Brilliant Group finalists

A support group for the deaf and hard of hearing, singing classes for people with lung diseases and a group for mums and their babies are among those being celebrated at this year’s Northamptonshire Community Foundation Annual Awards.

Victoria Miles, Chief Executive at the Foundation, said: “Our ‘Brilliant Group’ category recognises groups that have made an outstanding impact, met a significant community need and provided high quality, popular services.

“All our finalists, all of whom have received funding from the Foundation, have achieved all of this – and more.”

Meet The Brilliant Group finalists here, a category sponsored by Metro Bank …


This Northamptonshire group were funded by the Foundation to run a year-long programme of activities for the deaf and hard of hearing. Thirty people benefited, with activities such as pottery, flower, game days and shopping praties.

Days out included a trip to the Cutty Sark, where the tour guide was a profoundly deaf historian who delivers his information in British Sign Language.  It is extremely rare for deaf people to get tours in their native language and generated a real sense of pride amongst the members.

Singing 4 Breathing 

This singing group in Northamptonshire helps people with lung diseases breathe more easily, thanks to the natural lung exercise singing can bring. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) causes long-term damage to the lungs and accounts for £1.4 million GP consultations and one million inpatient bed days annually, costing the NHS more than £800m each year. Members of the Singing 4 Breathing group range from those who are newly diagnosed to those recovering from double lung transplants with members already reporting improved breathing. Funding from the Foundation was used to expand Singing 4 Breathing from one class in Northampton to several throughout the county.

Mounts Mums Minis Group 

This Northampton based group runs 90-minute sessions for mums and children, with support services for mums when the classes have finished. Funding from the Foundation paid for much needed equipment, funded workshop leaders and covered the costs of insurance and DBS checks for volunteers.

Krush Klub, from IDID Adventure 

This pilot scheme, part of a girls’ empowerment programme, offered wake boarding activities to young women - designed to boost confidence during teenage years.

The pilot was followed by a six week opt-in club to enable the teenagers to continue with the activity. The scheme targeted marginalised and at-risk young people and was led by female instructors and volunteers.