voluntary sector conference, Citizenship and Communities, in the Beacon Arts Centre on Wednesday 4 September, where finalists will be announced.

Finalists will be invited to the Big Screen Awards Night at the Waterfront Cinema in November, where the West College Scotland films will be premiered, and winners revealed.

TV presenter Jean Johansson will host the evening, which will conclude with a movie, courtesy of the Waterfront Cinema, for the audience of finalists, colleagues, friends and family.

Entry forms can be downloaded here or picked up from CVS Inverclyde, Inverclyde Community Hub, 75-81 Cathcart Street, Greenock PA15 1DE, Tel: 01475 711733. There are lots of sponsorship opportunities to get on board and support the event in the months ahead, with more information available from Elaine Nicol, PR & Marketing Officer, CVS Inverclyde.

Join in the awards chat by tagging your Tweets #ReachforStars19.

More about Reach for the Stars categories:

  • Voluntary Organisation of the Year, sponsored by Inverclyde Life, is open to an organisation in Inverclyde’s communities and voluntary sector that demonstrates good citizenship with its work having a positive impact in the local community. Has it reached significant goals or celebrated outstanding achievements? Perhaps it has taken an innovative approach to develop and connect with its community? Up to five candidates will be shortlisted as finalists by judges, who will place them in first to the fifth position, accounting for 50% of the vote. Finalists will then go forward to the People’s Vote, accounting for the remaining 50% and determining the overall winner, who will be awarded £500 by the Inverclyde Community Fund, along with a crystal trophy and certificate#
  • Volunteer Impact, sponsored by River Clyde Homes, is looking for an individual volunteer in Inverclyde who has made an outstanding impact within their community, as well as those who have made a difference to the organisation/s with which they are involved. Winners will receive a crystal trophy, with vouchers and a certificate for all finalists
  • Volunteer Team Impact, sponsored by Waterfront Cinema Greenock, is looking for a volunteer team in Inverclyde who have made an outstanding impact on their community and made a difference to the organisation/s with which they are involved. Winners will receive a crystal trophy, with vouchers and a certificate for all finalists.
  • Citizenship in Action, sponsored by Inverclyde HSCP, is open to a person or group in Inverclyde who has/have made something happen in their community to improve cohesion, reduce isolation or challenge inequalities. Winners will receive a crystal trophy and certificate.
  • Corporate Citizenship is aimed at Inverclyde’s social enterprises and private sector businesses and their employees, who demonstrate good citizenship through volunteering, fundraising or sharing resources, and make a positive impact on the local community. Winners will receive a crystal trophy and certificate.
  • Environment, Culture and Heritage, sponsored by Inverclyde Council, are all vital to our local communities and local economy. Judges will look at how a community group or voluntary sector organisation operating in Inverclyde has committed to supporting, protecting, developing and advocating the local environment, culture or heritage, helping to create a better place to live, work and play, or more attractive place for visitors. Winners will receive a crystal trophy and certificate.

Published: 24 June 2019