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Coventry Health and Wellbeing Award 2019 winners named!

Published Tuesday, 09 July 2019

The winners of the first ever Health and Wellbeing Awards in Coventry have been announced.

H&WB Awards 2019

22 awards were handed out last night at the event partly sponsored by Pfizer, at St Mary’s Guildhall by the Lord Mayor, in celebration of everything great that happens in health and wellbeing services across the city.

They included leaders of the public health community, the city’s health grandees and the everyday selflessness of Coventry’s unsung community heroes.

Cllr. Kamran Caan, Cabinet member for Public Health and Sport said: “I am delighted to have been part of the awards ceremony, the first of its kind, and it is marked as one of my proudest moments since taking office. All the winners and runners up are an inspiration to us all and a credit to our city.  While there are still ongoing challenges to tackle in Coventry, it is these individuals and organisations that mean we are riding the curve in the right way.”

Liz Gaulton, Director for Public Health and Wellbeing said: “This year we celebrated the first ever Health and Wellbeing Awards and it has provided a platform for what would otherwise remain untold stories. These stories are about achievement, teamwork, and community spirit. I hope this is something we can deliver next year to become a prestigious “must attend” highlight for the public health and wellbeing sector’s calendar.”

The winners were:

  • Director of Public Health's Award for Outstanding Contribution: Melissa Russell from Change Grow Live, Steven Bliss from Change Grow Live, Beth Foulstone from St Elizabeth’s Primary School in Coventry, and Cllr Caan Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport.
  • Innovator of the Year: Bump and Buggy at SWFT, a free ante and post-natal exercise class for mums to be and their babies run by Kerry Harris outdoors at The War Memorial Park and Longford Park.
  • Digital Innovation of the Year: Healthy Life Styles ‘Best You’, an app developed by Stuart Jackson to support people in making lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, quit smoking, get more active and cut down on alcohol consumption.
  • Social Value Contribution: Healthy Life Styles Coventry and Karen Wagstaff’s efforts, working closely with The Canal River Trust to support the regeneration of the Canal Basin in the city.
  • Participation Award:  Victoria Castree for her work at Steps for Change, encouraging people with lived experience to develop themselves, their strengths, and reach their potential.
  • Highly Commended - Participation Award: The Positive Parenting Team lead by Vicki Finlay and Gillian Broomfield to help parents support their children’s’ development.
  • Healthy School Award: Stephanie Ghafoor at Henley Green School in Coventry.
  • Innovative Community Engagement Award for Pharmacy: Vantage Chemist
  • Most NHS Health Checks: The Forum Health Centre
  • Most improved NHS Health Checks: Walsgrave Health Centre
  • Promoting Positive Change Award: Superdrug Pharmacy, based on Hertford Street in Coventry.
  • Most 4 week quits by a Pharmacy: Chemycare Ringwood Highway
  • Most 12 week quits by a Pharmacy: Chemycare Ringwood Highway
  • Most 4 week quits by a GP practice: Mansfield Medical Centre
  • Most 12 week quits by a GP practice: Allesley Park Medical Centre

Health Heroes:

  • Kath Podmore is a volunteer at CGL, nicknamed ‘Nanny Kath’ with a long record of service as a stalwart of the local recovery community for drugs and alcohol.
  • Mark Gibbins runs Coventry Men’s Shed project, which involves engaging men over the age of 30 who are recovering from issues such as alcohol and drug abuse, as well as men who are socially isolated and have mental health issues. 
  • Bernice Higgins manages Peggies Park Community Centre in Foleshill. She is 74 years old with a visual impairment and helps provides hot meals and a food bank for the homeless, unemployed, those living in poverty and those recovering from substance abuse. 
  • Sam Barker volunteers at CGL and provides all levels of support to service users with complex drug and alcohol issues three days a week.  Sam is in recovery herself and is three years clean.
  • The Arc (Ayriss Recovery Coventry), as a voluntary organisation helping to support some of Coventry’s most vulnerable and homeless people, through being experts by experience. They actively relieve pressure on other services and work towards improving their clients' quality of life and well-being.

The awards were part of a pilot run as part of the Year of Wellbeing 2019 and was a great success in establishing a public health “family” ethos in the spirit of our ‘One Coventry’ goal.

Check out the photos from last night's Awards ceremony on the Council’s Flickr account.

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