Pioneering community project in Edinburgh wins national award

16 July 2012

‘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.”