Published on 10th March 2022

Play Gloucestershire children win NCLB award

The No Child Left Behind awards recognised 12 inspirational projects that support children and their families across Cheltenham

The second No Child Left Behind awards celebrated in style at the iconic Cheltenham Town Hall last night. Awards were given to twelve inspirational projects which during 2021 made a real difference to Cheltenham’s children and young people facing unprecedented challenges during the pandemic.

The evening was hosted by singer and entertainer Camilla Lewington alongside corporate social responsibility consultant Claire Thayers. Over 200 guests, including families and children, took part to celebrate the hard work and achievements of Cheltenham’s organisations working with children and their families.

Exciting and inclusive music performances were given by Gloucester Road primary school samba band and Belmont school choir. Guests also enjoyed a fun zone of games and activities provided by All About Fun

Cllr Flo Clucas, cabinet member for communities and safety said: “The awards though delayed by the pandemic, were a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all the hard work that is going on in our communities to change the life chances of the town’s most disadvantaged children.

‘’Congratulations to the all the winners, Cheltenham should be proud of all the projects and organisations involved.

“My special thanks to our judges, performers and our fabulous hosts of the evening Camilla and Claire who did a wonderful job entertaining the crowd.

‘’I also want to thank all our wonderful sponsors, without them the event would not have been possible; Forest Green Rovers Football Club and media partner Punchline, the Cheltenham Trust sponsored the iconic Cheltenham town Hall, All About Fun provided the entertainment zone and Sorted Global who supplied the audio-visual equipment.’’

The buzz of the evening continued as all guests were asked to pledge support towards the NCLB community agreement which asks for Cheltenham schools, organisations and the wider community to support one another in a way that reflects kindness, empathy and understanding.

Mayor of Cheltenham and NCLB Awards judge, Cllr Steve Harvey said: ‘’I’m so incredibly proud of Cheltenham and the community spirit and great work over the last year. Our town has led the way on this agenda and my congratulations to all finalists and the NCLB award winners.”

The NCLB winners:

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

Winner - Gloucestershire Bundles

Sponsored by Evans Jones chartered surveyors and planning consultants


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

Winner - Healthy Relationships, Healthy Families, The Aspire Foundation and Splitz Support Service

Sponsored by Infrastar


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

Winner - The Music Works

Sponsored by Hartpury University and Hartpury College


#StrongFamilies - Building happy and resilient families.

Winner - ‘Family engagement and support services’ from Move More

Sponsored by The Mayflower Cheltenham


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

Winner ‘Play to Recover’ Play Gloucestershire

Sponsored by  Evans Jones chartered surveyors and planning consultants


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

Winner - Every Cloud Play & Creative Arts Therapy CIC

Sponsored by Renishaw plc


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

Winner - Move More with their ‘HAF Summer camps 2021

Sponsored by Gloucester Carpet Outlet


#FunandFulfilment - Helping children find their strengths and passions.

Winner  -  Gloucestershire Libraries Craft & Creativity sessions

Sponsored by


#InnovativeEducation - Cheltenham launches a restorative approach to education.

Winner -  St Paul’s Music Club run by Cheltenham Borough Homes and The Music Works

Sponsored by Gloucestershire College


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

Winner - ‘Time Out Group’ at Family Space

Sponsored by Creed Foodservice


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

Winner - Cheltenham Town FC Community Trust ‘Premier League Kicks’

Sponsored by OPS-BOX


#EatingWell - Helping families to eat well on a budget.

Winner - #FeedCheltenham campaign Family Space

Sponsored by Forest Green Rovers Football Club


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