The exemplary work of Bristol’s voluntary sector was celebrated this week at our Voluntary and Community Sector Awards, the 'Voscurs'. Forty nominations were made in the five award categories, and hundreds voted to decide the winners.
The award categories included the Thriving Bristol Award; Best Idea into Action Award; Community Venue of the Year Award; Longest Serving Volunteer Award and a special award to thank those who have shown support to the sector. Winners included BCfm and Ujima Radio for the One Love Breakfast Show, St Werburghs Community Centre, local community festival ‘Fishfest’ and local Cub Scout Leader, Roy Harvey, who has selflessly helped young people to be their best and develop their confidence for over 54 years.
Speaking to voluntary sector delegates at the Voscurs, The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Faruk Choudhury said:
“Without your contribution, I think, as a local authority, it would have been very hard to keep our city going. Because of your contributions, our city is one of the best cities to live in in the United Kingdom. Everyone in the room is a winner to me and behalf of every community in Bristol, I, as your Lord Mayor, thank you for all of your hard work.”
Goska Ong, Centre Manager at St Werburghs Community Centre who won the Community Venue of the Year Award, said:
“We are very pleased. It really means a lot to us. The Centre staff and trustees work very hard and you can clearly see that they love what they do. It is fantastic to achieve the recognition for hard work and celebrate it with the team.”
Voscur also received recognition at the event from Neil Cleevely from NAVCA who presented a NAVCA Quality Award. This award recognises the quality of Voscur’s work with and for the voluntary and community sector in Bristol.
For a full list of 'Voscur' winners click here
To see photos from the event, click here.
To see a video of the Voscurs being announced, click here.