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We are grateful to the following organisations and companies for sponsoring the 2011 Awards.

University of Salford: Young Person's Award

The University of Salford is an integral part of the local community. With 20,000 students and nearly 2,500 staff, we try to make a positive contribution to Salford, its citizens and the wider region, in a variety of ways. These range from volunteering projects working in local communities to senior members of staff contributing to decision making bodies that affect the lives of local citizens. We engage with a wide range of people and organisations in Greater Manchester, as well as regionally, nationally and internationally. These include schools, government and special interest groups.

The Greater Manchester High Sheriff's Police Trust: Manchester Peace Award

The Greater Manchester High Sheriff's Police Trust is a partnership of individuals, companies and voluntary or statutory agencies determined to make a contribution to Greater Manchester by helping to reduce crime and the fear of crime in our communities. In partnership with Greater Manchester Police, community based crime prevention, community safety, drug misuse prevention and school liaison initiatives can take place. We believe that by working together we can find practical solutions to our region’s crime challenges, reduce social exclusion and bring about a lasting improvement to our environment.

Manchester Evening News: Peace Activist Award

M.E.N. Media is a multimedia business with leading print and online brands across Greater Manchester. The portfolio includes the flagship title, The Manchester Evening News, which is the country's largest circulating daily regional newspaper. Twenty-two weekly newspapers and the city's Urban Life magazine complete the print collection..

Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund: Community Cohesion/Diversity Award

The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund is a Registered Charity set up with the consent of Her Majesty The Queen to benefit causes primarily within the Counties of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.

Mothers Against Violence and Support 4 Progress: Positive Role Model Award

Since August 1999 Mothers Against Violence (MAV) have supported the inner city communities of Greater Manchester. MAV was birthed at a time when gun violence was at it worst in the inner city community of Manchester. Three young black males were murdered in the space of eight days in one community. The mothers of that community took a stand and came out fighting not with guns but with words of Hope. It is with this same hope that Mothers Against Violence now serves the community providing mentoring support, educational awareness of gun and knife crime, counselling, workshops, and outreach work which includes campaigning for positive change in our community.

From beginnings as a self-help service consisting of local black parents coming together to talk about their concerns regarding the breakdown of the family unit, work unit, school and their community, Support 4 Progress has evolved into a Counselling Approved Training Centre providing professional counselling and quality training opportunities. We provide courses for young people aged 13-16, developing skills such as Empathy, Honesty, Communication and Listening Skills. Support 4 Progress believe that by understanding and supporting the cultural needs of the community, we can help to enhance emotional well-being and promote community cohesion.

Greater Manchester Police: Turn Around Award

Greater Manchester Police have consistently supported Carisma and PeaceWeek over the years in various ways. It was formed in 1974, serves more than 2.5 million people and covers an area of 500 square miles. GMP is split into 12 divisions - Bolton, Bury, Metropolitan, North Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, South Manchester, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. There is also a specialist division based at Manchester International Airport.

Thanks also to Opal Foundation for sponsoring the event

The Opal Foundation exists to improve the life chances of children born into challenging circumstances. The Foundation aims to channel the energies of Opal Staff, Partners and Customers into supporting charities which directly benefit children around the world.  The current project is to  help improve living conditions in the Kechene slum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Opal staff and partners have an array of exciting fundraising activities taking place, including the London to Paris Bike Ride and the 3 Peaks Challenge.   Opal Property Group is headquartered in Manchester and owns 20,000 student bedrooms in 16 UK cities, professional residential properties, The Place Hotel and Manchester Conference Centre & Hotel.