The Council and democracy Be Proud Awards

Be Proud Awards 2024 categories

Taking Neighbourhood Climate Action - sponsored by Redgate

An award celebrating groups, individuals and businesses delivering local action that helps to highlight and tackle the climate crisis. It recognises those making a positive contribution to Manchester’s carbon commitments, however big or small the action. Examples include recycling initiatives, food growing, play and school streets, and climate-change activity. 

Helping to Tackle Poverty - sponsored by One Manchester

This award celebrates those helping with the cost-of-living crisis and actively taking part in activities to improve outcomes for residents during the testing financial times we live in. Examples could include energy clubs, where people share resources, or food hubs where people can get their families fed. 

Increasing Skills and Employment Choices - sponsored by Southway Housing Trust

A chance to highlight those who give residents support and opportunities to increase their skills and job chances. It could be those running digital courses to help people learn more about using the internet, for example.

Creating Safer Neighbourhoods - sponsored by Wythenshawe Forum

An award to recognise those who are helping to make their neighbourhood a safer place for residents and the wider community. For example, delivering Safer Streets or Active Streets events, school safety schemes or neighbourhood safety awareness projects. 

Supporting Health and Wellbeing 

This award acknowledges local groups that support communities with their physical health and their mental and physical wellbeing. Examples include Good Neighbour groups, sporting initiatives, dementia groups, and befriending services. 

Promoting Equality and Diversity - sponsored by Wythenshawe Community Housing Group

An award that recognises initiatives to bring communities together, celebrating our differences and Manchester’s diverse cultures and heritage. Examples include intergenerational projects, digital inclusion, and community-cohesion projects. 

Creating Greener and Cleaner Neighbourhoods - sponsored by Biffa

This award celebrates groups and individuals who take action to keep their area clean and green. This could include the street they live in, the wider neighbourhood, or a local park or green space. Examples include local community clean-up groups, and Friends of parks. 

Creativity in Neighbourhoods - sponsored by Rowlinson Construction Limited

This award recognises any creative project that has people at its heart. It also celebrates those who have taken an innovative approach to community action. Examples include creative events and festivals, street parties, and using public art to help tackle problems. 

Business in the Community - sponsored by Manchester Arndale

An award to recognise businesses that put something back by investing time, skills and resources into their community. 


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