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No Child Left Behind Awards celebrate the hard work and achievements of Cheltenham throughout our Year of Action.

Shining a light on projects that have made a difference!

The No Child Left Behind Awards, showcasing and celebrating projects, groups, services, events, activities or organisations that are making a real difference to young people's lives in Cheltenham. Shine a light on those that have made a difference to children and young people in Cheltenham throughout the year, especially those living in poverty or facing other disadvantages.

Sponsored by:

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The shortlist is in!

Our esteemed judges have helped us to narrow down the many commendable nominations we had.

Our thanks to:

  • Dame Janet Trotter, Chair of Child Friendly Gloucestershire
  • Martin Surl, Police & Crime Commissioner
  • Chris Spencer, Head of Gloucestershire County Council's Children's Services
  • Roger Whyborn, Mayor of Cheltenham

The winning finalist in each category will now be selected by Gloucestershire County Council's Ambassadors for Vulnerable Children and Young People and announced on the night!

You are all winners as far as we are concerned and as a town we should all be very proud of the work that's going on.

The finalists

#OurTown - Understanding what child poverty is and how it affects our town

Gloucestershire Bundles 

Made up of a small team of volunteers, Gloucestershire. Bundles aims to help children and families throughout Gloucestershire living in crisis. They take in donations and, once sorted, give back out to families in need..Gloucestershire Bundles is open for anyone to access needing help for whatever reason, with no questions asked.Reasons people may be in need include: Teenage pregnancy; Financial difficulty; Domestic violence; Asylum seekers; Fire; Floods and/or Mental health problem

#KeepCheltWarm - Cheltenham Borough Homes

#KeepCheltWarm provides new and used coats to vulnerable children and adults. They collect coats through organisations such as John Lewis, Travis Perkins, EG Carter and Tesco's, and provide them to organisations who work to support families such as P3, CCP, Family Space, Cornerstone Centre as well as through CBH's own support services.

Fuel Thursdays - The Cheltenham Trust

#FuelThursdays is a multi-partnership community Fit/Fed project for 11 - 16 year olds in Oakley. The sessions consist of mental health and wellbeing workshops, art, sport, games and cooking. Young people drive the project. They choose what they want to do during the two hour sessions and they decide how long they spend on each activity. They assist Wiggly Worm in preparing a healthy meal, and at the end of each session they all sit down together and eat what they have prepared.


#PositiveRelationships - Discovering the importance of having good relationships and being kind

The Aston Project - Gloucestershire Constabulary

The Aston Project was created to identify young people engaging in nuisance behaviour and to link them with an existing resource within the local community. These young people take part in activities to earn credits - activities can be community-based, discipline, character building or vocational. The ethos of the Project is to encourage the young people to be better members of the community by giving up their free time to earn the time banking credits themselves before spending the credits on a reward activity of their choice.

The HALT Project - Gloucestershire Animal Welfare Association and Cheltenham Animal Shelter

HALT (Humans and Animals Learning Together) is run by the Education team three times a year. Attendees, 'at risk' young people age 7-16 from across Gloucestershire, are paired up with homeless dogs who they care for and train.

This helps to boost self-esteem, improve mental health and manage anxiety, as well as improving the dogs' chances of being re-homed - Win/win!


#ConfidentGirls - Tackling issues affecting girls, including period poverty and self-esteem

Girl Talk - Cheltenham Town Community Trust

Girl Talk is delivered to girls in secondary schools in Cheltenham. Mixing classroom learning with physical activity, topics covered include mental health, positive mental attitude, body image, stress, bullying and self harm, relationships and online safety.

Unstoppable - Vision 21 

Unstoppable distribute FREE menstrual products across Cheltenham to those who cannot afford them. They aim to help people to meet their aspirations, their full potential and to improve their life chances by providing them with the means to manage their menstruation with dignity and avoid any unwanted absence from education or employment.

Youth Mentors - Cheltenham Borough Homes

Girls in St Pauls have taken on the role of mentors with support from CBH and Families First. Engaging in Personal Social Development sessions and learning more about 'hot topics', such as county lines, sexual health and positive body image, they are taking their new knowledge out into their community and sharing it with their family and friends.

#StrongFamilies - Building happy and resilient families


St Pauls ACEs Pilot - Cheltenham Borough Homes

CBH Family Investment Officers have engaged with 61 individuals from 14 families in the St Paul's community. Working with the families to identify their adverse childhood experiences and build their resilience through the five ways to wellbeing. CBH have worked with the communities and established partnerships with a number of schools serving the St Pauls community

The Cornerstone Centre - St Michael's Cornerstone trust

A vibrant community hub based in Oakley, run by the community for the community.

