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IT'S REACH FOR THE STARS

...as winners are announced for Inverclyde Community Awards 2016

Winners of the Reach for the Stars Inverclyde Community Awards 2016 have been revealed at a glittering awards dinner in the Beacon Arts Centre, hosted by TV presenter Jean Johansson.

Branchton Community Centre lifted the Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2016 title, which was selected by a hotly contested people's vote after five finalists were shortlisted by judges.

The awards, run by third sector interface CVS Inverclyde, in partnership with Trust Volunteering Inverclyde, saw charities, social enterprises, voluntary organisations and volunteers rewarded for their contribution to the local community.

Films shot by West College Scotland Creative Industries Television students, as part of their curricular activities, introduced finalists in the seven categories, before each winner was announced. Joining Branchton Community Centre in the winning line up are:

Health & Care sponsored by Inverclyde HSCP - A group or organisation that has contributed to a healthier Inverclyde or provides care services:
Winner - Muirshiel Centre & Muirshiel Home Maintenance Service
Finalists: Ardgowan Hospice, iHeat (The Wise Group)

Sports & Activities sponsored by Inverclyde Life www.inverclydelife.com - A group or organisation that provides sporting or other social activities for local people:
Winner – Greenock United Football Club
Finalists - Gourock Golf Club, Greenock Light Opera Club

Innovation sponsored by Trust Volunteering - A group or organisation that is doing something new, something original or something brave – something new to them or to the sector, such as an adaptation, or a new way of tackling a long-standing problem:
Winner - RIG Arts
Finalists - 5 Mummies Make SRG (Self Reliant Group)

Community Champions: Equalities & Inclusion sponsored by River Clyde Homes - A group or organisation that has worked effectively in its community to celebrate diversity, reduce barriers or increase opportunities for those who are marginalised in society:
Winner – Belville Community Garden Trust
Finalists - ALFI (Adult Learners Forum Inverclyde), Financial Fitness

Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Millions Sweets - A local person who contributes outstanding service and support to the local community as an unpaid volunteer:
Winner - James McDonald
Finalists - Ian McArthur, Jenny Speck

Volunteer Team of the Year sponsored by Oak Mall Shopping Centre - A group of people who contribute outstanding service and support to the local community as unpaid volunteers:
Winner – Greenock Cut Conservation Volunteers
Finalist - Barnardo's Inverclyde Nurture Service, Heartstart Inverclyde

Finalists who lined up with Branchton Community Centre for the Voluntary Organisation of the Year category were Enterprise Childcare, Future Skills Inverclyde, Inverclyde Tourist Group and MindMosaic Counselling and Therapy.

"Our Reach for the Stars awards evening at the Beacon was a great celebration of Inverclyde's vibrant third sector community," said Ian Bruce, Executive Officer of CVS Inverclyde. "We congratulate our winners and also all the finalists who gave our judges another challenge in making their selection.

"Through our Inverclyde Community Awards we pay tribute to organisations, groups and individuals who excel in service provision and support for their local community and deliver a significant contribution to our local economy. We would like to thank our sponsors and independent judges who have joined with us to highlight that the spirit of Inverclyde's third sector community is alive and kicking."

Category winners were presented with a crystal trophy and certificate, with Branchton Community Centre also being awarded an Inverclyde Community Fund grant of £500 as winner of the Voluntary Organisation of the Year. Vouchers were awarded to the six individual volunteer and volunteer team finalists and all finalists received a certificate.

A prize draw, in aid of the Inverclyde Community Fund, raised more than £700 on the night for the local grant making body, which is administered by CVS Inverclyde.

CVS Inverclyde's award partners this year included Oak Mall Shopping Centre, Peel Ports – Clydeport, Inverclyde HSCP, River Clyde Homes, Inverclyde Life, Millions Sweets, Trust Volunteering, Cardwell Garden Centre, Funworld and the Beacon Arts Centre.

To view a photo of the Voluntary Organisation of the year click here.

NUTRITION TOPS AGENDA FOR CVS INVERCLYDE

NUTRITION TOPS AGENDA FOR CVS INVERCLYDE
... as team aim for healthier working lives

Major changes introduced all in one go is never a good thing for building healthier lifestyles, according to Ross Davey, owner and head coach at Greenock-based CrossFit Caber.

It was part of his seminar on nutrition with the team at CVS Inverclyde, who are now working towards silver accreditation with Health Working Lives (HWL), an initiative that helps employers create a safer, healthier and more motivated workforce.

