The Civic Awards will celebrate and recognise the individuals and organisations who make Middlesbrough such a great place to live. These new awards - incorporating the prestigious and long-running Citizen of the Year Award - will honour those who make fantastic contributions to day-to-day life in the borough.
The shortlist highlights individuals, community organisations and businesses who have made a real difference to the residents of Middlesbrough. These are our unsung heroes and we want to let them know how important they are.
Improving Employment Opportunities for Residents (community)
Actes is a charity which supports local people into, or closer to, employment through innovative, peer-led delivery models. Since its inception in 2001, Actes has worked with over 20,000 people, many with multiple barriers such as low educational attainment, learning difficulties, issues with substance misuse, or with little financial capability.
This award was kindly sponsored by Stagecoach NE.
Improving Employment Opportunities for Residents (business)
Winner: Hardwick House
Part of The Riverside Group, Hardwick House is a unique service providing accommodation and support for single homeless veterans in Middlesbrough. The service works with ex-servicemen and -women for up to 18 months, supporting them to make a successful transition into permanent housing and employment.
This award was kindly sponsored by Faithful & Gould.
Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Residents (community)
Winner: Feast of Fun
Feast of Fun is a grassroots project that offers support for the many families who struggle during the summer holidays. With the children at home 24/7 and no free school meals, the weekly budget has to stretch further for food and there is little left for activities and treats. This year Feast of Fun will be operating in over 20 venues across Middlesbrough, working with at least 1,000 children and families.
This award was kindly sponsored by Gleesons.
Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Residents (business)
Winner: Recovery Connections
Recovery Connections delivers residential and community support for people on a recovery journey out of addiction. Rated Outstanding by CQC, Recovery Connections are proud to support individuals and families achieve their potential and contribute to the local community.
Ageing Better Middlesbrough
This award was kindly sponsored by Everyone Active.
Helping People to Improve their Educational and Vocational Capability (community)
Winner: Locardia Chidanyika
Locardia Chidanyika is an entrepreneur, mentor, life coach and leader. She is the founder and director of women’s organisation called ‘Women Today’ and the assistant director of 'Virtuous Women' at Victory Christian Ministries International. She invigorates women everywhere by speaking life, promoting wellness, and encouraging wholeness.
Costel Laurentiu Bruma
This award was kindly sponsored by Middlesbrough College.
Helping People to Improve their Educational and Vocational Capability (business)
Winner: The Bungalow Partnership
The Bungalow Partnership is a local charity offering therapeutic support to children, young people and families across Teesside. They believe that all children and young people deserve to be heard and therefore use a wide range of creative approaches to help children communicate in their own unique way.
Savvy Hair & Beauty
This award was kindly sponsored by Teesside University.
Making People Happier (community)
Winner: Claire Higgins
Claire is an amazing 'bundle of energy' who is just so full of life despite its challenges. She knows everyone and everyone knows Claire. She volunteers two days a week, one at the hospital and the other at the Community Hub at Newport Settlement. She fills her life with activity.
This award was kindly sponsored by Holiday Inn Express.
Making People Happier (business)
Winner: Off the Ground
Off the Ground is a speciality coffee shop and social enterprise which hosts a range of community activities and is run by Dan, Josh, and Imogen. Off the Ground is a sustainable and environmentally friendly business providing ethically-sourced stock.
Christa Spencer (Seqens)
Lorraine Ferry (Glanbia Performance)
This award was kindly sponsored by Ramsdens.
Making Physical Improvements to our Neighbourhoods (community)
Winner: Hemlington Angling Club
From the vision of three angling enthusiasts to a fishing club that now boasts 86 members, Hemlington Angling Club was re-constituted in November 2018 after being around for many years and has quickly established itself within the community.
Friends of Bluebell Beck
Friends of Stainton & Thornton Green Spaces
This award was kindly sponsored by Logic Architecture Ltd.
Making Physical Improvements to our Neighbourhoods (business)
North Ormesby Neighbourhood Development Trust (NONDET) is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. Their aim is to improve the quality of life in the community through housing, childcare, and personal and social development. They encourage local residents to become involved in the running of the organisation and to set the policies which direct the work of the organisation projects.
This award was kindly sponsored by Ashall Projects Ltd.
Citizen of the Year Award
Winner: Maggie Lan
Maggie Lan set up a charity named Possibilities Made BeLievable whose aim is to make a difference to the lives of people within the community. Maggie is aware there is a growing need within the community and they aim to make a difference to people’s lives as much as they can.
This award was kindly sponsored by M&S.
The Civic Community Awards are kindly supported by: