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Spirit of Manchester Awards

spirit of manchester 2023

The Spirit of Manchester Awards is a series of awards celebrating and highlighting all the excellent work being carried out in Manchester’s voluntary and community sector.

We are pleased to announce all the winners which were decided at our Spirit of Manchester Awards Ceremony on 5 October. Thank you to our judging panel for shortlisting all the nominations. 

Spirit of Manchester 2023 Awards brochure
Find out about all the amazing organisations and individuals that have been shortlisted for our Spirit of Manchester Awards 2023. Download our Spirit of Manchester 2023 Awards brochure

Spirit of Manchester 2023 Review
Thank you to everyone who helped support the Spirit of Manchester 2023 and to those who attended the event. Our Spirit of Manchester 2023 review is now available to view by clicking here


Winners and Shortlist

Volunteer of the year

Winner: Kiva Frischman


  • Lil Luckham
  • Pat Walsh

Volunteering team  

Winner: MASH Volunteer Team


  • Emmie's Kitchen
  • The SPACE Group Manchester

Volunteer involving organisation

Winner: Caritas Cornerstone


  • W.E.L Safe CIC
  • Revive CIO

Young volunteer of the year (in acknowledgement of Volunteers Week in June 2023)

Winner: Emmie Narayn Nicholas
The overall winner of this category was chosen by our panel of judges as part of Volunteers Week.

Tackling inequalities (supported by Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership)

Winner: Mustard Tree


  • Young Identity
  • Derek Jarman Pocket Park Volunteers, Pride in Ageing and LGBT Foundation

Inspiring campaign

Winner: Respect For All


  • SEND Together (Caritas Shrewsbury)
  • SPICE Group at Future Directions CIC

Creative community spirit (supported by Great Minds Together)

Winner: The Whitworth Still Parents


  • Silver Screen Dreams Project
  • Christina Jones

Partnership and collaboration (supported by Great Minds Together)

Winner: Homeless House


  • Afrocats
  • Castlefield Clean and Green and Friends of Sackville Gardens

Trustee/committee member of the year (in acknowledgement of Trustees Week in November 2023)

Winner: Mohamed Egeh  


  • Matthew Johnson
  • Brian Johnson

Service user involving organisation

Winner: Future Directions CIC


  • Booth Centre
  • Manchester Refugee Support Network

Social economy champion (supported by Rubo - Hazardous Waste Management Ltd)

Winner: Sofra Mcr


  • BEE Adventures CIC
  • Chorlton Bike Deliveries

Community cohesion (supported by Manchester City Council, Our Manchester Funds Programme Team)

Winner: HideOut Youth Zone


  • Lingua.GM
  • Manchester City of Sanctuary

The Dr Sylvia Sham award for outstanding contribution to the voluntary sector

Winner: Peggy Connarty (Irish Community Care)

There are a number of ways you can become a supporter of our Spirit of Manchester Awards and help us celebrate and reward the voluntary and community sector for all their hard work. See more on how to be a supporter

Spirit of Manchester Awards 2022 Winners and Nominees

Take a look at the winners from last year’s awards here

How it works 
Click here for how the process works, how nominations are handled and how all of this happens.