Trinity Learning

16 July 2018

Pioneering project in Abingdon Wins National Award

“TrinityLearning” receives Community Project Award for work with local schools

A project which aims to facilitate the development of spirituality in Abingdon schools has won a coveted national award in recognition of the work it undertakes. TrinityLearning established by Abingdon United Reformed Church has been named as a Community Project Award winner and receives prize money of £2,000.

Rosemary Perrow and Petronella Rasmussen from TrinityLearning received the award at the United Reformed Church General Assembly held in Nottingham on Saturday 7 July.  The awards, sponsored by national church insurer Congregational Insurance, recognise the efforts of churches that use the energy, commitment and skills of church members and volunteers to establish and maintain social initiatives within their local community.

TrinityLearning was set up in 2009 and now has partnerships with 26 local schools - including 22 primary, 3 secondary and a special school. Workshops with students and staff involve using techniques which create stillness and well-being this ultimately places more focus on the joys of learning which can sometimes be overshadowed by high levels of stress. 

There are more than 70 volunteers representing 12 churches and 9 denominations, engaged in delivering workshops which are tailored to meet the specific needs of each school. In nine years these small group workshops have involved over 3000 children. The demand now outweighs supply and TrinityLearning are currently working with the Workers Educational Association to develop a training course for volunteers in local schools and are hoping to increase their staffing levels to further develop their work. 

Rosemary Perrow Education and Development officer at TrinityLearning said “We're so proud to receive this award, which we see as recognition of all that we've achieved in the last nine years. It's also an opportunity for us to share our ideas with other churches. The award will enable us to buy in training, so our volunteers can help more children in our next project - Thinking Books. “

Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager of Congregational Insurance, said: “we place a strong focus on supporting community initiatives that really make a difference.  In this instance TrinityLearning recognises the important role that schools plays in shaping the development of young people and are providing support to enhance the quality of life for those working in schools as well as pupils. We look forward to seeing further development of the project as it continues to grow, and we are delighted to present them with this award for their excellent work.”

Kevin Watson and Alan Yates, Moderators of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church and two of the judges that grant the awards said: ‘we are confident that the cash prize will make a positive difference to the work undertaken by TrinityLearning. We are very grateful that these awards enable us to showcase projects demonstrating the URC’s' love for the community.”

To view short films of this year’s award winners, visit https://youtu.be/7Ek23eT9ysw