Published on 27th January 2023

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300 guests including organisations, children and families see achievements celebrated in challenging year

Last night (Thursday 26 January) saw 27 finalists and 12 winners celebrated at the uplifting third No Child Left Behind awards in Cheltenham’s iconic Town Hall.

The evening was hosted by singer and entertainer Camilla Lewington supported by Production AV and Sorted Global. Over 300 guests - including families and children - attended to celebrate the achievements of Cheltenham’s organisations who work towards long term change, addressing inequalities and offering support.

The awards showcased all the exceptional and inspirational work that is making a real difference to Cheltenham’s children, young people and their families facing challenges. Covering a wide range of issues including, family support, physical and mental health, with six new categories ranging from inclusivity, environmental projects, digital innovation and business support.

This year, No Child Left Behind received its highest amount of entries with more than 60 submitted by organisations, teams and individuals across the 12 categories.

Cllr Flo Clucas, cabinet member for communities and safety said: “It was such an incredible night, celebrating all the hard work that goes on in our communities to change the life chances of the town’s most disadvantaged children.

‘’Congratulations to all the winners, Cheltenham should be proud of every project, organisation and person involved as they make an enormous difference to young lives.

“My special thanks to our judges, performers, our host Camilla Lewington supported by the voice in the sky who did a fantastic job entertaining everyone.

“We are all in some way affected by recent economic challenges and our media partner Punchline Gloucester were incredibly supportive, working with terrific organisations to ensure the awards went ahead and without them the event would not have been possible. A huge thank you to all sponsors especially Infrastar, Cheltenham Trust who provided the iconic Cheltenham Town Hall and Production AV with Sorted Global who supplied our audio-visual equipment.’’

Exciting and inclusive music performances were given by Oakwood Primary School samba band and Belmont School choir. Guests also enjoyed a fun zone of games and activities provided by All About Fun

Mayor of Cheltenham and NCLB Awards judge, Cllr Sandra Holliday, said: ‘’I was thrilled to be asked to be a judge for the No Child Left Behind awards. The decision making was not easy and Cheltenham should be exceptionally proud of the fantastic community spirit and great work over the last year. My congratulations to all finalists and the NCLB award winners.”

The NCLB Awards 2022 winners:


Winner – Springbank Community Group CiC

Sponsored by Cheltenham Borough Council



Winner – Growing Hope Club - Belmont School

Sponsored by Gloucestershire College



Winner - Gloucestershire Reaching Families Project - CCP

Sponsored by Creed Foodservice



Winner- Every Cloud Play and Creative Arts Therapy

Sponsored by Infrastar 



Winner – Contact Centre Services – Family Space




Winner – Young Interpreters Scheme – Gardners Lane Primary School

Sponsored by Randall and Payne       



Winner - ASDAN Football Course – Cheltenham Town Community Trust

Sponsored by Brickhampton Court



Winner – HALT Project- Cheltenham Animal Shelter

Sponsored by Hartpury University and College



Winner- Inspire Confidence Building Group- The Rock

Sponsored by InCito Group Holdings Ltd            



Winner – Move More




Winner – Essential Space CiC

Sponsored by Renishaw



Winner – IT Schools Africa

Sponsored by Punchline-Gloucester


Springbank CIC project manager Faith Rooke-Matthews #OurTown winner said: ‘’We’re thrilled to have won, we work hard to provide children, young people and their families information and positive support to anyone who needs it.’’

The next event will be the NCLB Cheltenham Children’s Festival on Saturday 24 June 2023. If any individual or organisation wants to find out more or be involved in the community agreement or event, contact No Child Left Behind on Facebook and Twitter or visit [email protected].

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