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Congregational Federation Serving the Community Awards 2013

13 May 2013

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Market Harbourgh Congregational Church Celebrates National Accolade

Jubilee Foodbank, a community programme founded by Market Harborough Congregational Church, has today announced it had won a prestigious national ‘Community Project Award’.

Launched in February 2012, the Jubilee Foodbank has rapidly grown and now has 20 volunteers working with local charities and statuary agencies to provide free food for those experiencing economic hardship.

The volunteers work on a rapid response basis accepting calls from individuals or agencies and distributing food packs almost immediately.  This team is supported by other volunteers who maintain the stocks of donated food, gather and sort items for packs as required.

Market Harborough Congregational Church began the food bank following discussions with local charities and agencies. Working in partnership with those organisations through referrals, Jubilee Foodbank provides a free gift of three days’ worth of food to vulnerable people in need.

Along with delivering food, Jubilee Foodbank offers ‘Healthy Eating on a Budget’ classes to those unsure about how to prepare, cook and serve the food provided.

Coordinator of Jubilee Foodbank, Keith Nockels, was on hand to receive the award and £2,000 prize money at the Congregational Federation Assembly in Kent, he said:

 “We’re thrilled to receive the award for our initiative and would like to thank Congregational & General Insurance and the Congregational Federation for recognising our work and the volunteers who make it possible.

“The Jubilee Foodbank offers much-needed food to individuals and families who due to unforeseen circumstances find themselves in financial difficulty. Our important work has helped deliver thousands of meals in the Market Harborough area and continues to make a significant difference to people’s lives.

“We are delighted to have won the award and the prize money will help us develop our satellite service in neighbouring rural areas. Along with upgrading and increasing our food storage capabilities, we are also exploring the possibility of enlisting a tutor to satisfy demand for our ‘Healthy Eating on a Budget’ classes.”

Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager from Congregational & General Insurance, said: “We are thrilled that Jubilee Foodbank has won the award as the project clearly meets a need within the local community.

“Jubilee Foodbank has worked tirelessly with local charities and agencies to help those vulnerable people in times of economic hardship.

“We are particularly impressed with the response capabilities of volunteers who are ready to deliver food at a moment’s notice. We are pleased that this award and the money will enable them to continue and expand their good work in the future.”

The Community Project Awards, sponsored by Congregational & General Insurance, seek to recognise local schemes that make a positive impact in their community.

Congregational Federation Serving the Community Awards 2013

13 May 2013

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Hawick Congregational Community Church celebrates national accolade

 
Reaching Out, a community outreach programme founded by Hawick Congregational Community Church, has today announced it had won a ‘Community Project Award’

Launched in 2007, Reaching Out aims to support the vulnerable through events, educational services and counselling. Funded by Hawick Congregational Community Church, along with contributions from organisations such as Robertson Trust, the programme has 58 unpaid volunteers who deliver a range of social activities and skill-learning initiatives.

Such activities include a weekly, affordable intergenerational lunch, known as Soupalunch, which encourages individuals to reconnect with their local community; art classes provided by a local artist, incorporating trips to exhibitions; promoting social inclusion; and group knitting sessions where individuals are taught how to knit and items are sold to raise further funds for the initiative.

Reaching Out also hosts a weekly counselling drop-in session for those on no or low income. A trained councillor manages the service whilst volunteer ‘listeners’ are on call for immediate help if required.

Reaching Out Development Worker, Geraldine Strickland, received the award and £2,000 prize money on behalf of the project at the Congregational Federation Assembly in Kent, she said:

 “We’re delighted to receive the award for our project and would like to thank Congregational & General Insurance and the Congregational Federation for recognising our work.

“Reaching Out provides support to many people confronting economic and social difficulties. With our numerous outreach programmes, community activities and counselling sessions, we’re making a difference to the lives of those who need help in our local area.

“We’re really pleased to have won the award and the prize money will go towards tackling poverty in Hawick. We hope to explore the possibility of a credit union for those in hardship and to create a social enterprise amongst our knitting group to inspire people to seek an income for themselves.”

Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager from Congregational & General Insurance, said: “We are delighted that Reaching Out has won the award as this project is a leading light in the local community.

“Reaching Out has become a source of inspiration in an area facing tough economic conditions. Its range of programmes and initiatives has encouraged the community to come together as well as helping individuals to regain confidence, learn new skills and secure work placements.

“We were impressed with the number of volunteers who contribute towards the success of the project making Reaching Out a worthy winner this year.”

The Community Project Awards, sponsored by Congregational & General Insurance, seek to recognise local schemes that make a positive impact in their community.