Glittering night celebrates Sheffield’s quiet community heroes

30th November 2018

Fare Share Yorkshire’s commitment to turning surplus food destined for landfill into home cooked meals for vulnerable people, saw them crowned the Champions of the Voluntary Sector, in a glittering awards ceremony at the University’s Octagon Centre on 22nd November.

Fare Share Yorkshire was just one of the local volunteer and community organisations honoured for their work across seven different awards categories based on the vision published earlier this year by the social leaders’ network, setting out our ambition for the sector in the city and scale of its contribution.

Maddy Desforges, Chief Executive at VAS, who opened the evening said: “Tonight we have the opportunity to step back and recognise the enthusiasm, commitment and sheer hard work of so many people who help to make Sheffield a better place to live.

“The voluntary and community sector contributes so much to the life of our city but we rarely stop to appreciate just how much is being achieved. While there can only be a small number of winners tonight, our real aim was to bring people from across the sector together to celebrate the incredible work and achievements of everyone.”

More than 300 people from 60 local groups were joined by local civic leaders and dignitaries to celebrate the achievements of the shortlisted organisations and winners.

Dr Julie MacDonald, Deputy Lord Lieutenant said  “What a wonderful atmosphere tonight-  I am honoured to present the Sheffield Volunteering Awards and to meet so many people from the various charities and organisations in the city.”

Over 100 high-quality nominations were submitted for seven categories and the independent judging panel had a challenge whittling it down to just two shortlisted organisations for each category.

The standard of activities and services being presented and the range and breadth of accomplishments described was incredible. While there were only seven awards, the entire sector was celebrated for their perseverance and determination.

The winners of the Make a Difference Sheffield Awards 2018 were:

Fare Share Yorkshire for Champion of the Voluntary Sector
This charity takes surplus the food industry and redistributes it to frontline charities, services and community groups to provide home-cooked meals to vulnerable people.

The Suit Works for Employment and Skills Awards
A free service to help unemployed men of all ages to succeed at interview by building confidence and self-esteem through personal styling. Clients referred to us will be given a styling session, a suit, shirt, tie and shoes and if needed an interview skills training session to help them be the best they can.

Golddigger Trust for Health and Wellbeing Award
This charity believes that each young person has the potential and ability to live a full and positive life, and strives to see transformation through empowering young people to make positive, informed choices for themselves.

SAVTE (Sheffield Association for the Voluntary teaching of English) for Inclusion and Equality Award
A charity that trains and supports volunteers to teach English to people in their homes and at community-based conversation clubs, their aim is to help reduce isolation by helping people develop their everyday language skills so that they become more confident and empowered to integrate more fully into the Sheffield community.

Zest for Resilient Communities Award
An award-winning community enterprise delivering high quality and responsive services to local people; they are passionate community enablers, working to tackle local inequalities and improve community wellbeing.

St Luke’s Hospice for Sheffield Volunteering Award
This charity aims to deliver the best possible palliative care in Sheffield, whilst developing and driving continual improvements for everyone affected by terminal illness.

Chilypep for Voice and Influence Award
Chilypep is a nationally registered youth empowerment charity based in Sheffield, where we work to empower and improve the lives of children and young people.

Look out for the shortlisted organisations films, photos from the night and more about the winners stories in the next week on our awards pages.