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URC Community Project Awards 2012

16 July 2012

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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.”

URC Community Project Awards 2012

16 July 2012

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The Avenue Centre receives prestigious Community Project Award

 

 

 

A community project that seeks to support vulnerable families today announced it had won a prestigious national award for the work it undertakes in Southampton. The Avenue Centre, which has operated from Avenue St Andrews United Reformed Church for 24 years, confirmed it had received a Community Project Award for its vital work and prize money of £2,000.

The centre assists around 35 vulnerable families per year from within the local community who are referred by Health & Children’s Services.

Work undertaken by the Avenue Centre supports these families at critical times by offering holistic support and helping them to build positive lives whilst steering children away from anti-social behaviour.

The centre, which is open three half-days per week in the Avenue St Andrew’s church building, also operates for half a day at a local school. In addition to this, centre workers support vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees, helping them integrate and come to terms with past traumas.

Such is the positive outcome of the Avenue Centre’s work that the Community Awards judging panel recognised it as one of the winners in this year’s national awards. Revd Tim Searle, a minister in the Group of churches of which Avenue St Andrew’s is a member, was presented with the award at the United Reformed Church General Assembly held in Scarborough and also received £2,000 prize money which will help the centre to continue its vital work amongst local residents.

Tim said: “We’re thrilled to have been selected as one of the winners this year and are delighted that our work with vulnerable families in Southampton has been recognised on a national level.

“Our intervention with families in their hour of need truly has a life-changing effect and we have been privileged to see parents and children have their lives and families transformed through the Centre.

“We will use the prize money to continue our much needed work in the local community, implementing a programme for healthy eating and increased physical activity to help parents and children tackle obesity.”

Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager of Congregational & General Insurance, the sponsors of the Community Project Awards, said: “The Avenue Centre is a fantastic project that clearly has a life-changing impact on the families it helps.

“This project is held in very high esteem by local agencies for the work undertaken and we’re confident that the prize fund will be put to good use. Through nearly 25 years of committed service, the Avenue Centre has seen many families transformed and we look forward to hearing of many more in future years.”

URC Community Project Awards 2012

16 July 2012

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‘Our Tribe’ receives Community Project Award for work with LGBT community

 

A project which aims to integrate the LGBT community with the local church has won a coveted national award in recognition of the work it undertakes. Our Tribe, which is run from Augustine United Reformed Church in Edinburgh, has been named as a Community Project Award winner and receives prize money of £2,000.

The project attracts many LGBT residents from the city and beyond, and aims to encourage them to integrate with existing church members and experience church in a non-threatening and accepting way. It is overseen by a team of 8 volunteers from Augustine United Reformed Church.

Our Tribe offers much needed services to the local LGBT community, such as Christian worship events, discussion groups, workshops and film nights. Our Tribe was singled out by the judging panel for offering an important ministry that helped the church to engage with an often marginalised group within the city.

Such is the impact of the project that it has been recognised as one of the winners of a coveted Community Project Award. Maxwell Reay Associate Minister at Augustine Church was presented with the award at the United Reformed Church General Assembly held in Scarborough. Our Tribe also received £2,000 prize money to enable it to continue its vital work amongst residents.

Maxwell, who helps to oversee the project, said: “We are thrilled that Our Tribe has been named as one of the winners and that our much needed service has received national recognition.

“Through our programme of ongoing events and holistic support, Our Tribe has had a life-changing impact on many people’s lives, with the added bonus that many attendees go on to become integrated into the church and enrich Augustine URC through serving in many ministries.”

Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager of Congregational & General Insurance, the sponsors of the Community Project Awards, said: “Our Tribe is a unique project that serves a very real need in the local community and beyond. We look forward to seeing further development of the projects as it continues to grow and we are delighted to present them with this award for their excellent work.”

