Voting open for People’s Award that champions support for the vulnerable

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People in Sandwell and West Birmingham can once again vote for local organisations, projects or individuals who are helping to support vulnerable people in the 2017 People’s Choice Award, which is now in its 2nd year. People can cast their vote by clicking here.

This award is part of Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group’s Equality Awards, which recognise and celebrate work to address inequalities in health and well-being. This year’s awards event will be held on 2 November at Villa Park, the home of Aston Villa FC.

The winner will be chosen from a shortlist selected by the awards panel. The shortlisted organisations, projects and individuals are; El Marsh Care, Helen Corish, Sandwell Multi Care, West Park Road Staff Team, Raydocs (Newton & Aston Pride Health Centres), Sonia Simkins - Hawes Lane Surgery (IRIS Domestic Violence Programme), Saraphed Medical Centre, Oldbury Community Fire Cadets, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Tipton Library, Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Barnardo’s Midlands On-Track Programme, Black Country NHS Apprenticeship Academy, People in Mind, Sandwell Asian Family Support Services, Rights & Equality Sandwell and Beat the Streets. Full details are available by clicking here.

The project that receives the most votes will win the People's Choice Award. Voting closes on 15 October 2017.

Ranjit Sondhi, Equality and Diversity Lead at NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“We would urge everyone to cast their vote in The People’s Choice Award which champions local groups and organisations that make a difference by reducing health inequalities in the community. This is a special award which means so much to local groups and organisations, because it’s voted for by people in the communities in which they serve.

““A fundamental and enduring principle of the NHS is that it serves people equally, regardless of status, ethnicity, gender, religion or age. The Equality Awards reveal yet again the remarkable achievements of our commissioners and providers in delivering a just and fair health service.”

The Birmingham Peer Educator Blood, Bone Marrow and Organ Donation Project was the winner of last year’s People's Choice Award.

Neerja Jain, Health Improvement Project Manager, at Kidney Research UK said:

“We were absolutely delighted and humbled to win the People’s Vote last year as we were up against so many amazing causes. This was so rewarding for our Volunteer Peer Educator team who tirelessly dedicate their time to save lives in their communities. It was fantastic to see their commitment recognised by the public to whom we are very grateful.

“Our Peer Educator projects continue to make a positive impact in different parts of the UK, swelling the numbers on the Organ Donor Register and supporting people with kidney disease to make choices about their treatment options.”

The winner of the 2017 People’s Choice Award will be announced at the awards ceremony taking place at Villa Park on 2 November 2017.