A big night of celebration at the No Child Left Behind awards

Published on 31st January 2020

Children at awards ceremony for No Child Left Behind awards in 2020

Last night at the first No Child Left Behind awards, NCLB announced twelve winning projects which during the course of 2019 made a real difference to local children and young people.

The spectacular event was hosted by BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter Nicky Price and singer and entertainer Camilla Lewington, at the iconic Cheltenham Town Hall. Over 200 guests, including children, took part to celebrate the hard work and achievements of Cheltenham throughout the ‘Year of Action’.

Memorable music and dance performances were given by Oakwood School Samba band and BTEC Performing Arts students from Stagedoor Learning which is run in partnership with the Everyman Theatre. Guests also enjoyed a fun zone of games and activities provided by All About Fun UK.com

Cllr Flo Clucas, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles, said: “I was overwhelmed by the variety of projects and the good work being done in Cheltenham. There is still more that needs to be done and we look forward to the buzz of the evening inspiring many more organisations to get involved with No Child Left Behind. My special thanks to our judges, our fabulous hosts of the evening Camilla and Nicky who did a wonderful job entertaining the crowd and also to all our sponsors, particularly The Cheltenham Trust who let us shine a light on Cheltenham projects that have made a difference in the impressive town hall.”

Chris Spencer, director of Gloucestershire County Council's children's services and an NCLB Awards judge, said: “These awards provide a great platform to shine a light on those who make a difference to the lives of children and young people across Cheltenham every day. Congratulations to all of those involved. They really deserve this well-earned recognition.”

Martin Surl, Independent Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner and an NCLB Awards judge, “ I’m very proud of Cheltenham and the great work over the last year. The town has led the way on this agenda. I hope this marks a beginning of a countywide effort to make our county a place known as a child friendly  place where every child can thrive.”

The award categories reflected the priorities for the 2019 Year of Action, the winners list:

#OurTown - #KeepCheltWarm - Cheltenham Borough Homes

#PositiveRelationships - The Aston Project - Gloucestershire Constabulary

#ConfidentGirls - Youth Mentors - Cheltenham Borough Homes

#StrongFamilies – St Pauls ACEs Pilot - Cheltenham Borough Homes

#CelebratingChildhood - My Park - Play Gloucestershire

#AmbitiousCareersThe Cornerstone Centre - St Michael's Cornerstone trust

#PhysicallyActive – Health & Wellbeing Project - Move More

#FunandFulfilment - The Halt ProjectGloucestershire Animal Welfare Association and Cheltenham Animal Shelter

#InnovativeEducation – Free family events - Gloucestershire Libraries

#GoodMentalHealth - MenTalk/GirlTalk - Cheltenham Town Community Trust

#AchievingBoys -The Rock activities programme - The Rock

#EatingWell - Make Lunch - The Rock

To find out more about the NCLB awards and how to get involved with the project this year, visit www.cheltenham.gov.uk/NCLBawards or follow @NCLBchelt on Twitter or Facebook.

For media enquiries contact: communications 01242 264332 or email communications@cheltenham.gov.uk


As a result of a needs assessment which set out over 4,000 children and young people in Cheltenham are growing up in poverty, Cheltenham Borough Council and its partners committed to a year of action in 2019, called No Child Left Behind, that aimed to:

  • Highlight the issue of children growing up in poverty in Cheltenham and the inequality between them and their more affluent peers
  • Start to address the inequality gap beginning with 12 month programme of events and activities
  • Be a call to action for all sectors to work together to make transformational change over the longer-term.

The No Child Left Behind Awards showcased and celebrated projects, groups, services, events, activities or organisations that are making a real difference to young people's lives in Cheltenham. No Child Left Behind Awards judges included: Dame Janet Trotter Chair of Child Friendly Gloucestershire, Martin Surl, Police and Crime Commissioner, Chris Spencer Director of Children’s Services at Gloucestershire County Council and Roger Whyborn, Mayor of Cheltenham. The winners were chosen by Gloucestershire County Council Ambassadors for Vulnerable Children and Young People.

The awards sponsors included: The Cheltenham Trust, Production AV, Sorted Global, Elliot Oliver estate agents, Stowe Family Law, Paul Baker Insurance Services, Northrop Grumman UK, Tidal Training Direct Limited, Cheltenham BID and All About Fun UK.com.