URC Community Project Awards 2012

16 July 2012

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Terminus Initiative based in Lowedges receives Community Project Award

 

A community initiative which aims to meet the needs of local residents through its café, conversation clubs and befriending schemes has received a prestigious national award in recognition of the important work it undertakes in the Lowedges area of Sheffield. The Terminus Initiative, which was set up in 2002, has been named as a Community Project Award winner and receives a £2,000 prize.

The project, which started life as a community café in an ex-butcher’s shop at a bus terminus, has since grown to incorporate multiple ministries that impact the lives of many local residents.

The Terminus Initiative is overseen by four local churches and run by a group of nearly 60, including paid staff and volunteers. Resources for those living in Lowedges and beyond include conversation clubs for local asylum seekers, a programme of health improvement initiatives delivered through the Healthy Communities partnership with NHS Sheffield, befriending schemes for marginalised residents and the eponymous Terminus Cafe, which is a focal point of the community.

The project was singled out for its impressive array of partnerships, effective signposting of users to local services and the quality of initiatives which it operates under the umbrella organisation.

Such is the impact of the project that it has been recognised as one of the winners of a coveted Community Project Award. Rev Shirley Knibbs and Rev Joy Adams were presented with the award at the United Reformed Church General Assembly in Scarborough and received a fund of £2,000 to help them continue this vital work.

Rev Shirley Knibbs said “We’re very pleased to have won a Community Project Award and we’re thrilled that the positive impact of our project in the local area has been recognised.

“It is wonderful to see local churches working together in such a constructive way, helping members of the community and providing much needed services. The prize money will come in very handy as we are constantly growing and developing our initiatives.”

Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager of Congregational & General Insurance, the sponsors of the Community Project Awards, said: “We are delighted to name the Terminus Initiative as one of our winners this year. The work undertaken by this project is outstanding, both in terms of its scope and the number of people it helps on a weekly basis.

“We hope that the prize money awarded today will enable the Terminus Initiative to continue to serve members of the local community effectively and compassionately.”

URC Community Project Awards 2012

05 July 2014

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Chapelfield Grow Your Own, a scheme established by Stand United Reformed Church with support from local businesses and the local community, has been presented with a prestigious national Community Project Award.

The project, launched in April 2013, uses church land, local residents' gardens and other unused spaces provided by local housing association, Six Counties Housing, to grow organic fruit and vegetables. The produce is then given to people who live locally.

The project has instilled a strong sense of community pride, with many residents getting involved in growing plants and fresh produce as well as looking after their local area. There are 20 plus members actively involved in planting and harvesting produce, including a number of people who are new to gardening and have quickly acquired new skills.

During the winter months, weekly gardening talks provide additional information and encourage residents to spend time together. The recent opening of the project's polytunnel - an outdoor, polythene-covered frame under which plants are grown - has also attracted widespread interest, inspiring those new to the area to get involved in both the project and their local community. On 5 July, Chapelfield Grow Your Own committee members - Barbara Law, Gareth Ogden and Liz Adkinson - attended the United Reformed Church General Assembly in Cardiff to receive the award and £2,000 prize money on behalf of the project.

Barbara Law, head of planting for the initiative, said: "We're delighted to have won this award and will be using the prize money to develop the project further, and get more members of our community involved. The award will sustain what we're doing for a good three to four years without us having to seek any further funding for the little things we want to do; things like: Odd bits of tools, attracting new members and getting them interested with some educational materials, and being able to let other people know how we've managed to get it to work for us, and how it could possibly work for them as well, so that it fits what they need. It really will help us enormously to get the word out to everyone else."

Margaret Slater, marketing manager for Congregational & General Insurance plc - sponsors of the Community Project Awards, said "Chapelfield Grow Your Own is such a worthwhile award winner and we're delighted to award this prize to them."

"The project has brought different elements of the community together with a common goal and a shared interest in improving the environment. Not only does it provide free food to its residents it is making a very positive impact on its community, and I am confident it will continue to evolve."