Everybody Health & Leisure Celebrates Active Kindness Award

By Matthew Shannon December 13, 2023

Media Release 

Everybody Health & Leisure Celebrates Active Kindness Award

Everybody Health and Leisure is celebrating after winning the Outstanding Contribution trophy at the inaugural Active Kindness Awards.

Organised by Community Leisure UK, the glitzy awards night – held in the Monastery, Manchester on Tuesday – celebrated the work of Charitable Trusts and Social Enterprises in developing sustainable volunteering programmes in the public leisure and culture sector.

The Outstanding Contribution Award goes to the individual/company who has wholeheartedly embraced the Active Kindness volunteering model and applied it root and branch across their organisation.

Everybody Health & Leisure was awarded the accolade because of Lee Malkin, Sports Development Manager and Keith Rogers, Youth Participation & Talent Lead, commitment to embedding their volunteer strategy business wide.

Bryony Hudson, Active Kindness Programme Manager, said: “Lee and Keith have done a tremendous job. They’re a shining example of what can be achieved in a relatively short space of time. We’re really excited to see what 2024 brings for Everybody Health and Leisure as they continue on their journey to revitalize volunteering in their Charitable Trust.”

Lee Malkin, Sports Development Manager at Everybody Health & Leisure shared:

“We had a great evening at the Active Kindness Awards, a big thanks to Bryony Hudson for organising such a great celebration event and well done to all the trusts involved in this great initiative. It is a real pleasure to win this award and to  recognise the incredible work our volunteers do in order for us to delivery a range of services in Cheshire East.”

The Active Kindness programme began life four years ago following funding from Sport England with the aim of creating a volunteer approach specific to Charitable Trusts and Social Enterprises delivering public leisure and culture. However, the project had to wait until 2022 to really getting going due to Covid but since then, Community Leisure UK has worked with partners at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) to support 14 Community Leisure UK members with training which supports the implementation, enhancement and monitoring of volunteer strategies.

Winners at the Active Kindness Awards Ceremony also included

  • The Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Award – Rossendale Leisure Trust
  • Above & Beyond Award – LED Leisure
  • Consider It Done Award – Active Luton
  • The Spirit of Volunteering Award – GLL (Manchester)

Kirsty Cumming, CEO of Community Leisure UK, said: “Developing a strategic resource for our members that strengthens and celebrates volunteering in public leisure and culture has driven this project since day one. Tonight wasn’t just about those who received an award. Most importantly it was about recognizing of all those who have taken part in Active Kindness to date and the great strides taken by them to improving the volunteers experience which, ultimately, supports our members to get more people involved in creating healthier, happier and more creative communities.”

Find out more about Everybody Health & Leisure www.everybody.org.uk and more about their volunteer opportunities here.

Find out more about Active Kindness.


Pictured – Lee and Keith receive their award from BBC presenter Jason Mohammad

About CLUK – Community Leisure UK is the members’ association that specialises in representing charitable leisure and culture trusts across England, Scotland and Wales