The Sheffield Community Awards 2023 Shortlist

The Sheffield
Awards 2023

Honouring the hearts of our city

The Sheffield Community Awards 2023 celebrate the collective spirit, outstanding achievements, and unwavering resilience that define Sheffield’s community.

Nominations are now closed. Thank you for entering! 

The Shortlist

Employment & Skills Award

The Employment and Skills Award recognises organisations, groups or individuals who have helped others realise their potential/progression from learning, confidence, skills and/or employment.

 Ammi’s Kitchen (Family Voice Sheffield)

 United for Ukraine

 Zest for Work

Open for Sponsorship

Health & Wellbeing Award

The Health and Wellbeing Award recognises organisations, groups or individuals working to help people stay safe and keep well; organisation developing and employing effective strategies to motivate and encourage healthy lifestyle change. 


     Mentalmate CIC

Stocksbridge Leisure Centre

Jointly sponsored by 

Partnership Award

The Partnership Award honours organisations, groups or individuals who have worked to build bridges, bring people and communities together, working constructively and positively with other organisations to make a difference for local people. 

Sheffield S6 Foodbank

  Sharrow Community Forum

    SayiT (Sheena Amos Youth Trust)


Sponsored by 

Bringing People Together Award

The Bringing People Together Award recognises an organisation or community group who’ve done some positive work on bringing people of different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences together with a focus on equality and inclusion. 


      Migration Matters Festival 

      United Women Affiliation 

Sponsored by 

Great & Green Award

The Great and Green Award honours a group who have championed a connection to nature, caring for the local environment or a green space, and/or raising the profile of environmental issues. 


Heeley City Farm

Schools Climate Education South Yorkshire

Open for Sponsorship

Inspirational Volunteer Award

This award recognises the exceptional contributions of individual volunteers who, through their selfless dedication and unwavering commitment, make a profound and positive impact on our community.

Andy Wilson (Andy’s Man Club)

Ursula Myrie (Adira)

Safiya Saeed (Reach Up Youth)

Open for Sponsorship

The Judges

Jay Bhayani Bio

Jay Bhayani LLB(Hons)– Solicitor & Managing Director of Bhayani HR & Employment Law.

Jay is a specialist employment law solicitor and has over 25 years’ experience of dealing with all aspects of HR and employment matters, and people strategy. Jay has advised across all sectors but has had a specialism in advising the charity sector, acting as a trusted advisor and has delivered training and speaking for the sector, as well as having participated at Board level in many charities and not for profit organisations.

Jay and her team can help with all things related to people management- from recruitment to termination and everything in between.

Jay prides herself on getting to know her clients and understanding what they want to achieve – showing her clients how to apply the law to provide practical and workable solutions to sometimes complex and stressful problems, getting the most favourable outcomes for them.

Jay has established an impressive reputation as one of the leading employment lawyers in the Yorkshire region and has won various accolades including Yorkshire lawyer employment lawyer of the year, ABDN Professional of the Year and short listing for the Yorkshire and Humberside Institute of Directors business adviser of the year award.  Jay has national recognition, being the only employment solicitor in the region to have a UK top rating in the consumer ratings website, Vouchedfor.  The firm, under her direction, won the Sheffield Business Awards for its “Excellence in Professional Services” and in 2021 Jay was names as Enterprise Nation’s top HR Advisor in the UK.

The firm’s hugely popular HR Forums provide a network for owner manager and HR professionals in the Yorkshire region to keep updated with the latest employment law and HR related developments.

The Firm’s innovative Watertight fixed-fee HR support package is a cost effective solution which provides complete peace of mind for clients at a manageable monthly rate.

Alongside Jay’s legal career she has contributed her time to sit on several boards including school governors, governor of Sheffield College, Entrepreneur in Residence at Sheffield Hallam University and a national role on the Law Society’s Women Lawyers Division.

Olivier Tsemo 

Olivier Tsemo is the CEO of SADACCA (Sheffield and District African and Caribbean Community Association) and also co-founder of the African Heritage Culture Forum. SADACCA has been operating for over forty years and is one of the city’s leading community organisations. Olivier is a leading figure in the voluntary sectors, both locally and nationally. Currently he is the Chair of the Sheffield Voluntary and Community Sector Leaders Forum and also co-chair of the Sheffield Culture Consortium, and recently served as a Commissioner for the Sheffield Race Equality Commission. Olivier previously served as President of the African community of South Yorkshire for almost ten years. In his early career, Olivier held senior advisory consultant roles with the local education authorities. Prior to this he was a senior lecturer and researcher in both applied mathematics and mathematics education, and spent several years working as a senior analyst in the energy sector.

