Things are hotting up as we fast approach the Big Screen Awards Night 2019 for Reach for the Stars, the annual Inverclyde Community Awards 2019, where this year's winners will be revealed!
Click here to find out more about our finalists and visit the Big Screen Awards Night page to find out more about the fun-filled cinema evening on Thursday 21 November ... and be sure to book your seats for the premieres!
Citizenship and communities has been the theme for this year's awards initiative, aimed at rewarding the achievements of voluntary organisations and community groups, as well as individual and team volunteers across Inverclyde.
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; and Environment, Culture and Heritage, sponsored by Inverclyde Council.
Joining category sponsors in their support for the awards are Inverclyde Community Development Trust, Riverside Inverclyde, West College Scotland, Volunteer Inverclyde and the Inverclyde Community Fund. Films are being 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 on Thursday 21 November.
Every day there are hundreds of people helping their community in many remarkable ways. We have been delighted to join with our Reach for the Stars sponsors in recognising their valuable contributions to local life, work and play, and to the local economy, and showcase the great work going on here in Inverclyde.
Our thanks go to our independent judging panels, who were given the challenge of shortlisting finalists in each of the categories.
BIG SCREEN AWARDS NIGHT
Finalists have been invited to the Big Screen Awards Night at the Waterfront Cinema Greenock on Thursday 21 November, where the West College Scotland films will be premiered and winners revealed. The evening will conclude with feature film, Last Christmas, courtesy of the Waterfront Cinema, for the audience of finalists, colleagues, friends and family. Tickets priced £5 are now on sale, which includes a bubbly reception and cinema treats.
Don't forget to 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, was looking for 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 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, was 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, was 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, was 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.
Environment, Culture and Heritage, sponsored by Inverclyde Council, are all vital to our local communities and local economy. Judges looked 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.
Pictured at the awards launch from left are: Andrew Bowman, Riverside Inverclyde; David Shaw, Waterfront Cinema; Jenny Speck, 2018 Volunteer Leader winner; Jim Gannon, representing 2018 Volunteer Team winner, Ardgowan Hospice Patient Transport Service; Joan McDade, Ardgowan Hospice; Provost Martin Brennan, a judge again this year; Sharon Bonnar, River Clyde Homes; Eleanor Robertson, Trustee, Inverclyde Community Fund and judge again this year; Alison Bunce, Compassionate Inverclyde and 2018 Voluntary Organisation winner; Allen Stevenson, Inverclyde HSCP; and Ian Bruce, CVS Inverclyde.