On November 3rd, 2023 the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce hosted their third annual GMCC Excellence Awards to celebrate the best and brightest in the Manchester business community. Lifeshare was in great company with businesses including, GLL – Greenwich Leisure Limited, Halle Concerts Society, and Genus Recycling shortlisted for awards as well as sponsors including BioPharma, Equals Money, and DJH Mitten Clarke.

This year Lifeshare had the special honour of being shortlisted for the ‘People, Skills, and Community’ Award. This award recognizes exceptional efforts in promoting skills development, diversity and inclusion, and community engagement. It seeks to highlight initiatives that have made a significant impact on individuals and communities, empowerment and creating positive change. Lifeshare was chosen due to the positive influence our work has on individuals’ lives and our overall contribution to building stronger, more resilient communities. The award was sponsored by Convenzis Group.

When asked what made Lifeshare stand out, the judges said this:

“In response to Manchester City Council’s call for help, Lifeshare stepped in to provide Friday breakfasts for rough sleepers in 2022, even without funding. The project swiftly expanded from serving nine guests in September 2022 to accommodating over 100 guests every Friday. Volunteers play a crucial role, starting as early as 5.30 am to create a welcoming atmosphere. Beyond food, Lifeshare offers services such as showers, clothing, and digital skills development, addressing the holistic needs of guests. Guest feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with the project rekindling hope and trust in community services. The project’s inclusive and compassionate approach makes Lifeshare a worthy recipient of the Community and People and Community Award.”

To see the full list of winners at the GMCC Awards you can look at the Chambers website here.

Operations Manager Judy Vickers holds the award

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