2015 Awards

9th December 2015, London

The 2015 3rd Sector Care Awards returned once again to central London, delighted to welcome back Dame Esther Rantzen as host.

The event began with a fun but firm reminder of the people who are the heart of the work being carried out by the nominees on a day-to-day basis. Service users Certitude Community Choir opened the event with an uplifting rendition of ‘Don’t Worry’ amongst other songs, bringing hope and positivity to the room and those working within a challenging sector. According to Steve Scown, CEO of one nominee Dimensions, the inclusion of service users themselves throughout the awards was ‘so important, to keep in mind who we serve.’

It was then time for Dame Esther to take to the stage and turn the spotlight on each winner and why they deserved such recognition of their work.

The excitement and spirit of the day had most people turning to their phones to share their achievements and celebrate successes on social media. This culminated in the Awards’ hashtag #3rdSectorCareAwards trending on Twitter. This achievement meant that the fantastic work of the sector had the opportunity to receive increased recognition and spread goodwill well beyond the event’s attendees.

After such a successful event, the 3rd Sector Care Awards left everyone feeling energised, empowered and motivated to keep pushing the boundaries of best practice. The awards will return in 2016, ready to celebrate the transformative powers of great social care once again.

Winners and Finalists 2015

Beyond Governance

WINNER: Gillian Boston, CLS Care Services Limited
FINALIST: Ann McCallum, Dimensions


WINNER: Coastline’s Partner Programme
FINALIST: The Royal British Legion – Danbury Lodge
FINALIST: Community Integrated Care – Promoting Our Voting

Collaboration (Integration)

WINNER: Together for Mental Wellbeing
FINALIST: Lincolnshire Independent Living Partnership
FINALIST: Brendoncare Clubs

Community Engagement

WINNER: Gary Hunter and Rob Birch, Together for Mental Wellbeing
FINALIST: Barnsley Health Trainers
FINALIST: Andrea Richardson and Annette Stevens, Progress Housing Group


WINNER: Heidi Allen, Greensleeves Homes Trust
FINALIST: Princess Marina House, The RAF Benevolent Fund

Contribution to Sector

WINNER: The National Activity Providers Association (NAPA)
FINALIST: Shared Lives Plus
FINALIST: Richmond Fellowship

Creative Arts

WINNER: Kelly Henderson, Community Integrated Care
FINALIST: Emily Hemming, Momentum Skills Birmingham
FINALIST: Sylvie Fourcin and Hayley Mason, Artlink West Yorkshire and Peter Loosemore, Progress Housing

End of Life

WINNER: Mount Ephraim House Care Team, Greensleeves Homes Trust
FINALIST: Martin McGibbon and The Selby Team, FitzRoy
FINALIST: Lloyd Court Housing with Care Scheme, NorseCare

Innovative Quality Outcomes

WINNER: Lisa Hopkins, Dimensions
FINALIST: Heather Bromilow and Sharon Cooper, Ruby Domestic Violence Innovation Service
FINALIST: Community Integrated Care, Halton CCG and Halton Borough Council


WINNER: Dr Helen Brown, Carers Trust Cambridgeshire
FINALIST: Cashain David, Together for Mental Wellbeing
FINALIST: Catherine Murray-Howard, Community Integrated Care

Making a Difference

WINNER: Jane Ashcroft, Anchor
FINALIST: Clive Stone, Oakleaf Enterprise
FINALIST: Sherrel Fikeis, Bridge House Care Ltd


WINNER: The Space Centre
FINALIST: Sarah Maguire and Thomas Doukas, Choice Support and Nathan Cruz Coulson, Insane Logic
FINALIST: East Thames in partnership with Alcove