URC Community Project Awards 201216 July 2012
The Edge Project scoops overall winner at Community Project Awards
A pioneering project that has helped transform the lives of many young people in Bradford is today celebrating following news that it has won a national award for its work. The Edge Project, which is based in the Holmewood area of Bradford, scooped the overall winner prize at the prestigious United Reformed Church Community Project Award.
The Edge centre offers holistic support to young people from age 11 – 18 from Holmewood and the surrounding area, providing a safe and non-threatening environment in its popular youth club, The Edge Centre, whilst also working closely with young people that require more support than normal provision allows. Their work extends into local schools through assemblies and alternative education provided by volunteers in the form of mentoring as well as nurturing those with behavioural problems.
Through partnering with the local agencies the work undertaken by The Edge’s paid staff and volunteers has brought about radical change in many young people’s lives. Such is the impact of the project that it has been recognised as one of the winners of a coveted Community Project Award.
Adam Woodhouse, Youth Outreach worker at Holme Christian Community, which spearheads the project, was presented with the award at the United Reformed Church General Assembly in Scarborough and received a fund of £3,000 to help The Edge continue this vital work.
The prize money will be used to enable the youth centre to be open for more hours and to help fund more young people wishing to do GAP years whilst being trained and equipped in youth work.
Adam Woodhouse, Youth Outreach worker at The Edge, said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised by the Community Project Awards for the work we do in and around Holmewood and we’re delighted to have been awarded the prize money. To have been named as overall winners of the awards is a wonderful accolade and we look forward to continuing our much needed work.
“The Edge provides a vital resource for young people and it is a real privilege to see the life-changing effects of our work as we support, mentor and draw alongside many through what can be a difficult time in their lives.”
Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager of Congregational & General Insurance, the sponsors of the Community Project Awards, said: “The Edge is a wonderful project and the judges were delighted to award it overall winner in this year’s Community Project Awards.
“The work that is undertaken by the dedicated team of 13, including paid staff and volunteers, has a life-changing effect on the young people and having visited the project, I can speak personally about the wonderful work that is undertaken.
“We are thrilled that the prize money of £3,000 will enable The Edge to open its much-needed youth centre for more hours each week and to assist more young people as they look to build positive lives in the local community.”