NWAS Wins Awards The Trust is delighted to report it has recently won the ‘Public Sector Partner of the Year’ award sponsored by Barclays, and UK Heart Safe Awards Emergency Services Team of the Year and Special Recognition Award. Public Sector Partner of the Year - Beating fellow nominees Salford CCG and the Department for Health, this award was given for all the work the Trust does with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. The Trust has an active LGBT network raising awareness within our organisation and regularly attends PRIDE events across the region. The Trust is proud to work with the LGF on initiatives to enhance safety in the gay village area of Manchester. We support the Village Angels, a voluntary group located in the gay village area at night, helping people in distress or vulnerable and supporting them, and have plans to place two defibrillators in the area. The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (The LGF) event celebrates the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations who are working together towards equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Award winners were voted for by the public. Emergency Services Team of the Year and Special Recognition Award - The Trust is also extremely excited to announce that the community resuscitation team has won two gongs at the UK Heart Safe Awards on 2 October 2014. The team works to improve survival rates from cardiac arrests by placing defibrillators in communities and training local people in basic life support skills. They were nominated for Emergency Services Team of the Year, Heart Safe Public Sector Organisation of the Year and the chain of survival county leaders were nominated for a Special Recognition Award. Narrowly missing out on the public sector award, the team was thrilled to take away the other two. The awards, run by Hand on Heart Charity and Physio Control, celebrate organisations and employers who invest in creating Heart Safe environments as well as the acts of individuals who have saved lives while at work or leisure. A Heart Safe environment is one where life-saving equipment - a defibrillator and training are provided for staff or customers so that, should a sudden cardiac arrest occur, people are fully prepared to perform resuscitation and life support immediately.