Peter Wozencroft

Peter has lived in Sheffield for a little over 25 years and is passionate about the city and its people. He has a professional background in NHS leadership and management, and is currently a Director at Sherwood Forest Hospitals in Nottinghamshire. He has previously volunteered as a school governor and was a Trustee of Sheffield Futures. His family provides foster care on behalf of Sheffield City Council. Peter is heavily involved in building partnerships in his professional role, and wants to use his skills and experience to contribute to the work of VAS in supporting communities in Sheffield.

Angela Greenwood

Angela is the Partnership Manager for Sheffield for the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit. Angela’s background is in community support and development and has worked with a lot of community and statutory organisations over the years in Sheffield. She brings people and groups together effectively to work in partnership on a range of exciting grassroots and strategic projects. She used to manage the council’s Grant Aid budgets and the Voluntary Sector Team at the Council and was a lead officer for the council when developing the city’s partnership approach to migration and cohesion policies. Angela lives in Woodseats and has volunteered in her own community for the last 19 years, helping create and now chairing the local festival and used to run the local toddler group. A massive football fan, Angela used to play for Both United and Wed ladies and is a season ticket holder at Bramall Lane.

Khalid Ismail

Khalid Ismail is the Co-Director and Co-Founder of Infinite Skills, a growing grassroots-accredited learning provider made up of local educators from Sheffield’s inner city neighbourhoods.  Over the past 10+ years, Khalid has been dedicated to education in both the UK and abroad. Khalid’s expertise lies in teaching, curriculum design, and project management, and he has recently played a key role in establishing British Colleges in the Middle East (including setting up Lincoln College UK in Riyadh). Khalid is a longstanding member of SET (Society of Education and Training) and has a Master’s degree, a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, and a QTLS status (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills).

Carolynn McConnell

Carolynn is a career civil servant and has worked for DWP in several roles from establishing their Business Architect Function to running business testing and their employer call centre network. Carolynn is the daughter of a miner and passionate about both social justice and mobility. In 2018 she was seconded to Business in the Community which is the largest and oldest responsible business network in the UK with its members representing 20% of the UK workforce.  In 2019 with VAS and other business partners, she helped establish Sheffield Business together (SBT). SBT brings together like minded businesses to collaborate, connect, share, and harness resources across sectors to address some of the key challenges facing the city and our communities. Since inception the network has grown to 200 businesses and has delivered 503 projects benefitting 90+ voluntary sector organisations and 16 schools and colleges. The in-kind value to our most under resourced communities is in excess of 926K.

Stephen Bonnor

Stephen is the Chief Executive of Disability Sheffield, a local, pan-disability organisation led by people with lived experience.  Disability Sheffield supports disabled people to bring about change on local issues through a number of means; from facilitating direct, large-scale conversations between the disabled community and the statutory and private sectors, through to producing films or short plays on the issues that matter to people. By seeking to bring about change through a number of different activities like this, we try to ensure that everyone can engage in the way that works best for them so that all our voices and experiences are heard.  Stephen has a broad knowledge of the voluntary and community sector having previously worked for a number of charities delivering programmes and campaign work, from a local to national scale, including leading the delivery of the national Time to Change mental health awareness programme for Mind.

Andy Buck

Andy is the chair of Voluntary Action Sheffield and recently retired as the Chief Executive of Sheffield Citizens Advice. Prior to this role Andy worked for the NHS for 15 years, as the chief executive of North Sheffield PCT, then NHS Rotherham and then all four PCTs in South Yorkshire, following which he was NHS England’s director for West Yorkshire. Prior to this Andy worked for Sheffield City Council for 15 years, having trained as a social worker at the University of Sheffield.

Joanne Arch

Joanne has been a member of the VAS board for a year.  She is an award-winning CIM qualified marketeer and brand consultant with 25 years’ experience in internal and external communications. She is passionate about supporting organisations that make a difference and recently worked with Capita to ensure that pensions are communicated in an understandable, engaging and memorable way.  She hopes to bring her expertise in insight-driven strategy development to VAS.

Andy Kershaw

Andy Kershaw is the training manager for SYFAB  which is part of the South Yorkshire Community Foundation. He is award-winning former BBC journalist and presenter with wide experience of working in the VCS sector for over 30 years as a volunteer and paid worker. He is also a freelance journalist, a trustee of three local charities and the Media Officer for Sheffield Home of Football, the charity working towards establishing a football heritage museum in Sheffield.