Wirral causes make shortlist for foundation awards

The final shortlists have been revealed for the Steve Morgan Foundation 20th Anniversary Awards.

The shortlists include a number of Wirral based causes, including Bee Wirral CIC, The Open Door Centre, The Martin Gallier Project, NEO Community, and others.

A record 337 entries were received with charities from across Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales all vying for a share of £175,000 prize money.

The public were initially allowed to vote for their favourites online and accounted for 20% of the overall decision-making process.

This was followed by two rounds of judging by trustees from the Steve Morgan Foundation before the final shortlists were agreed.

There are a total of 11 awards up for grabs. They are:

  1. Best Entrepreneurial Charity with turnover above £250k
  2. Best Entrepreneurial Charity with turnover below £250k
  3. Greatest Local Impact with turnover above £250k
  4. Greatest Local Impact with turnover below £250k
  5. Changing Young Lives with turnover above £250k
  6. Changing Young Lives with turnover below £250k
  7. Best Volunteer Team with turnover above £250k
  8. Best Volunteer Team with turnover below £250k
  9. Disability Champion
  10. Volunteer of the Year
  11. Outstanding Individual Contribution (winner to be announced on the day.

Categories 1-8 have a first prize of £12,000 and two runners-up prizes of £4,000. Categories 9-11 are discretionary awards with one award of £5,000 to the winner.

The winners and runners-up will be announced at the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Conference and Awards at Carden Park Hotel on 28 March 2022.  The conference will include workshops.

Jane Harris, Director of Regional Grants at the Steve Morgan Foundation, said, “We had a record number of entries so it was a real challenge just to get to a final shortlist. Congratulations to all those involved.”

The shortlists are as follows:

  1. Best Entrepreneurial Charity with turnover below £250k
    • Bee Wirral CIC, Birkenhead
    • Brighter Futures
    • Kirkby Amateur Boxing Club Ltd
    • Mersey Youth Support Trust
    • Pennysmart CIC Ltd
  2. Best Entrepreneurial Charity with turnover above £250k
    • Crest Co-operative Ltd
    • The Open Door Centre, Birkenhead
    • Positive Futures North Liverpool
    • SAFE Regeneration Ltd, Bootle
    • The Wishing Well Project
  3. Greatest Local Impact with turnover below £250k
    • CELLS Project CIO
    • The Martin Gallier Project, New Ferry
    • Rotunda Inclusive Hub CIC
    • Teardrops Supporting Your Community, St Helens
    • Torrington Drive Community Association
  4. Greatest Local Impact with turnover above £250k
    • Fun 4 Kidz
    • NEO Community, Rock Ferry
    • Netherley Youth and Community Initiative Ltd
    • The Big Help Project Ltd
    • Tomorrow’s Women Wirral
  5. Changing Young Lives with turnover below £250k
    • Active Hope Ltd, Warrington
    • Cerebral Palsy United FC
    • The Inclusion Network CIC
    • Thriving Spaces CIC
    • Walton Youth and Community Project
  6. Changing Young Lives with turnover above £250k
    • Passion For Learning CIO, Ellesmere Port
    • Positive Futures North Liverpool
    • The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society
    • Venus Working Together with Young Women
    • WEB (Women’s Enterprising Breakthrough) Birkenhead
  7. Best Volunteer Team with turnover below £250k
    • Chester Pride
    • Incredible Edible Knowsley CIC
    • Motherwell Cheshire CIO
    • North East Wales Search and Rescue Team
    • Paper Cup Project
  8. Best Volunteer Team with turnover above £250k
    • Emmaus Merseyside, Seaforth
    • Koala North West, Birkenhead
    • NEO Community, Rock Ferry
    • Passion For Learning CIO
    • Tom Harrison House, Anfield
  9. Disability Champion
    • Creating Adventures, Warrington
    • Down Syndrome Cheshire
    • Happy Times Activities Ltd, Moreton
    • Neuro Therapy Centre Ltd, Saltney
    • The Brain Charity
  10. Volunteer of the Year
    • Andrew Johnston – SAFE Regeneration Ltd
    • Carol Haggart – The Port Grocery CIC
    • Margaret Guppy – CBI / Bradbury Fields Services for Blind and Partially Sighted
    • Ray Evans – Erlas Victorian Walled Garden, Wrexham
  11. Outstanding Individual Contribution (winner to be announced on the day)

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