They provide a wide number of weekly activities aimed at young people, those experiencing social isolation or poverty, and those with additional needs. Their goal is to build community cohesion and resilience by helping to make connections, encouraging friendships, and developing supportive networks.

Community Familiy Workers - Gardners Lane and Oakwood Federation

Bridging the gap between universal and targeted services for children and families within our local communities through two community family workers.

They offer support and advice to enable families to begin to address some of challenges they face. They can help families access benefits, foodbanks, housing or other services and access low cost activities.

#CelebratingChildhood - Uniting to celebrate the triumphs and talents of our children


Gloucestershire Libraries

Cheltenham Libraries offer free events and activities for children and families all year round, from Baby Bounce singing and Toddler Time stories to craft, author visits, plays, school visits and Code Clubs. They have books for teens about depression and anxiety, and encourage children to learn skills and have a go at new activities. They welcome children with SEN to read to animal shelter dogs to help their confidence, and held Harry Potter nights, Summer Reading and other fun events that get kids inspired and cost nothing.

My Park - Play Gloucestershire

My Park is a social action project for 10 to 14 year olds, with the overall aim to make their local parks great places through volunteering, campaigning and fundraising. It is empowering disadvantaged young people to effect positive change for themselves, their peers and their home community using the power of sport and physical activity.

23 young people (to date) have formally signed up as 'Park Activists'.

The Rock 

The Rock aims to transform young lives through provision of challenging positive activities, developing their skills and enabling them to participate in society as independent and responsible individuals. They provide advice, assistance and a range of activities such as youth clubs, archery, skating, and a community café.


#AmbitiousCareers - Inspiring children to aim high and achieve their potential

Local People Local Opportunities - Publica

Publica set out to help tackle some of the challenges faced by young care-leavers particularly around accessing further education and employment.

They created an PA apprenticeship for a care leaver, and worked with Prospects to ensure that work experience for care leavers met their individual needs by providing flexible work hours, travel and food subsidies.

The Cornerstone Centre - St Michael's Cornerstone trust

A vibrant community hub based in Oakley, run by the community for the community.

They provide a wide number of weekly activities aimed at young people, those experiencing social isolation or poverty, and those with additional needs. Their goal is to build community cohesion and resilience by helping to make connections, encouraging friendships, and developing supportive networks.

Chi Wai Martial Arts and Fitness Centre

A full-time Martial Arts Academy Cheltenham teaching young people skills for life . Their goal is to encourage students to work on their mental and physical health through regular training, working to help children achieve their goals. Healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle is encouraged, as is having the 'black belt attitude' at all times.


#PhysicallyActive - Children and families across the town coming together to get moving

Health & Wellbeing Project - Move More

The Health and Wellbeing project supports children and families from schools across Cheltenham. The aim of the project is to improve health and wellbeing through helping families eat healthier, reduce their levels of inactivity and engage in wider social activities.The project identifies the needs of each child and their family and then creates a bespoke package to achieve positive, long-term changes.

Hidden Cheltenham Summer Trail - Cheltenham BID

Cheltenham BID Set up the NCLB Hidden Cheltenham Summer trail to encourage children from all walks of life to get active and explore our town. The 2 mile trail took families around a number of Cheltenham businesses at the end of which they won a goody bag full of fantastic prizes.

My Park - Play Gloucestershire

My Park is a social action project for 10 to 14 year olds, with the overall aim to make their local parks great places through volunteering, campaigning and fundraising. It is empowering disadvantaged young people to effect positive change for themselves, their peers and their home community using the power of sport and physical activity.

23 young people (to date) have formally signed up as 'Park Activists'.


#FunandFulfilment - Helping children find their strengths and passions

Paws for ReadingGloucestershire Animal Welfare Association and Cheltenham Animal Shelter, with Prestbury Library 

Paws for reading is an initiative to encourage and develop children's reading ability by allowing them to read to a rescue pet. The effect of reading to a dog or cat is very beneficial as it removes any pressure on the young person and helps them to gain confidence at developing their reading skills.

The Halt ProjectGloucestershire Animal Welfare Association and Cheltenham Animal Shelter

HALT (Humans and Animals Learning Together) is run by the Education team three times a year. Attendees, 'at risk' young people age 7-16 from across Gloucestershire, are paired up with homeless dogs who they care for and train.

This helps to boost self-esteem, improve mental health and manage anxiety, as well as improving the dogs' chances of being re-homed!


#InnovativeEducation - Cheltenham launches a restorative approach to education

Thrive - Cheltenham Borough Homes

Working closely with local schools and contractors, CBH developed the programme to deliver alternative provision to young people who are at risk of exclusion from mainstream education. This has helped 12 young people to stay on in school while working for their ASDAN certificates in careers and experiencing work.

