Congregational Federation Serving the Community Awards 201413 May 2014
Hope on Wednesday, a scheme created by Hope Community Church to offer support and help to people recovering from substance abuse and mental health problems, has won a prestigious national 'Faith in Action' award.
Based in Hotwells Bristol, Hope on Wednesday is an inclusive scheme that welcomes people from all walks of life that are committed to recovery and being abstinent from drugs and alcohol.
By developing personal relationships with each member, volunteers work, in a non-judgemental way, to help rebuild trust and offer help and support to those in need as well as other activities such as gardening, DIY and cooking lessons.
Gill Kerley, leader of Hope on Wednesday, recently accepted the award and £2,000 prize money on behalf of the project at the Congregational Federation Assembly.
She said: "This award will enable us to continue the valuable work that we do at Hope on Wednesday - the project is dependent on external funding so we're delighted to win."
"We build quality relationships with the people at the church, and hope to become a 24/7 prayer centre for the people of Bristol in the near future. We've forged great links within the community, and we're looking forward building on the work of the previous two years to support those in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse."
Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager at Congregational and General Insurance, said: "The work that Hope on Wednesday undertakes is incredibly inspiring, and we're delighted to award this prize to the project."
"Hope on Wednesday offers a safe and supportive place for those that often find themselves on the edge of society. Their work is extremely valuable to the local community and it's a privilege to help support this."