The awards were organised by New Start – the UK’s leading magazine about making places better. They were searching for projects and programmes that demonstrated innovation and a commitment to inclusive approaches and wanted to celebrate initiatives that have gone that extra mile, reaching out to all sections of society and blazing a trail for others to follow.
People United won the Social Enterprise Award for their We All Do Good Things project in Herne Bay, Kent. The project was launched in 2009, collecting stories of kindness and love from the local community. Artists worked across the town to uncover and celebrate positive stories from bingo halls, schools, residential homes and hairdressing salons.
The project culminated in an exhibition and giant picnic for the community attracting more than 1,000 local people. Overall, the project involved around a sixth of the town’s population.
A research team at the University of Kent is now analysing its wider impact and We All Do Good Things has already inspired similar projects elsewhere.
The winners of the first Better Places National Awards were announced at a ceremony in Manchester on 3 July.
The judges said:
The exciting thing about this initiative is that while it’s already demonstrated success, it’s also acting as a catalyst – and it can clearly be replicated elsewhere.
People United are delighted with the award as it recognises a project that harnessed the power of the arts to make a positive difference.
For further information about the awards go to New Start