Sector Star Awards celebrate local community and voluntary activity

Sector Star Awards celebrate local community and voluntary activity

The winners of the voluntary and community sector star awards, which recognise the contributions of volunteers and staff who change lives in our local areas every day, were announced last night.

Winners in the twelve categories were honoured for all their amazing community and voluntary activity, in a star-studded ceremony organised by us.

The awards, now in their fourth year, were kindly supported by American Express® and were judged by a panel drawn from local public agencies, businesses and the local community.

The ceremony was attended by over 200 people from local communities and included guests from the local Council and Clinical Commissioning Group and local businesses, and was hosted by local comedian, Drew Cameron.

Twelve awards were presented to young and adult volunteers and to community workers and organisations, in recognition of their dedication and their achievements in changing lives and making our communities better places.


Sally Polanski, CEO of Community Works, said:

“The awards were a huge success and it was a fantastic opportunity to highlight the dedication, creativity and talent of those who work tirelessly every day to improve lives in our local communities.

“Thank you to the judges and to Drew Cameron for their involvement, and to our awards supporters, American Express, and individual award supporters Brightminded, Brighton & Hove buses, and City College Brighton and Hove.

“And thank you to everyone who made a nomination, and who attended and made the evening such a success. It was wonderful to celebrate the amazing community and voluntary activity happening locally.”


We ensure that voluntary and community action has the greatest possible impact on people in the local area. We provide support to over 500 charities, community groups and social enterprises, all of which are working to improve the lives of 10,000s of people every day.

We also help people looking to volunteer to find the right option for them, and connect local businesses and public agencies with voluntary and community activity taking place locally.

For more information please contact Sally Polanski, CEO on or 01273 234032

A full selection of photographs from the night is available on request.


About the award winners

Winner of category:  Most Creative Approach to Community Cohesion

Brighton Table Tennis Club: for running sessions with Brighton Housing Trust and Friends Families and Travellers, fostering community integration and cohesion between groups of people that would not normally have a chance to meet and become friends.

Winners of category: Excellence in Furthering Equality and Diversity

Friends, Families and Travellers and MindOut: for their commitment to furthering equality and diversity and, ensuring that our local area is an inclusive place for everyone.

Winners of Category: Best Partnership or Collaboration

Sussex Armed Forces Network and Time to Talk Befriending: both winners have shown particular expertise in how to work in partnership to ensure effective service delivery. Between them they have formed partnerships with over 50 voluntary and community organisations and public sector agencies to empower some of our most isolated residents.

Winners of Category: Best members of a Committee or Trustee Board

Dave Ely, Safety Net and Billie Lewis, LGBT Community Safety Forum: for an outstanding commitment and going above and beyond over many years to consistently supporting the development of two highly-valued local organisations.

Winners of Category: Most effective Community Works Rep
Kirsty Walker, Trust for Developing Communities and Jess Sumner, Age UK Brighton & Hove: for consistent excellence in representing the voluntary and community sector over a number of years. We are lucky to have such committed volunteers.

Winner of Category: Most innovative Commission or Public Sector Service Collaboration

Brighton and Hove Food Poverty Action Plan: a truly cross sector collaboration with multiple partners across the city. Making sure that together all sectors can change lives and the environment.

Winner of Category: Greatest contribution to the community by a business

Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company: the contributions by Brighton & Hove Bus Coach Company to the community were many. But the panel wanted to particularly acknowledge their commitment to equality and diversity through their support for disabled people and improving accessibility in the city.

Winners of Category: Outstanding Volunteering Contribution: Young People

Jordan, Trust for Developing Communities and Mattias, Young Men’s Health Champion, Right Here Brighton and Hove: celebrating Jordan’s and Mattias’s amazing contribution to the organisation they volunteer at and the communities who they change through their hard work and dedication. They have both grown from being recipients of services to delivering services to others and now steering the organisations themselves.

Winners of Category: Outstanding Volunteering Contribution: Adults

Raminder Gill, Hangleton and Knoll’s Multi-Cutural Women’s Group and Ann Bradley, Grace Eyre and Volunteer Linguists Team, Sussex Interpreting Services and Volunteer Team, Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans: for outstanding work with a huge number of volunteers who’ve contributing many hours to local communities across the local area for decades and can often go unsung.

Winners of Category: Small Group – Big Achiever

Brighton Open Air Theatre Trust and Mother’s Uncovered: the panel recognise Mothers Uncovered and Brighton Open Air Theatre for creating a service that didn’t previously exist to women at a vulnerable time in their lives and creating a community asset that will be there for future generations to enjoy.

Winners of Category: Biggest Impact in the local area

Lucky Dip and Sussex Community Foundation: the panel wanted to recognise a small group and a larger organisation, proving that everyone can have an impact on their local area and in many different ways.

Winners of Category: Lifetime Achievement

Chris Todd, Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth and Jackie Fuller,  North Laine Community Association and Marion Silsby, Honeycroft Childrens Centre: this was by far the most difficult category to choose from, we’re lucky to have such committed individuals making such a difference. Between them Chris, Jackie and Marion have contributed over 90 years to the local voluntary and community sector making a huge difference to their organisation and the causes they fight for. We are so proud to acknowledge their hard work and commitment.


1.  We want community and voluntary action to have the greatest possible impact on people in the local area
2.  We create the support structures and networks that enable people and organisations to give their time, expertise and energy more effectively
3.  We’re a membership organisation for voluntary and community organisations in Brighton, Hove, Adur and Worthing
4.  We help people to volunteer with organisations and causes in Brighton, Hove, Adur and Worthing

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