No Child Left Behind: Winners announced
By Sarah Wood | 27th January 2023
The 12 winners of the 2022 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) awards were announced at a ceremony at Cheltenham Town Hall last night (January 26).
The event is an annual celebration of the many organisations and projects which support local children and families and was once again held in association with Punchline-Gloucester.com.
Over 300 guests - including families and children - attended to celebrate the achievements of Cheltenham's organisations who work towards long term change, addressing inequalities and offering support.
The awards showcased all the exceptional and inspirational work that is making a real difference to Cheltenham's children, young people and their families facing challenges.
Awards covered a wide range of issues, including family support and physical and mental health, with six new categories ranging from inclusivity, environmental projects, digital innovation and business support.
This year, No Child Left Behind received its highest number of entries, with more than 60 submitted by organisations, teams and individuals across the 12 categories.
The awards were hosted by entertainer Camilla Lewington.
Camilla Lewington said: "I love the No Child Left Behind awards, it's incredibly heart-warming to see the children and organisations coming together to celebrate everyone who is doing so much to help children, young people and their families thrive."
Cllr Flo Clucas, cabinet member for communities and safety at Cheltenham Borough Council, said: "It was such an incredible night, celebrating all the hard work that goes on in our communities to change the life chances of the town's most disadvantaged children.
"Congratulations to all the winners. Cheltenham should be proud of every project, organisation and person involved, as they make an enormous difference to young lives.
"My special thanks to our judges, performers and our host Camilla Lewington, who did a fantastic job entertaining everyone.
"We are all in some way affected by recent economic challenges and our media partner, Punchline-Gloucester, were incredibly supportive, working with terrific organisations to ensure the awards went ahead. Without them, the event would not have been possible.
"A huge thank you to all sponsors, especially Infrastar, Cheltenham Trust who provided the iconic Cheltenham Town Hall and Production AV with Sorted Global, who supplied our audio-visual equipment."
Exciting and inclusive music performances were given by Oakwood Primary School samba band and Belmont School choir. Guests also enjoyed a fun zone of games and activities, provided by All About Fun UK.com.
Cllr Sandra Holliday, mayor of Cheltenham and NCLB awards judge, said: "I was thrilled to be asked to be a judge for the No Child Left Behind awards. The decision making was not easy, and Cheltenham should be exceptionally proud of the fantastic community spirit and great work over the last year. My congratulations to all finalists and the NCLB award winners."
The event wouldn't have been possible without the support of generous sponsors, including main sponsor Infrastar, a specialist computer networking and infrastructure company based in Cheltenham.
The winners and category sponsors are:
• #OurTown - Understanding how child poverty affects our town and taking action - Springbank Community Group CiC. Sponsored by Cheltenham Borough Council
• #GoingGreen - Working to improve the environment now and for the future - Growing Hope Club - Belmont School. Sponsored by Gloucestershire College
• #GoodMentalHealth - Helping children and young people or families to improve their mental health - Gloucestershire Reaching Families Project - CCP. Sponsored by Creed Foodservice
• #OurViewsMatter - Hearing the voices of children and young people and creating change with them - Every Cloud Play and Creative Arts Therapy. Sponsored by Infrastar
• #StrongFamilies - Building happy and resilient families - Contact Centre Services - Family Space
• #FutureLeaders - Giving children and young people the opportunities to become leaders - Young Interpreters Scheme - Gardners Lane Primary School. Sponsored by Randall & Payne
• #PhysicallyActive - Encouraging children and young people and families across the town to get moving - ASDAN Football Course - Cheltenham Town Community Trust. Sponsored by Brickhampton Court
• #InspiringLearning - Supporting children and young people to develop a love of learning - HALT Project - Cheltenham Animal Shelter. Sponsored by Hartpury University and College
• #FunandFulfilment - Helping children and young people find their strengths and passions - Inspire Confidence Building Group - The Rock. Sponsored by Incito
• #BusinessForChange - Celebrating local businesses that support children and young people - Move More
• #InclusionWorks - Unlocking the potential of all our children and young people - Essential Space CiC. Sponsored by Renishaw
• #DigitalInnovation - Enabling children and young people to thrive in a digital world - IT Schools Africa. Sponsored by Punchline-Gloucester.com
Mark Owen, editor of Punchline-Gloucester.com, said: "I'm incredibly proud and humbled to be involved in what has become my favourite event of the year. I'd like to say a big thank you to all the sponsors that answered the call, a big well done to Cheltenham Borough Council and, most of all, a big shout out to all the volunteers at the organisations who put so in much time and dedication to help the children."
All images credit: Mikal Ludlow
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