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This SMK Award is to promote and encourage local campaigners raising awareness across England of the importance of local action. This award is for individuals campaigning at a local level, helping to set the agenda themselves and taking action on issues important in their area or community.
‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ - Norfolk Older Peoples Forum, in partnership with Age UK Norfolk
Mary aims to reward, support and recognise the contribution of older carers to society. She is currently co-ordinating a befriending service and is using her personal experience as a carer to raise the profile of older carers living in rural Norfolk. Mary is working in partnership with local organisations as well as national organisations to address issues such as social isolation, lack of support and low self-esteem experienced by older carers. By doing this, she believes she will improve the lives of older carers, through better service provision based upon their needs.
‘To promote Organ Donation in the Community’ - Blackburn and District Kidney Support Group
Parveen is raising awareness of the importance of organ donation within black and minority ethnic communities across Blackburn. She has direct experience of this, as one of her family members has had to have two kidney transplants. As a result she became aware of the shortage of organ donors, particularly from the South Asian communities. Through her culturally relevant awareness raising work, Parveen hopes to increase the numbers of registered donors.
‘Community Composting, Brighthelm Community Garden, Brighton and Hove's Alternative to Supermarkets (BHATS)’ - Brighton and Hove Food Partnership
Liz is raising awareness about community composting sites, alternative supermarkets and derelict land to be turned into gardens. Liz has seen the impact of local food systems through her studies and travels in Africa. She would like to engage more local community members to participate and work in partnership to develop local solutions.
Tony Burton is Director of Civic Voice – the national charity for the civic movement and its network of hundreds of voluntary and community based civic societies across England. Established in 2010 we work to make the places where everyone lives more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive and to promote civic pride.
Tony has over 20 years experience in voluntary conservation and environmental organisations and community campaigning and a strong track record in national campaigning and lobbying.
He is a member of the Government’s Planning Sounding Board and Defra’s Civil Society Advisory Board. He was previously the National Trust’s Executive Board member responsible for Strategy and External Affairs for 8 years and left the Campaign to Protect Rural England after 13 years in 2001 as Deputy Director.
THe has been Chair of Wildlife and Countryside Link and a founder trustee of Heritage Link – the two main voluntary sector liaison bodies – and was a member of Richard Rogers’ Urban Task Force. He is a regular judge in Haymarket’s Regeneration and Renewal Awards and is a judge in the Sheila McKechnie Foundation’s Campaigner Awards. Tony is a geographer, town planner and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Mick Duggan leads the team in DCLG that works with Baroness Newlove in her role as Government champion for active, safer communities. The team also deals with the Department's work on the engagement of young people in decision making and practical politics. His previous experience in the civil service includes implementation of the reports of the Social Exclusion Unit, youth crime policy in London, and the Social Work Task Force.
Before joining the civil service, he worked in the voluntary sector as education manager for an agency specialising in the treatment of chaotic heroin users and in tackling youth homelessness.
Lucy is a leading practitioner on sustainable communities, social architecture and urban design.
She is the Director of Publica, a creative consultancy and community interest company specialising in research and practice in the design of public realm issues. Previously, Lucy was the co-director of General Public Agency London-based consultancy specialising in high quality spatial strategies and the provision of meaningful community propositions.
She has also been the Director of The Architecture Foundation, a campaigning charity and cultural organization, Lucy developed programmes of action research focusing on social inclusion and the built environment. She has pioneered new thinking, methodologies and evaluation for community planning and regeneration. In 1996 she staged a series of influential "public forums" on the future of London that attracted over 15,000 people and effected government policy.
Lucy has produced the publication Creative Spaces: a toolkit for participatory urban design and two UK government-sponsored directories on the best emerging architects in Britain. She is co-author of the Thames & Hudson-publication Design & Landscape for People: New Approaches to Renewal.
She has been involved in a number of advisory and board roles, including the UK government's Urban Sounding Board, the Greater London Authority's Public Realm Advisory Group and the Mies van der Rohe European Prize for Public Space. Lucy is a member of the SMK Board of Trustees.