The glittering, high-profile awards ceremony of the year is just around the corner – no, not the Oscars, it’s the Voscurs. Bristol’s voluntary sector awards celebrate individuals and organisations working in the community, and three individuals whose projects were funded by BAB have been nominated.
Amy Perrin is the founder of The Marmalade Trust, an organisation which puts on a Christmas Day dinner for older people who would otherwise be alone. The Trust was funded by Bristol Ageing Better to improve communication and engagement, allowing them to recruit more volunteers and reach more older people.
She’s joined in the nominations by Judith Davis who works for Knightstone Housing, a charity which was funded through the BAB Community Development project. As part of that work, she’s been able to help groups with applications for Kick-Start funding to implement new initiatives to reduce isolation and loneliness in the older population.
The final nominee with a BAB connection is Gillian Flowers, who runs Bristol Community Friendship Club. It’s been up and running for just over a year, and provides friendship and fun for women over 50 in the Bristol area through meetups and events. Bristol Ageing Better funded some promotional materials through the Community Kick-Start fund, allowing the group to reach more people in need of a friendly face.
BAB Programme Director Adam Rees said: “We’re very proud that people connected with several projects we have funded have been nominated for the Voscurs awards. It’s great to have the opportunity to celebrate the brilliant work done by those in voluntary and community organisations around Bristol and we’d like to congratulate everyone who’s been nominated.”
Jess Walker, Digital Marketing and Communications Officer at Voscur says: “Our sector achieves incredible things for local people each and every day but often the true impact of this work is not widely known about. The annual Voscur’ awards ceremony is a chance for us to recognise some of the local people and groups who are working tirelessly to improve our lives and communities. We urge local people to vote for the inspiring individuals and organisations they would like to see win this year’s awards and we hope that you will join us at We The Curious on 30 November to see them announced.”
Voting is now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 17th November, so make sure you’ve cast your votes for the people and projects you think deserve a win.
Voscur is the support and development agency for Bristol's Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE). It supports organisations to increase their impact and works with the investors that commission and fund the work of the VCSE to ensure they make informed decisions and design effective services. Voscur is also instrumental in building relationships between providers and investors to help them work together to coordinate services and maximise the social value they can collectively create.
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