The first Essex Challenge Prize called Families Included took place in 2016. The winner was announced in February 2017. The prize looked to tackle the issue of social isolation and loneliness of parents with young children.
What was the Families Included Prize?
We knew that a strong, resilient family is an important part of ensuring that children in Essex get the best start in life. Families had repeatedly told us that they were facing day to day pressures in raising a small child that left them feeling lonely or isolated.
The Families Included Prize looked for great ideas, projects and solutions from Essex that involved local families with young children (aged between 0 and 5 years old) in opportunities that enriched their lives. Ideas could have related to any aspect of life including personal, professional and social experiences.