Early Help ‘Diamond’ Awards – now open for nominations

We are happy to launch our first Early Help awards which aim to recognise and celebrate individuals and organisations who support children and families early, preventing them from going into crisis.

Early help can be described as – getting involved early and as soon as possible to tackle problems emerging for children, young people and their families.  Issues such as debt, poor mental health or threat of homelessness can happen to families at any point in a child or young person’s life.

We are a member of the Cheshire East Children and Young People’s Trust which is a partnership of organisations who are responsible for services for children, young people and families, including the NHS and police.  The trust promotes and supports good parenting and the funding of services that give help to families early as they start to experience difficulties.

The first Early Help awards ceremony is planned for 7 October 2021 which aims to be inclusive and celebrate the achievements and efforts of both individuals and organisations in nine categories including health, education, unsung hero and outstanding achievement.

The council has also enlisted the help of children and young people who have named the first ceremony ‘The Diamond Awards’ with the word ‘diamond’ standing for individuals/organisations who are:

  • Dedicated
  • Inspiring
  • Above and Beyond
  • Make a difference
  • One in a Million
  • Never give up
  • Develop relationships

Nominations are now open with a deadline of 17 September 2021. 

Families and organisations can nominate a school, nursery, health professional, charity or community group by completing the The Early Help Diamond Award nomination form or by requesting a nomination form at EHAnominations@cheshireeast.gov.uk

The awards have nine categories:

  1. Health -   Health professional or organisations supporting children and their families to improve their health and wellbeing. 
  2. Educational settings – Nurseries, Primary School, Secondary school, Colleges & Specialist Provisions.
  3. Educational support – Teaching Assistants, Teachers, Pastoral Support, Educational Psychologists, Special Needs Tutors, Safeguarding and SEND Teams
  4. Family and Children’s workers – Early Start Workers, Family Service Workers, Youth Workers
  5. Outstanding Early Help Plans – Schools, Early Start Workers, Family Service Workers, Youth Workers & Health Visitors
  6. Unsung Heroes
  7. Community Groups and Organisations – Food Banks, charities
  8. Technical Whizzes – Anyone or organisation that helped with a technical issue or equipment.
  9. Outstanding Special Achievement

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