Individuals and organisations who are playing a vital role in improving health in Wiltshire were recognised for their outstanding work last week (18 March).
Wiltshire Council hosted the Public Health Awards in the atrium at County Hall which saw more than 130 organisations and individuals nominated for their work, a record number.
There was a range of organisations and individuals nominated including groups that provide disability sports projects, organisations that improve the health of vulnerable people, services that offer dementia support and advice and those who help improve people’s fitness through activities such as dance, football and gymnastics.
There were ten awards up for grabs in total including, for the first time the Wiltshire Public Health Lifetime Achievement Award. It was won by Anna Littlechild who is the founder and driving force behind Alzheimers Support in Wiltshire. This strong, well respected organisation has improved the lives of hundreds of families.
Maggie Rae, Wiltshire Council corporate director, said: “We want everyone to be able to make healthier choices and to minimise the risk and impact of illness. This is not something we as a council can do alone – we have to work with others so it is fantastic that there are so many people and organisations working so hard to make a difference.
“We had many outstanding nominations this year, and the high quality of these nominations gives us an idea how much really great work is going on across the county to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Wiltshire. I would like to thank each individual and organisation nominated at the awards for their work, which is really appreciated.”
Keith Humphries, cabinet member for public health said: “The stories behind the nominations were really inspiring. What came across was just how dedicated people are to make a positive difference in their community.
“It was lovely to thank everyone for their efforts and to put the spotlight on these previously unrecognised heroes.”
The winners of the Public Health Awards were:
- Tackling health inequalities in the community – Ability Sports – Disability Sports Programme
- Improved physical activity – Volunteer Walk Leaders (Get Wiltshire Walking)
- Improved healthy eating – The Pantry Partnership
- Improved sexual health – Chris Loader, Department of Sexual Health
- Innovation in health improvement – Bradford on Avon Leg Club
- Improved mental health and wellbeing – Library Memory Group
- Smoking, alcohol and drug misuse prevention – Doorway Wiltshire Ltd
- The Workplace health wellbeing – Health Matters – Danone
- The Liquid Media public award for an outstanding contribution to improving health wellbeing – The Trussell Trust
- The Wiltshire Public Health Lifetime Achievement Award – Anna Littlechild, Alzheimers Support