We are proud of our partners, UCLan’s Creative Communities Group (CCG), and delighted at the news that they have just won the prestigious EU SOLIDAR Silver Rose Award in the category: Building Learning Societies – Education and Lifelong Learning.

The CCG at UCLan has been an indispensable friend to the NFHW over the last six years, giving extensive support to us in our annual Health Mela and other activities.

In its letter announcing their success, the SOLIDAR Foundation Secretariat wrote,

“This year marks the 19th edition of the SOLIDAR Silver Rose Awards. The ceremony is a particular occasion to express the values that we believe in and strive for, of solidarity, social justice, human rights, media freedom, gender equity, universal education and dignity for all. Awards are granted in three different categories corresponding to three pillars of SOLIDAR’s work: Social Affairs, International Development and Education & Lifelong learning.

“From the very beginning the Awards could count on the support of the group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament and the Part of European Socialists (PES) and it has established itself as the most recognised Progressive Civil Society Award in Brussels”

CCG Chair, Russell Hogarth & Manager Nigel Farnworth, have been invited to the European Parliament in Brussels on 23rd June to personally receive this distinguished award during the annual Silver Rose Awards ceremony.

On hearing of their success, CCG co-founder and Chair Russell Hogarth said,

“We are delighted to be winners of this International EU award in recognition of our voluntary work in the community, in health and social care and in education.

We formed the Creative Communities Group back in 2012 to help promote active citizenship and to support partnerships between universities and local communities.

The CCG network now has over 300 national and international members, with representation across Europe, in Australia, Nigeria, Hong Kong, the Caribbean, the Ukraine, China, Canada and the USA.

I want to thank Professor Romesh Gupta OBE, for nominating us for this prestigious award and give a special thank-you to Nigel Farnworth, the Creative Communities Group manager for his part in our success.

We look forward to receiving the award in the European Parliament in June on behalf of all our CCG members.”

CCG Manager Nigel Farnworth added,

“It’s an honour for the CCG, it’s members and allied organisations, to win this prestigious EU Silver Rose award. Looking at the calibre of previous winners we certainly are in good company!

The work the CCG supports with the NFHW raises awareness of important physical and mental health issues, helping individuals and communities to get involved in the common good.

CCG members thank Professor Romesh Gupta and the Forum for their pivotal role in helping us to obtain this award.”   


Expressing his delight at the news, Professor Romesh Gupta, OBE, Chair of NFHW commented,

Professor Gupta

Professor Gupta

“The activities of the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing depend crucially for their success on the support and collaboration we receive from like-minded individuals and organisations.

UCLan’s Creative Communities Group has been a perfect partner for us, unstinting in providing its wide-ranging support for our Health Melas and other activities.

 It is a very great pleasure to see them so deservedly recognised with this Silver Rose Award.”