Community Focused Business of the Year 2017 Finalist – Deemon Performance Academy

Deemon Performance Academy have made it to the final three for being a huge part of the local community and providing a fun and safe environment for young people to learn and older generations to be part of something in their community.

Deemon Performance Academy, run by Emma McMillan and her team, are based in Barrow-in-Furness, have a been a part of the community for several years, providing a safe and fun place for young people of all backgrounds and abilities to come and experience the joy of performance through signing, acting and dance but more than that they are a family to the local children and their families, who can turn to Deemon in tough times for support, advice and help or just pop along and enjoy the company and have a cup of tea.

The Deemon team encourage the young performers to be all that they can, and although they are there to learn dance, signing and acting skills, they go away with life skills such as confidence, lba17_cfb_deemon-performance-academy_-ailsa_emma_katie-resize-for-blogcourage and a feeling of self worth.  Every child that leaves Deemon, believes in them self.

Deemon make sure that several places are reserved for people who are unable to send their child to a performance academy, making it possible for these opportunities to be available to any child.

The students of the academy, work hard to create the shows, which help them raise money which gets put back into the local community through charitable donations to local groups and projects such as the RNLI.

Emma McMillan, Head of Deemon says “…Every child is special to us, we try to make sure we can always give the free places away… It’s hard work but it’s always worth it when you see what a difference our young people can make in their communities and families, when they leave us with confidence and a sense of self-worth.” 

 

TO VOTE FOR DEEMON IN THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD  

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Each text vote costs your normal network text message charge.

One free vote may be made online by visiting www.lovebarrowawards.co.uk/peopleschoice

Voting closes at 6.00pm on the Sunday 19th February 2017. Any votes received after then may be charged but will not be counted.

The winner will be announced at The Love Barrow Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 and will be announced via Facebook and Twitter also.


Community Focused Business of the Year 2017 Finalist – Imagine Independance

lba17_cfb_imagine-independence_lorraine-buckley-resize-for-blogImagine Independence has made it into the finals for the great work they do with people who are disabled and are seeking voluntary work, work experience or even paid employment.

Imagine Independance is a charity with a positive approach to mental health and works to promote opportunities for people to live a full and independent life. The team work together with people with mental health issues and other challenges so they can live a full and independent life.

Lorraine Buckley is Cumbria Employment Advisor for the Barrow area.  Many of the people she engages with have lots that they can contribute to their community and so she works with them to help them have secure good housing, employment, fulfilling leisure activities, good health and a respected place in society.  The service is tailored to each client and makes a huge difference in their lives and in some cases turned round the lives of people with no confidence, mental illnesses and disabilities.

Imagine Independence helps to support other local services including Barrow Adult Social Services, Barrow CMHT, Imagine Clients, Employment/Voluntary work Providers and Local Further Education Services.

One of the services users has says “The service has changed my life and I am now a confident individual with prospects that once I thought I’d never have.”

 

 

TO VOTE FOR IMAGINE INDEPENDENCE IN THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD  

TEXT  LBA9 to 82055

Peoples Choice Award Sponsor

With thanks to Blake Henderson Ltd for sponsoring this award

Each text vote costs your normal network text message charge.

One free vote may be made online by visiting www.lovebarrowawards.co.uk/peopleschoice

Voting closes at 6.00pm on the Sunday 19th February 2017. Any votes received after then may be charged but will not be counted.

The winner will be announced at The Love Barrow Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 and will be announced via Facebook and Twitter also.


Community Focused Business of the Year 2017 Finalist – Lake District Farmers

Lake District Farmers have been made it to the finals for the generosity of the team in their donations to local charities and their continue efforts to fundraise in the local area.

Lake District Farmers supply premium quality, breed specific meat products, direct to fine dining establishments throughout the UK, providing customers with the full supply chain history, whilst supporting the Farmers and their local community within the Lake District and surrounding areas.

lba17_cfb_lake-district-farmers_dan-austin-resize-for-blogThe company is run with a team that includes Daniel Austin.  The team at Lake District Farmers decided that they would like to make sure they gave back to the communities that they live, work and raise their families in and in memory of the founder of the company, set up the Ray Armstrong Foundation.  So, every month the company donates money to a chosen local charity in the area. The charities and people are suggested by the staff and then with the whole team together, they decide on who will benefit that month.  Daniel says “…it is a difficult meeting as there are so many great deserving charities, groups and people out there, some of the stories have me and the team in tears…”

Despite having their own setbacks over the past few years, of fires and landslides destroying the premises, the spirit of the team has never wavered and they just get up and give it another go, making sure that the business thrives so it can continue to make a difference in so many local people’s lives.

As well as the donations, the team are always looking after people who need help and will individually fundraise for the Ray Armstrong charity so that local people can benefit.  Although the team are very busy with the business, they are never too busy to help including one year where Daniel dressed up as a Santa Elf and gave chocolates to the residents at Ostely house.

People who have benefited from the kindness of Daniel and his team say “Dan and the team are just brilliant, their donation made such a huge difference to my sons life, its so nice to see him smile when he plays on the play area that was provided for us by Dan and his team, an amazing company and amazing people. “

TO VOTE FOR LAKE DISTRICT FARMERS IN THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD  

TEXT  LBA7 to 82055

Peoples Choice Award Sponsor

With thanks to Blake Henderson Ltd for sponsoring this award

Each text vote costs your normal network text message charge.

One free vote may be made online by visiting www.lovebarrowawards.co.uk/peopleschoice

Voting closes at 6.00pm on the Sunday 19th February 2017. Any votes received after then may be charged but will not be counted.

The winner will be announced at The Love Barrow Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 and will be announced via Facebook and Twitter also.


Community Focused Business 2017 Nominee – Womens Community Matter’s

Women’s Community Matters have been nominated for the Community Focused Business of the Year Award.

Women’s Community Matters was established in 2014 as a centre for women in the area to get access to help support and guidance in all aspects of life.

Who Are they?

womens-community-matters-2016-logoBased in Duke Street in Barrow-in-Furness, the core team of Women’s Community Matters live and breathe the philosophy that Every Woman Matters.  The team are made up of real women, who understand the pressures, the challenges and the successes that women face on a daily basis and are supported by volunteers and a wide variety of other organisations and business throughout the area.

Women’s Community Matters help to make a  positive difference to the lives of women in the Barrow area. They help in all ways providing resources to women in crisis and those who are vulnerable and at risk and provide a friendly, safe centre where you can simply pop in for a cup of tea and a piece of cake!

It doesn’t matter about your age or background, the centre welcomes all women aged 16+.

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Photo by Women’s Community Matters

They run Drop in sessions,  activities and courses where women can learn and grow and have their own clothes bank.

The team strive to create an atmosphere of empowerment and self-development, removing obstacles and dealing with issues together.  A lot of the women who benefit from the centre go on to help and  participate in the day to day running as volunteers, trustees and members.

 

If you know a person, a group, charity or business who deserves some recognition then you have until the 18th November 2016 to nominate them for a Love Barrow Award 2017.

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Please note all information is from the nomination form (s) and some information may be incorrect at time of publishing.