Three awards were presented at the Congregational Federation Assembly held in Nottingham on 9 June 2018.
The closure of the local arm of Age Concern Cymru in August 2016 was a great loss to the village as it supported the elderly and ran a popular craft club. The Church had been active partners in this Age Concern network and came to a brave decision to take over the running of the group which the closing agency had left.
By offering a warm welcome and providing its centrally located premises for the benefit of the local community, Wivenhoe Congregational Church provides a wide range of activities and services. Regular events like “Welcome Point” held most Thursday lunchtimes is open not just to church members and their friends but anyone in Wivenhoe and the surrounding areas, to meet chat and have a light lunch. Information about accessing free advice and services is also available for those in need including English lessons; and you can pick up details on several music and social events which take place regularly throughout the year.
Following a reduction of the local authority day centre services for adults with learning difficulties in 2005, Crediton Church decided to start a free coffee morning every Wednesday, open to anyone but especially people with learning disabilities, their carers and friends. This safe and friendly environment also provides a variety of games, crafts, music and dancing. With as many as 85 people regularly attending, the coffee mornings are a chance for often overlooked members of the community to socialise, have fun and make friends.
Three awards were presented at the Congregational Federation Assembly held in Swansea on 10 June 2017.
A safe and friendly place open to people from all walks of life irrespective of faith or belief. Bellshill church offers a much-needed service to individuals and families through their foodbank and also focuses on offering some fun activities to appeal to adults as well as providing a wide range of activities for children.
By offering a warm welcome and providing its centrally located premises for the benefit of the local community, South Cerney Church provides a range of activities and services that cover many aspects of living to promote health and wellbeing; friendship and support to all ages and abilities.
Zion Miners is an integral part of the community where all people regardless of age colour or belief can meet in safety and find friendship and advice. The chapel offers support for those living with dementia and was recognised in 2016 as the first dementia friendly chapel in Wales.
Four awards were presented at the Congregational Federation Assembly held in Oldham on the 14 May 2016.
Embracing Age is a project set up by The Vineyard Life Church. Embracing Age offers support and friendship to the elderly residents in care homes. The project aims to help churches and the community to reach out to lonely older people in the local area.
Messy Church was set up by Scunthorpe Congregational Church. The project has brought families and younger members of the community into the church for creative worship.
The Noise Arts Festival was created by Thundersley Congregational Church. The project has been running for five years and offers a range of activities and events designed to engage the local community in their daily lives.
The Outreach Group was established by Musselburgh Congregational. The group react to the needs of community and support a variety of issues both locally and internationally.
Four awards were presented at the Congregational Federation Assembly held in Peterborough on the 9 May 2015.
Arts4All is a project set up by the Southwick Christian Community Church. Arts4All provide a positive social environment to bring members of the community together by taking part in a range of artistic activities.
Caterham Job Club is a programme set up by Caterham Community Church. It was created as unemployment within the area was increasing. The job club offers help with CV writing, interview skills and counselling where appropriate to help members of the community get back into work.
Pottery For All was set up by Blaenavon Congregational Church. The project was set up to enable people from all backgrounds, non-religious and religious, to interact and make friendships. Attendees learn how to make different pottery items from the resident potter.
Second Chance is a charity shop owned by the Ladypool Road Congregational Church. Second Chance not only sells second hand items but aims to develop links with people of the community, offer friendship and support those in need.
Three awards were presented at the Congregational Federation Assembly held in Bristol on 10 May 2014.
Hope on Wednesday offers support and help to people recovering from mental health problems and substance abuse. 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.
NCC Foodbank provides help and support for isolated members of the community. With the support from local agencies, volunteers come together to create food hampers and deliver them to those in need including those unable to leave their homes to collect supplies due to financial, travel or family situations.
The Hub@Ide is a scheme set up to encourage fellowship in the local community. The church only has a membership of 8 people but is able to offer a full programme of activities. This includes the drop and shop, a craft morning for young children to give hard pressed parents time alone, as well as photographic classes, pizza lunches and film afternoons.
Three awards were presented at the Congregational Federation General Assembly held in Tonbridge on 11 May 2013.
Reaching out is an extensive outreach programme which has been running for 6 years and engages with different sectors of the local community from the vulnerable and elderly, to school children coming to lunch, there's something for everyone.
This is a scheme with a wide range of services offered to the homeless and socially excluded in South West London. The centre has a regular drop in and café session for all members of the community including one aimed specifically at the youth in the area.
The Jubilee Foodbank makes a positive impact in Market Harborough by providing food to those in need. Jubilee Foodbank's small team of volunteers provide impressive response capabilities and deliver food literally at a moment's notice.
Three awards were presented at the Congregational Federation General Assembly held in Dunfermline on 12 May 2012.
The Village Community Breakfast, an initiative created by Bow Congregational Church to help build and celebrate friendships within the community, has recently won a prestigious national award.
Hy-Speed, which is a Scalextric racing club founded by Highbury Congregational Church in Cheltenham, confirmed that it had won a prestigious 'Congregational Community Award' for its efforts to help family relationships and support community needs.
A weekly group for parents and carers with young children launched by a local church has announced it has won a prestigious national award for its services to the local community.
Two prestigious awards were presented at the Congregational Federation's Assembly held in Edgbaston on 14 May 2011.
A pioneering church-run breakfast for bikers project has today been recognised for its efforts to bring together members of a local community.
The initiative provides IT training, support and advice to the over 50s in the local community, helping them get to grips with the internet, email and computer technicalities.