Award finalists announced


More than 20 local community groups and charities have been shortlisted for the prestigious Northamptonshire Community Foundation Annual Awards, which take place in Northampton this October.

This year’s awards boast an array of finalists - from food banks, community magazines and a volunteer led transport scheme to festivals and projects which support families in poverty, the elderly and isolated, new mums and people with disabilities.

Victoria Miles, Chief Executive at the Foundation, said: “Our annual awards are an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our groups, whose achievements are possible thanks to the generosity of our donors. This is a chance to celebrate all the wonderful work taking place in Northamptonshire.”

Meet our finalists:

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:

Daventry Area Community Transport (DACT) – a volunteer led transport scheme that supports older people and people with disabilities or a health condition, particularly during cold weather spells, so they can leave their homes and access services and activities across Daventry and the surrounding area.

Indian Hindu Welfare Organisation – a group committed to community cohesion and raising cultural and religious awareness. One of their big achievements has been their work around Diwali, the winter festival of lights. It has become a landmark event and involves lots of schools and community groups in its lead-up.

Northamptonshire Black History – which collects, preserve and shares local history working with African, Asian and African Caribbean communities. This research has been used to create publications, exhibitions, education workshops, projects and learning packs for schools, families and adults.

Growing Together Northampton – a Blackthorn-based group which provides a nursery, holiday play scheme, breakfast club, youth activities and more to families on a low income, with a focus on tackling food poverty.

THE EDGE AWARD:

Brookside Hall – educational support for particularly vulnerable residents in the east of Northampton, helping support people back into education and/or employment.

Re:store Northampton – a town centre-based group which provides support, a food bank and other crisis services for vulnerable people and families on the bread line.

Live at Home Northampton – outreach for single, older people at risk of isolation and loneliness. This includes a telephone outreach service which ensure older people get weekly contact and support.

Citizens Advice, Corby and Kettering - supporting people in crisis who have been affected by the withdrawal of disability allowance and/ or are at risk of losing much needed benefits.

BEST NEWCOMER AWARD:

Rushton Parish Council’s ‘The Triangle’ – a monthly community magazine which provides regular information and updates to local residents.

Crick Scarecrow Festival – an annual event which brings the village alive with living history, music and re-enactments.

Montagu Moment’s at St Edmund’s Church – for its Pilgrimage of Kindness to the church to promote heritage, volunteering and build local community connections.

Ashton Conker Club - an annual competition that puts Northamptonshire on the world map.

TRAILBLAZER AWARD:

Buddies of Becket’s – which holds a range of wellbeing activities to encourage the park to be well used.

Bellinge Community House – whose diverse range of activities provide a programme of taster events and help identify community champions to support wellbeing for residents.

Groundwork Northamptonshire – a Kettering group which targets people of all ages with mental health issues and disabilities, using gardening as a means to enabling people to meet and be supported.

Royal & Derngate – for its outreach project that targets young people and supports them to become art leaders.

HD Media CIC – a Corby group committed to improving the arts by providing podcasts led by young people and residents.

Ashton Conker Club - host of the World Conker Championships, putting Northamptonshire on the global map.

THE BRILLIANT GROUP AWARD:

Deafconnect – which offers a year-long programme of activities for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Singing 4 Breathing – a singing class for people with lung diseases. Transport is provided to these classes, with people travelling to Northampton from across the county.

Mounts Mums Minis Group – these 90-minute sessions are for mums and children, with support services for mums when the classes have finished.

Krush Klub, from IDID Adventure – this pilot scheme offered wake boarding activities, targeted at young women to boost their confidence during teenage years.

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