Last night, Tuesday 11th October 2017, nearly 400 people sat down for a 2 course meal in The Midland Hotel, to honour the first ever North West Charity Awards.
Our Greater Manchester charity, TLC: Talk, Listen, Change was among the tables of charity professionals, supporters, believers and do-ers.
It was an incredible event, hosted by Eureka Events, the first of its kind, directly created to support North West charities and provide recognition for much-needed community work.
To the exact date, 6 months after the official launch of TLC, held at The Place Aparthotel, we took home two awards, which commended two members of our team on their leadership efforts.
Left to right: Michelle Hill CEO, Alex Hill, Anna Callaghan Head of Domestic Abuse Services, DI Helen Bell GMP, Sharon Doyle STRIVE Manager, Victoria Hill Family Mediator, Gabriella Cooper Parenting Coordinator, Clare Prendergast Supervisor & Media Spokesperson, Paige Hughes Marketing Officer
Sharon Doyle, Project Manager of STRIVE, a Greater Manchester initiative led by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, intended to be a multi-agency response to domestic violence, was awarded Volunteer Manager of the Year.
Sharon’s management focuses on safety, empowerment of volunteers and has been successful in reducing police callouts by 211%. Her nomination detailed:
“Her work not only benefits volunteers, giving them purpose and passion, supporting them in expanding their skills and mentoring them back into work but her ideas, structures and methods of management truly benefit the community”.
Caption: Sharon accepted her award on behalf of her whole team
Michelle Hill, CEO of our charity, received a Highly Commended Charity Director Award for her management of the disaffiliation from a national brand and launch of TLC. Michelle was recognised for her innovative leadership methods which prioritises staff wellbeing and her ability as a strategic director to double the organisations income in just two years, expanding the services to meet the needs of the communities it serves.
Her nomination detailed:
"“Working under her, you feel supported, confident, able to take risks and know she’s got your back at every point. She breaks down concepts of what a CEO ‘should’ be like. She’s appreciated for being an understanding and flexible leader, whilst at the same time, absolutely delivering outcomes. She’s not a boss, she’s a leader”"
Caption: Michelle accepted her award on behalf of her entire team, her supporting networks, TLC funders and partners.
Our team here at TLC: Talk, Listen, Change could not be prouder of the awards received and both Sharon and Michelle have accepted the awards directly on behalf of the teams they lead and partners they worked with who have made it happen.
This is another step demonstrating the expansion of TLC, as we continue to lead on delivering a range of services which support individuals, couples, families and communities. We have big plans for the coming years and an ambitious, dedicated team to match.
We’d like to thank Eureka Events for an incredible night and the Judges for recognising the amazing efforts of all charity professionals.
We’d also like to congratulate all those nominated on the evening, across all categories as one of our attendees reported back:
“It was a great night, which served to promote the progressive, passionate and well-deserving people who work day in and day out in the sector. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded charities and we were all so impressed by the range of professionals nominated.”