Trafford Council has won the Keep it Local Award at the annual Locality Awards in Bristol.
The Locality Awards recognise and celebrate the impact and innovation shown by local community organisations and local authorities across the country.
This award celebrates an outstanding council that has created strong partnerships with local community organisations and has worked in an innovative way to unlock the power of their communities.
In 2020, in partnership with six local community organisations and co-funded by L&Q Housing, Trafford Council established a network of six Community Hubs, who work in partnership to provide support to residents across the borough.
The hubs have provided information, support and advice to over 24,000 local people: distributing foodbank parcels, Household Support Fund grants, holding Citizens Advice sessions, supporting refugees and asylum seekers, and delivering a diverse range of community activities.
Cllr Tom Ross, leader of Trafford Council, said:
“We’re delighted that our efforts have been recognised. The hubs we set up during the Covid pandemic have been a lifeline to residents. They’ve been a vital support for our residents in need and will continue to be brilliant community assets.
“This was a fantastic team effort so I want to thank our partners for coming together during the crisis to make a real difference to the people of Trafford.”
Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of Locality said: "Congratulations to Trafford Council for winning the prestigious Keep it Local Award. At Locality, we believe in the transformative power of community to create a fairer, more sustainable world. It’s our privilege to give this award to a council who embody this ideal. Together, let’s kickstart a Community Power Revolution!”
The Locality awards ’23 were part of Locality Convention, the biggest annual community sector event. With the General Election fast approaching, this year's convention had a particular focus on the need to put more power in the hands of communities.
At the Convention, Locality unveiled their manifesto, advocating for increased investment in local economies, greater local empowerment, and a transition towards services that focus on addressing the root causes of societal issues rather than solely crisis management.
Posted on Friday 1st December 2023