Reach For The Star's Winners

Inverclyde Community Awards logo smallIT'S REACH FOR THE STARS
...as winners are announced for Inverclyde Community Awards 2015

Winners of the Reach for the Stars Inverclyde Community Awards 2015 have been revealed at a glittering awards dinner in the Beacon Arts Centre.

3rd sector conference

COMMUNITY, CONNECTIONS, COLLABORATION... the Third Sector's contribution to nurturing Inverclyde

Thursday 1 October 2015, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Community, Connections, Collaboration are the key themes for our Third Sector Conference this year – opening up the debate on how we can change the existing, somewhat competitive, culture between sectors to one that embodies a more collaborative approach.

Delegates will hear from a range of keynote speakers during the morning session in the Beacon Studio downstairs, with a range of workshops throughout the afternoon in the upstairs Gallery rooms.

Book your place now by visiting https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-connections-collaboration-the-third-sectors-contribution-to-nurturing-inverclyde-tickets-18174954779

Schedule

8.45 - Delegate registration at foyer – networking time with teas/coffees served in the Bistro

9.15 - Welcome overview, CVS Inverclyde Chief Executive Officer Ian Bruce

9.25 - Opening remarks from John Mundell, Chief Executive of Inverclyde Council

9.45 - Colin Mair, Chief Executive of Improvement Service

10.15 - Anne Mills, Chief Executive, Ardgowan Hospice

10.45 - Tea/coffee and more networking

11.00 - Time to review and vote for candidates for the Voluntary Organisation of the Year award, the main category in our Inverclyde Community Awards in November.

11.05 - Kenneth Hogg, Scottish Government Director for Local Government & Communities

11.30 - Dr Miles Weaver of Edinburgh Napier University Business School, on Young Trustees in Scotland

11.50 - Panel Q/A

12.00 - As delegates break for lunch in upstairs lounge, CVS Inverclyde members remain for AGM

13.00 Workshop 1 – Choose from:

Dr Miles Weaver, Edinburgh Napier University Business School: How to encourage more people to get on board? - Miles will outline how to identify ways in which Trusteeship can be encouraged and how we can build relationships and networks to support the development of trustees in Scotland.

Drew MacEoghainn, Community Ownership Support Service: Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill - The Community Empowerment Act has the potential to become one of the most influential pieces of legislation ever drawn up with communities playing a fundamental role at the heart of its development.

Amanda Ptolomy, Volunteer Service Co-ordinator, Trust Volunteering: Volunteering Collaboratively - Amanda will look at different ways your organisation can increase volunteer participation – whether this is about engaging volunteers in the traditional role of service deliverers, as influencers and designers of community led solutions, or as innovative, participatory action researchers - volunteers can be the key to unlocking your organisation's collaborative potential. The workshop will consider the practicalities of involving volunteers in the most meaningful and impactful way.

Aiveen Ryan – Laughter Yoga - We will hear from this inspirational Laughter Yoga specialist, who will provide two afternoon workshops to show us how Laughter yoga has huge potential for individuals and organisations in many ways. It can help us build up our immune systems, reducing cortisol levels in our body (stress hormone), making us more productive and focused at work and happier in ourselves – no wonder they say laughter is the best medicine!

14.30 Workshop 2 – Choose from:

Anne Kidd, CEO, Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire: Better By Design – Anne will tell us about how in East Renfrewshire this Third Sector Interface brought together a national provider, local groups and volunteers to provide a solution to the NHS's problem with people being stuck in hospital because they didn't have the necessary support to allow them to return home. Better by Design is an innovative approach to designing solutions using the knowledge and capabilities of people from all backgrounds, encouraging people to leave their preconceptions and current role at the door.

Bill Clements, Deputy Manager, CVS Inverclyde: Asset Based Approaches and Co-production - are two of the key buzzwords of the moment. With funders and commissioners ever more expectant that the people they fund can demonstrate their ability to work in an asset based or co-productive manner, then this course provides the guidance to ensure that organisations can do so. The workshop will provide people with an introduction to thinking in an asset-based way and help them understand what co-production looks like.

Susan Robertson, Strategic Investment Officer, CVS Inverclyde: What's 'hot' (and what's not) in grant funding? This interactive session will look at what's happening in the funding environment at the moment, and offer hints and tips on how to excel in an increasingly competitive market.

Aiveen Ryan – Laughter Yoga - We will hear from this inspirational Laughter Yoga specialist, who will provide two afternoon workshops to show us how Laughter yoga has huge potential for individuals and organisations in many ways. It can help us build up our immune systems, reducing cortisol levels in our body (stress hormone), making us more productive and focused at work and happier in ourselves – no wonder they say laughter is the best medicine!

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