See more about the Thrive project.

Gloucestershire Libraries

Cheltenham Libraries offer loads of free events and activities for kids and families all year round. Activities can really help with reading confidence (especially if they don't like school) making it fun. Code clubs and fun learning help children develop new skills and inspire them.

Year 5 Story Publishing - Initial Words

Initial words is encouraging Year 5 pupils to write. Taking their handwritten stories, they publish them in a paperback which the children can then have as a keepsake for many years to come. They have showed disadvantaged (as well as all other children) that everyone has the ability to be a published author.


#GoodMentalHealth - Finding ways for families to reduce anxiety and have better mental health

Bournside School - Wellbeing Ambassadors

A group of students from years 10 & 12 are training to be wellbeing Ambassadors within Bournside school. The students have completed a Yoga training package with and a bespoke Mental Health First Aid Course, run by Mental Health First Aid England. They will run a drop in session daily for students to use where they can chat about any concerns they have or if they wish to practice some Yoga or Mindfulness.

MenTalk/GirlTalk - Cheltenham Town Community Trust

The MenTalk and GirlTalk project is delivered for free to male and female students at secondary schools in Cheltenham, splitting classroom activity with physical activity. The projects cover topics such as mental health awareness, positive mental attitude, stress, anxiety & self-harm, safe sex, body image and online awareness  and much more.

Gloucestershire Bundles

Made up of a small team of volunteers, Gloucestershire. Bundles aims to help children and families throughout Gloucestershire living in crisis. They take in donations and, once sorted, give back out to families in need..Gloucestershire Bundles is open for anyone to access needing help for whatever reason, with no questions asked.Reasons people may be in need include: Teenage pregnancy; Financial difficulty; Domestic violence; Asylum seekers; Fire; Floods and/or Mental health problems.


#AchievingBoys - Tackling issues affecting boys, including education and criminal exploitation

The Aston Project - Gloucestershire Constabulary

The Aston Project was created to identify young people engaging in nuisance behaviour and to link them with an existing resource within the local community. These young people take part in activities to earn credits - activities can be community-based, discipline, character building or vocational. The ethos of the Project is to encourage the young people to be better members of the community by giving up their free time to earn the time banking credits themselves before spending the credits on a reward activity of their choice.

Thrive - Cheltenham Borough Homes

Working closely with local schools and contractors, CBH developed the programme to deliver alternative provision to young people who are at risk of exclusion from mainstream education. This has helped 12 young people to stay on in school while working for their ASDAN certificates in careers and experiencing work.

See more about the Thrive project.

The Rock

The Rock aims to transform young lives through provision of challenging positive activities, developing their skills and enabling them to participate in society as independent and responsible individuals. They provide advice, assistance and a range of activities such as youth clubs, archery, skating, and a community café.


#EatingWell - Helping families to eat well on a budget

Make Lunch - The Rock

The project is for young people of primary school age who live daily with food poverty. The Rock involve the children in learning to cook and eat on a budget and then engage them in some physical activity. It helps to reduce concerns of food poverty of these young people outside of the services of school routine and access to regular meals.

Free Food Monday - SPTM Big Local

Collecting left over late-dated food from various local major supermarkets on a Sunday evening and giving it to families who need it through Gas Green Youth & Community Centre. Helping families who need a few bits and bobs to tide them over, the project also aims to reduce food waste.

No Person Hungry/Holiday Hunger - Wiggly Worm

Working in partnership with many other organisations in Cheltenham during the summer holidays, providing nutritious meals for children and families. Delivering holiday clubs and supporting a wide range of sessions in the St Pauls, Hesters Way, Rowanfield, Springbank, and Oakley areas of Cheltenham.


Congratulations to all these organisations, projects and initiatives!

From the NCLB Team

Cllr Flo Clucas, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles, said: “The No Child Left Behind awards were established to celebrate the achievement of groups and organisations who are giving children and young people opportunities to thrive. This year has seen over 50 entries submitted across the categories. Each of the finalists will be able to proudly display a NCLB finalist logo for the year.

‘’I would like to thank all those organisations and individuals that have taken the time to enter and, of course, express my gratitude to each of our individual award sponsors as well as the event’s main sponsor, Cheltenham Trust.”

Martin Surl police and crime commissioner said: "As a No Child Left Behind partner we are aware of an exceptional range of organisations and individuals working hard to help children and young people and we look forward to seeing the submissions.''

For further information please email nochildleftbehind@cheltenham.gov.uk.

For press enquiries contact communications team: communications@cheltenham.gov.uk.