Sheffield project in the spotlight following prestigious national award

16 July 2012

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.”