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The Award

* * * Please note: There will be no Community Action Award during 2014, but it will resume in 2015 * * *

The Creme of Nature Community Action Award is all about giving something back to the many communities across the UK that have helped make Creme of Nature one of the most well known brands in the hair and beauty market for the past 30 years.

This Award is all about making a real difference. So if you are small with a big idea and just lacking funding, the Creme of Nature Community Action Award could be just what you need to make your dreams come true and start to make a real difference to the community you serve.


What can the money be used for?

There are very few limitations. In recent year the judges have chosen finalists that have presented ideas that are based on the need for capital items so that after there is a possibility that the award will leave a lasting legacy. Ideas that require support for salaries ir expenses have not been favoured by the judges in recent years.

It’s up to you to decide what you could do with £10,000. Remember the Community Action Award is a single payment of £10,000. That can take any organisation a long time to save. It can transform the work you do today, into the work you dream of doing in future, for the community you serve. And remember this year there will be a single runners up award of £5000, The 3rd 4th and 5th placed finalists after the online vote will receive £500 of Creme of Nature Products

The Award for 2013

The 2013 Award will be £10,000 with the 1st runner up receiving an Award of £5000

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community action award2nd runner up £500 of Creme of Nature products

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community action award4th runner up £500 of Creme of Nature products

It will be up to each finalist to promote their cause and get supporters to vote using a secure text voting service. Voting will take place from the 1st May to the 20th May 2013. Votes can come from anywhere in the UK - one vote per person. It could be a lot of fun, and a great way to get your local community to find out what you do now and what you could do in the future if you won the award.

The presentation will be in London at Store City (2012 winner) in late May or early June 2013.

If you would like to register your interest for the 2013 award please send an email with your contact details to info@communityactionaward.com and as soon as the application process starts you will be sent all the details.
 

2012 Winner: Store City - details here

2011 Winner: Victory Outreach - see how their award has been used here

The winner of the 2011 Creme of Nature Community Action Award is Victory Outreach Manchester. A cheque for £10,000 will be presented to the Team from Victory Outreach on the 12th May at the Students Union Building at Manchester University, as Student Action Manchester were last year’s winner, and therefore have the pleasure of hosting this year’s presentation.

Tarnya Coley from Victory Outreach commenting on winning the Award said “We were ecstatic and extremely grateful that we won the award as it took a lot of hard work! We joined together as a team going into our schools, universities, workplaces, and even on the streets getting the support of the local community, and in return we are committed to making a massive positive impact on our community. In winning this award, we are now able to carry out some of our great ideas that we have to drive improvements in our community.”

Victory Outreach plan to use the Community Action Award for 4 important projects, to provide on-site computer training, renovate the community kitchen, install a CCTV security system and improve toilet facilities to accommodate disabled access.

Check out how Victory Outreach have used the Award to benefit the community here.

Victory Outreach accepting the cheque for £10,000 as winners of the 2011 Community Action Award

Victory Outreach accepting the cheque for £10,000 as winners of the 2011 Community Action Award

Some of the Team from Victory Outreach Manchester

Some of the Team from Victory Outreach Manchester

Pastor Paul making sure the cheque was safe

Pastor Paul making sure the cheque was safe

Celebrating a great Team effort

Celebrating a great Team effort


2010 Winner: Student Action Manchester - see how their award has been used here

This year the first prize of £10,000 moved north to the Students of Manchester, who volunteer throughout the year to help a wide variety of people young and old and from every community. The Award will enable many more deserving individuals to be made to feel valued and important, and at the same time have a lasting impact on many of the students.

Emily Booth Projects Manager for Student Action Manchester, when asked what the impact will be on winning the award said that “New volunteering projects can now be made possible”

Students Action Manchester is part of the University of Manchester Student’s Union, and was set up to enable students to give something back to the community.

Emily completed an application so that specific projects in Mosside and Manchester City Centre could be undertaken for the first time and then become sustainable for the foreseeable future.

The £10,000 was presented at Shern Hall Methodist Church on the 16th July 2011.

Check out how Student Action Manchester have used the Award to benefit the community here.


2009 Winner: Shern Hall Youth Methodist Steel Band - see how their award has been used here

The 2009 Creme of Nature Community Action Award was won by the Shern Hall Youth Methodist Steel Band.

Evangelica Brumant the Youth and Musical Leader for the Shern Hall Youth Methodist Steel Band along with Dr Lionel McCalman from Nostalgia Steel Band and the committee members applied for the award because of a desperate need to purchase a set of new steel pans rather than borrowing pans from Nostalgia.

Evangelica summed it up: “for over three years we have been nurtured and developed by Nostalgia Steel Band using their instruments. We have dreamed of having our own so that we can grow and fulfill our potential and make a real difference to those in our community. Today all our prayers have been answered. This award makes so much possible, we are absolutely thrilled. We wish to thank the organisers, adjudicators and fellow applicants for making this event possible. We hope our endeavours will prove us worthy winners of this prestigious award.”

The presentation took place on July 10th at The Galleria in Bromley. The Galleria is a community hair and beauty training salon that was created with the help of last year’s award and is now able to offer skills for life to many who otherwise would have little or no chance of becoming economically independent.

Check out how Shern Hall Youth Methodist Steel Band have used the Award to benefit the community here.

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2008 Winner: Be Totally You - see how their award has been used here

The 1st winner  was Be Totally You, based in Lewisham to support their goal of providing training in creative arts and beauty for young women in the local community. Beverly Ejimofo, Chair of Be Totally You on receiving the award said “We are thrilled to have received such a prestigious award from a company we have known for many years. We have such a high level of creativity in the community but this rarely translates into high quality opportunities for ordinary folks to access good jobs or business; which contributes to better standards of living for them and their families”

Be Totally You used the Community Award to set up Galleria a training hair and beauty salon in Bromley.

Check out how Be Totally You have used the Award to benefit the community here.

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