It was a great honour to celebrate the amazing work of volunteers during our Community Champions Awards last week.

Although this was our third awards event, this was the first time we had held it in person at the Lancashire Football Association.

Guests enjoyed a two-course meal and our talented Project SEARCH intern Bradley entertained everyone as he sang a selection of crowd-pleasers.

Over the three years, we have had nominations for 36 groups, 59 individuals, and 12 young people. The nominations are growing each year, with a total of 42 this year.

Jacqui De-Rose, Chief Executive of Progress Housing Group, presented the awards to the winners and was in awe of everyone’s dedication.

She said: “It is an absolute pleasure to meet and celebrate the excellent work of these volunteers.

“Without them, our communities would not have the help and support that makes the world a better place to live.

“I want to say an enormous thanks to all those who nominated these fantastic individuals and to our panel of judges, who I know had a difficult job picking out the winners.

“And finally, a massive thank you to all those who volunteer and show how much they care about others. You truly deserve to be recognised.”


Congratulations to all the winners:


Voluntary Group of the Year Award


Community Network Outreach Service



The Base Community Centre



Chorley’s Angels


Community Champion Individual of 2023


Gail F

Jean B

Karen ST



Laura S

Pat U

Barbara B



Jane B

Joan M

Rebecca G


Community Champion Young Person 2023


Harry M

Rebecca L



Ruby W

Jimmy M



Isabella W


Highly Commended:


The Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Job Club in Penwortham

Mill Pond Gardeners

High Five

Fylde Community Food Hub

Wade Hall Community Association

PAWS (People and Animal Welfare Sanctuary)

Release into Victory CIC

Team KickAbout CIC

The Men in the Coffee Lounge at St Mary’s Community Centre in Leyland

Friends of Leyland Station



Andrew D

Pat L

Christine DK

Joe S

Graham S

Janet D

Sandra C

Sophie W

Rachel P

Christine W

Karen D

Linda R

Sharon H

Steph S

Bill H


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