The 9 Finalists

Launched in May 2016, the Families Included Prize asked people in Essex to come forward with innovative ideas that can reduce social isolation of families with young children. 50 ideas submitted by individuals, groups and organisations across the county ranged from themed support groups and craft activities to groups for grandparents. The judging panel selected 9 finalists who were supported to develop and test their ideas. Claire Hawtree, who founded a peer-to- peer support group network ‘Mums and Families UK’ based on her own experience of post-natal depression was announced the winner of the Families Included Prize and won £10,000 to further develop her idea. The judges also made the decision to award an additional prize of £5,000 to Gemma Wright and Lucy Blazheva for their Interactive Family Dance.

Find out more about the winners and finalists by clicking on profiles below.