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Civic Awards 2021 - Boro's unsung heroes

The Civic Community Awards return for a third year in 2021, celebrating local people who have made a difference. Community spirit has been unwavering over the last 12 months and we’ve witnessed many extraordinary acts of kindness from people all over the town. This year, the Awards focus on celebrating the incredible local spirit, which has seen residents and organisations collaborating together to support vulnerable communities at this difficult time.

We're pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Civic Awards, which were presented at a ceremony in Middlesbrough Town Hall on Monday 20 September.

Citizen of the Year

Winner - Tony Wedlake

Since 2015, Tony Wedlake has dedicated much of his time voluntarily to help change people's lives and create happy memories. In 2017 he co-founded the Teesside Family Foundation which not only supports many local activities but also provides specialist equipment for disabled people, support for the elderly, homelessness help, and support for forces veterans. The foundation has raised somewhere in the region of £400,000 over the last 4 years.

He has also arranged many fundraising events raising thousands of pounds to help provide treatment for poorly children and specialist equipment for children with disabilities.

Runners up:

  • Jackie Young
  • Mark Horkan

Check out the Civic Awards brochure to find out why all of our winners and runners-up were shortlisted.

Covid Hero

Winner - The White Feather Project

The White Feather Project, under the guidance of Mark Horkan, has been running for over a year with a number of volunteers who have worked tirelessly since the start of pandemic. They have delivered emergency food care packages to people in crisis, those who are vulnerable and NHS staff. They have also supplied meals to school children over the school holidays. They now have 3 community food hubs staffed by volunteers which are open 7 days a week to help low income families.

Runners up:

  • Adele Bowen
  • Revd Sister Jane Emson

Check out the Civic Awards brochure to find out why all of our winners and runners-up were shortlisted.

Health and Wellbeing

Business

Winner - Step Forward Tees Valley

Partnership working between Step Forward Tees Valley and Pioneering Care Partnership gives customers in Middlesbrough a range of opportunities to improve their health and wellbeing. One project is a series of weekly workshops – 'Healthy Me, Confident Me'. These are small, friendly group sessions which focus on goal setting, relaxation, mindfulness, as well as the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating.

Runners up:

  • Depaul UK
  • Recovery Connections

Community

Winner - Nite Light CIC

Nite Light CIC work at ground level and really connect with people in need from the homeless and pensioners to families both in and out of employment. They help with basic essentials such as meal cards and hygiene bags for men, women and children. Keeping clean, washing regularly and having the means to do this without worry greatly increases people’s health and wellbeing.

Runners up:

  • Hart Gables
  • The White Feather Project

Check out the Civic Awards brochure to find out why all of our winners and runners-up were shortlisted.

Helping People Learn

Business

Winner - The Hope Foundation

The Hope Foundation has delivered learning and skills in Middlesbrough for over 25 years in the community. Concentrating on the skills that people need for life they deliver maths, English and IT. The quality of the learning is excellent, demonstrated in retention and achievement rates.

Runners up:

  • Step Forward Tees Valley
  • Thirteen

Community

Winner - Ubuntu

Ubuntu Multicultural Centre CIC offers education, advice, support and advocacy for migrants - whilst remaining impartial, non-judgmental and non-directive. In addition, they aim to provide a place for individuals to explore their options in a safe, comfortable and trusted environment through training, workshops, cultural recreation, dance, sports activities and meetings.

Runners up:

  • Kim Dixon
  • The Prince's Trust

Check out the Civic Awards brochure to find out why all of our winners and runners-up were shortlisted.

Improving Job Opportunities

Business

Winner - Active Tees Valley

Over the course of the last 24 months Active Tees Valley have made a massive impact on the lives of Middlesbrough residents, especially in East Middlesbrough by identifying the importance of upskilling and offering employment opportunities for local people.

They have helped lots of people into work placements, supported them by mentoring, secured employment opportunities and, in some cases, to start their own business.

Runners up:

  • CTees
  • Skins & Needles

Community

Winner - The Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust Middlesbrough team work really hard throughout the year to engage with young people. They work with partners across Middlesbrough and the surrounding areas to offer hundreds of free courses, grants, and mentoring opportunities to inspire young people to build their confidence and start a career. They are always there to support any young person to achieve their full potential.

Runners up:

  • Kim Dixon
  • Linx Project

Check out the Civic Awards brochure to find out why all of our winners and runners-up were shortlisted.

Improving our Neighbourhoods

Business

Winner - Community Ventures

Community Ventures have made a visible difference to the outside spaces in Thorntree, especially around its community centre on the Greenway. They have carried out several litter picks and painted over graffiti in the area. They encourage residents to go out and take pride in their local environment.

Runners up:

  • Middlesbrough Environment City
  • Step Forward Tees Valley

Community

Winner - Jackie Young and Community Champions

Community Champions Middlesbrough, founded by Jackie Young, is a grassroots organisation which has enabled people across the town to become involved in litter picking. Jackie and the Community Champions have targeted very large areas, including the River Tees Big Tidy Up from the Transporter Bridge to Newport Bridge. Another brainchild was the restoration of the dinosaurs at the 10 acre Teessaurus Park which had fallen into disrepair.

Runners up:

  • Frances Graham
  • Paul Cutter (Friends of Fairy Dell)

Check out the Civic Awards brochure to find out why all of our winners and runners-up were shortlisted.

Making People Happier

Business

Winner - Sag Hussein

During the bleakest moments of the lockdowns, Sag, Linzi and their colleagues were, for many isolated people, the only friendly faces they regularly saw – and their only real, human connection to the outside world. Whilst this may also be true for many local shops, Sag certainly went above-and-beyond the call of duty; whether it be providing free deliveries of newspapers to senior citizens, or free deliveries to those having to isolate and unable to access online shopping.

Runners up:

  • Community Ventures
  • Youth Focus North East

Community

Winner - Tracy Hunter

Tracy is an absolute credit and asset to the Easterside community. She delivers paper to at least 4 elderly people on the estate and regularly shops for others. Tracy does this every day, come rain or shine. On the weekend, she and her husband Eddie regularly cook meals and give them out to less fortunate people on their street. She has provided so much comfort and company to elderly people on the estate who have nobody.

Runners up:

  • Abi Witherden
  • Harry Staines

Check out the Civic Awards brochure to find out why all of our winners and runners-up were shortlisted.

Middlesbrough Children Matter - new award for 2021

Winner - George Martin

George, aged 7, has been a member of Boro Champs for 2 years and is an inspirational, fun, bubbly and caring young man. He attends as many litter picks as he can and is passionate about the environment we live in, explaining to others the importance of looking after wildlife.

During the lockdown George raised over £1,000 to buy iPads and collected used laptops with the help of his mum for his school St Pius RC Primary.

Runners up:

  • Ben Lynas
  • Isabelle Playford

Check out the Civic Awards brochure to find out why all of our winners and runners-up were shortlisted.

Read the stories from 2021

Check out the Civic Awards brochure to find out why all of our winners and runners-up were shortlisted.

If you're struggling to read the PDF, please email civics@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

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