The Isle of Man Government Award for

Freedom to Flourish

This award is open to any organisation, large or small, from the public, private or third sector. It will be awarded for the best interpretation and delivery of the Isle of Man’s Freedom to Flourish strategy.

The Isle of Man Freedom to Flourish strategy aims to:

  • Protect our unique identity and heritage
  • Ensure that everyone who lives here feels a part of our supportive community and able to reach their full potential
  • Ensure we continue to have a strong economy by raising both the awareness and image of the Isle of Man internationally 


The Freedom to Flourish strategy is rooted in the Isle of Man’s values of resilience, resourcefulness, independent thinking and community loyalty. Judges will be interested in how your values and practices align with those of the Freedom to Flourish strategy and underpin your achievements.

To help the judges understand why you deserve to win this award, you may wish to consider the following questions:

What do you do?

  • How does your organisation allow everyone to reach their full potential?
  • Is your organisation following a strategy of continuous improvement?
  • What does your organisation do to help customers or clients to flourish by understanding their needs and by delivering world-class products and services?


What did you achieve?

  • What has your organisation done to help communicate Freedom to Flourish in the Isle of Man and what has it done to build awareness of the Isle of Man internationally?
  • How does your organisation communicate the Isle of Man’s unique culture, heritage and lifestyle to help build a distinct Manx national identity? Do you use Manx products and services wherever possible?

This year's finalists

Manx Breast Cancer Support Group

The Manx Breast Cancer Support Group was formed in 2012 by a group of Manx patients who wanted to improve the Manx Breast Service. Following the successful building and establishment of the Manx Breast Unit patients can now have all aspects of their diagnosis and treatments including Certain types of Breast Reconstruction and Sentinal Lymph Surgery on the Island. The Breast Screening Service is also located in the Unit and every woman on the Island will at some stage use this facility. On completion of the Unit, the team continued to fundraise for the Manx Breast Unit to ensure that it’s the absolute best it can be. By funding the 2 new State of the Art Spectral CT Scanners the organisation has enabled patients to have their specialist scans done on Island saving over 1,000 patients travelling to Liverpool. This year was the Charity’s 10th Anniversary and they reached their £5 m milestone of funds raised.

Winner: Isle of Man Netball

Isle of Man Netball is a voluntary organisation run by a dedicated team committed to delivering netball to all ages, genders and abilities. The Association and its member clubs has grown over the years providing sporting and social activities for circa 1000 members. Making it the biggest female team sport on the Island. Isle of Man Netball are the only female team to have a world ranking, currently sitting at 26th, they have ranked as high as 22nd. More recently The Manx Rams competed at the Netball World Cup qualifiers in October and finished fourth, the event was streamed live on the BBC There has also been a proactive drive to increase male participation, and the ‘Manx Fella’s’ came 7th in the EMMNA Nationals 2022.

Motiv8 Addiction Services

Motiv8 is the charity on the Isle of Man that has been caring for those affected by substance and gambling issues since 1978. It aims to minimise the harm associated with drug, alcohol, gambling and gaming problems, not just for those directly affected but for their families, friends and the whole island community. Offering discreet, confidential and free advice from its low-key premises in Douglas, Motiv8's trained counsellors can provide the stepping stones to recovery through a range of therapies and support services. It also provides valuable assistance to the families of those affected. In the last 12 months alone Motiv8 have had 4,795 appointments and group attendances, worked with the IOM Police to offer first-point intervention with first drug and alcohol offences, support 29 people in the IOM prison and supported children and young people. Motiv8 has achieved accreditation as an Open Awards learning centre. This means that they can offer regulated qualifications including the running of the Peer Mentors scheme, with 8 fully trained Peer Mentors.


Crossroads is a Manx charity that provides support to carers and people with care needs no matter their disability, age or illness. Established in 1988, Crossroads have been providing services to local carers for over 30 years. Crossroads’ services are designed to improve the lives of carers by giving them respite from the caring role. Each year they deliver approximately 160,000 hours of care to carers across the Island, and support over 500 families who are on their caring journey. Crossroads runs a range of schemes and projects that enable this including Care at Home; Crossroads Nursery, Young Carers, the Crossroads Manx Workshop and Benefit Support. In 2022, Crossroads was the first domiciliary care provider on Island to undergo the inspection process under the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The inspection was carried out in place of the previous Registrations and Inspections report and found Crossroads was safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led in accordance with the CQC’s inspection framework.