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Pioneering community project in Hemel Hempstead wins national award

messy send churchA project which aims to make families with disabled children feel welcome, accepted and loved regardless of their condition, has won a coveted national award in recognition of the work it undertakes. Messy Church SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities), which is run from Adeyfield Free Church in Hemel Hempstead, has been named as a Community Project Award winner and receives prize money of £2,000.

The project draws people from a wide catchment area around Adeyfield Free Church. The families that attend have children with a wide range of disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, learning disabilities and those on the Autistic spectrum. Messy Church SEND provides these families with a space where the needs of disabled children are fully understood and prioritised. The volunteers engage with each individual’s preferred learning style through the use of appropriate multi-sensory activities, materials and resources.


Llandudno project in the spotlight following prestigious national award

hope restoredA 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.


National recognition for Glenorchy project that helps jobseekers

glenorchyA community project that seeks to support jobseekers has announced it’s won a prestigious national award for the work it undertakes in Exmouth. Glenorchy Work Club, which has operated from Glenorchy United Reformed Church since 2011, confirmed it has received a Community Project Award and the top prize money of £3,500 for its vital work.

The Work Club aims to support and build the confidence of 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.

Attendance at the Work Club averages between 40 and 50 each week, from a wide cross section of the local community. To date, more than 120 people have gained work, thanks to the support and dedication of the project volunteers.


Community-based initiative brings the good life to Chapelfield

chapelfield grow your ownChapelfield Grow Your Own, a scheme established by Stand United Reformed Church with support from local businesses and the local community, has been presented with a prestigious national Community Project Award.

The project, launched in April 2013, uses church land, local residents’ gardens and other unused spaces provided by local housing association, Six Counties Housing, to grow organic fruit and vegetables. The produce is then given to people who live locally.
The project has instilled a strong sense of community pride, with many residents getting involved in growing plants and fresh produce as well as looking after their local area. There are 20 plus members actively involved in planting and harvesting produce, including a number of people who are new to gardening and have quickly acquired new skills.