Wiltshire Voices – the community focussed project carried out by Wiltshire’s 18 area boards – has scooped highly commended in a prestigious national award scheme.
The annual local government awards organised by the MJ took place last night at London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel before almost 1,000 people. The eleventh annual awards were presented by comedian Hugh Dennis, the star of popular BBC sit-com ‘Outnumbered’.
The Wiltshire Voices project aimed to find new ways of reaching out to groups of people who normally struggle to get their voices heard. A total of 13 projects were carried out with area board staff leading on interviews, workshops, focus groups to talk and listen to local people and record their stories – these were translated into a series of candid and often moving films which have been shown throughout the communities.
The Wiltshire Voices project helped spearhead a whole range of new initiatives and highlighted the needs of groups ranging from people living with dementia or stroke to Army wives, people with learning disabilities and those who live on boats on Wiltshire’s canals.