Awards honour those who help others in Nottingham
The winners have been announced in awards designed to honour people in Nottingham who strive to improve the health and wellbeing of others.
Finalists of the Michael Varnam Awards were invited to a special ceremony at The Council House.
The awards take their name from former Sneinton GP Dr Michael Varnam who dedicated 35 years to helping people in Nottingham, particularly residents and families in deprived areas. He died in 2006, aged 61.
The awards were organised jointly and judged by Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Health and Wellbeing Board, NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), One Nottingham and the Youth Parliament.
Nominations were made by the public in two categories: individual and group.
Individual Award Winner: Aleks Jackowska
Aleks has been volunteering with the Jigsaw Youth Club in Lenton for over 20 years, helping to provide activities for young people with a high functioning autism spectrum condition. The young people she works with are often vulnerable members of society, and Aleks’ volunteering enables them to take part in weekly youth sessions, taking them on trips to various locations and helping to educate them and grow as people.
Group Award Winner: Café Sobar
Café Sobar is a social enterprise run by Double Impact, a service that works to support people in recovery from substance abuse and alcoholism. Embedded as part of Nottingham’s growing café culture, at first glance in simply a modern café set in the heart of the city, it provides a number of important functions. It is an alcohol-free premises and this means that people who do not want to be around alcohol for a variety of reasons can enjoy a great atmosphere with their friends, family and community.
The other shortlisted finalists were: