This annual prestigious evening, and held at Oxford Town Hall, saw Play2Give recognised amongst so many charities and groups as well as individual outstanding volunteers for incredible charitable work and spirit across the county, and we were delighted to be nominated.
This year, we were nominated in not just one but two categories. We was up for two hotly contested categories, 'Best Team of Volunteers' and 'Charity of the Year'. Sadly, we didn't win in either category, but we were up against stiff strong incredible competition and we are not disheartened at all, we are just delighted to have been nominated and recognised in the beginning by supporters including Mike Foster from Didcot who nominated us.
The event is an annual event organised by Oxfordshire Community & Voluntary Action (OCVA) and showcases the wonderful everyday work and heroism of many incredible charities, groups and individuals all making a positive difference to people and even animal's lives across the county, and we were very humbled to be present and part of such a special evening and in amongst such great colleagues in the sector.
The Charity of the Year 2015/16 went to My Life My Choice, a self-advocacy organisation helping people with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire to live the life they choose. In 2015 MLMC had its highest ever income, won national acclaim for its campaigning work, pressing health authorities to learn lessons from the death of Oxford teenager Connor Sparrowhawk whilst three members were selected to serve on Guideline Committees at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), whilst members are working with NHS England to inspect services. MLMC has expanded its services for young people in Oxfordshire, opening three new self-advocacy groups for young people with learning disabilities. More information on this very well deserved charity of the year's award win can be read
Whilst the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016 went to Aspire Oxford. Established in 2001, Aspire Oxford is a social enterprise with charitable status, creating more and more work opportunities for people facing barriers to employment. Our friends at Headway Oxfordshire was also short-listed in the top 3 for their 28 years of wonderful care and support to adults living with acquired brain injuries and their carers and families.
The Best Team of Volunteers Award went to Cogges Manor Farm in Witney - a volunteer supported organisation ensuring continued public access to a much treasured community asset, whilst this year's Innovation Award went to Farm Ability - a charity supporting adults with autism and learning disabilities providing access to meaningful activities that improve their well-being and increased independence, enabling them to participate actively in their communities.
In total 10 Charity gongs was handed out, whilst 51 volunteers received individual awards. See all the winners and awards news
Charity Award Winners:
- Jennings/MCT Best New Group Award: Oxford Food Surplus Cafe
- Oxfordshire LEP Innovation Award: Farm Ability
- Oxford Bus Company Environmental Award: Rose Hill and Iffley Low Carbon
- Oxford Brookes Management of Volunteers Award: Oxford Homeless Medical Fund Volunteer Team
- Heyford Park Oxfordshire Working Together Award: Oxfordshire Recovery College
- ByBox Best Community Project: The Community Action Group Project
- Hunts Best Team of Volunteers Award: Cogges Manor Farm
- Clark Howes Lifetime Achievement Award: Aspire Oxford
- ami Good Neighbour Award: Silver Robin
- Penningtons Manches Charity of the Year Award: My Life My Choice