United Reformed Church
community project awards

Community Project Awards take place every other year to acknowledge projects that have a positive effect within their community. The United Reformed Church is supported by Congregational in recognising innovative projects taking place throughout the UK.

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The following awards were presented at the United Reformed Church General Assembly in Southport on 9 July 2016.

WINNER - Families Matter - Southampton Project Praised for Community Efforts

Families Matter, a community initiative to support young families and children based at Cornerstone United Reformed Church in Hythe, was announced as overall winner of the Community Project Awards 2016 and picks up prize money of £4,000.

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Feel Better, Enjoy Life More - Worcestershire Church Recognised for Bringing Together Local Community

Feel Better, Enjoy Life More, which operates from Broadway United Reformed Church has received a Community Project Award for its vital work within the community and a cash prize of £2,500.

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The Charity Shop - Yorkshire Initiative Recognised for Community Efforts

The Charity Shop, which operates from Beeston Hill United Free Church, has received a Community Project Award for its vital work within the community and a cash prize of £1,750.

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Melody Memories - Manchester Project in the Spotlight Following Prestigious National Award

Melody Memories, which operates from Trinity Community Church, received a Community Project Award for its vital work and prize money of £1,750.

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The following awards were presented at the United Reformed Church General Assembly in Cardiff on 5 July 2014.

WINNER - Glenorchy work club – Glenorchy United Reformed Church, Exmouth

The Work Club builds confidence and supports unemployed people within the Exmouth area. This covers every aspect of their job search, including help preparing their CV’s, offering basic computer training for those who need it, as well as advertising local job vacancies.

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Chapelfield Grow Your Own – Stand United Reformed Church, Radcliffe Manchester

The project, launched in April 2013, uses church land, local residents’ gardens and other unused spaces provided by Six Counties Housing, around the area to grow organic fruit and vegetables. The produce is then given to people in the local vicinity.

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Hope Restored - Gloddaeth United Reformed Church, Llandudno

Hope Restored is an inclusive scheme that supports homeless people. The project provides a non-judgemental place where people can get a meal and assistance with getting their lives back on track.

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Messy Church SEND - Adeyfield Free Church, Hemel Hempstead

The project draws people from a wide catchment area around Adeyfield Free Church. The families that attend have children with a varied range of disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, learning disabilities and those on the Autistic spectrum.

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The following awards were presented at the United Reformed Church General Assembly in Scarborough on 7 July 2012.

WINNER - The Edge – Holme Christian Community, Bradford

The Edge Centre offers holistic support to young people providing a safe and non-threatening environment in its popular youth club. The Edge Centre works closely with young people that require more support than normal provision allows.

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The Avenue Centre – Avenue St Andrew's United Reformed Church, Southampton

Work undertaken by the Avenue Centre supports vulnerable families, including asylum seekers and refugees, by offering holistic support and helping them to build positive lives whilst steering children away from anti-social behaviour.

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Our Tribe – Augustine United Reformed Church, Edinburgh

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.

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The Terminus Initiative – The Michael Church, Sheffield

Providing resources for those living in Lowedges and beyond including conversation clubs for local asylum seekers, a programme of health improvement initiatives, befriending schemes for marginalised residents and the Terminus Cafe, which is a focal point of the community.

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The community project awards were presented at the United Reformed Church General Assembly, held in Loughborough.

WINNER - Asylum Justice – City United Reformed Church, Cardiff

Originally established in Cardiff, Asylum Justice provides free legal advice to failed asylum seekers.

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Seaforth Community Shop – Caradoc Mission

A shop in Seaforth that doesn't charge for its products, but instead serves as a hub for the community.

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Children's Allotment – Southchurch Park URC, Southend

The Children's Allotment was created to give children access to green areas where they can grow their own plants and vegetables, which are then sold in the locality for a nominal amount.

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Peaceful Solutions for Conflict Resolution – High Cross, Tottenham

A Tottenham-based project that teaches young people anger management skills to deal with life on the streets.

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Café Unity – Heald Green United Reformed Church

The café is open to anyone in the area or passing trade. The ambience is very much in keeping with other high street café brands and in the evenings the café is opened up for youth and projects and meetings.

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