URC Community Project Awards 201405 July 2014
A community initiative which helps local homeless people through its drop-in advice centre has received a prestigious national award in recognition of the important work it undertakes in and around Llandudno. Hope Restored, which was set up four and a half years ago, has been named as a Community Project Award winner and received a £2,000 prize.
The Hope Restored project provides a non-judgemental place where homeless people can get a warm welcome, a hot meal and help with getting their lives back on track.
Hope Restored operates from Gloddaeth United Reformed Church twice a week and provides nourishment to those that attend the sessions. Hot drinks and snacks are offered from 10am, followed by a two-course home cooked lunch.
The project was singled out for its impressive array of partnerships and effective signposting of users to local services. It refers individuals to local agencies and charities if they are suffering from alcohol and substance misuse or mental health problems. Hope Restored also helps its clients find accommodation through local landlords and the local authority housing department.
Brenda Fogg, project leader, was presented with the award at the United Reformed Church General Assembly and received a cheque for £2,000 to help continue with this vital work.
Brenda Fogg said: "We're delighted to have won a Community Project Award and absolutely thrilled that the positive impact of our project has been recognised. The prize money will be so very useful as we are dependent on external funding to keep the project running. We're hoping to provide laundry facilities to our clients and also to replenish our stock of sleeping bags and tents for those that need them.
"We've forged great links within the community, and we're looking forward to continuing the work undertaken over the previous three years to help more people who are less fortunate"
Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager of Congregational & General Insurance, the sponsors of the Community Project Awards, said: "The work that Hope Restored undertakes is incredibly inspiring and we're delighted to award this prize to the project."