Meet our Trailblazing award finalists

Community groups committed to supporting people of all ages living in Northamptonshire have been unveiled as trailblazers by local grant giving charity Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

Five groups have been nominated for the ‘Trailblazer’ category in this year’s annual awards, with the overall winner set to be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, 30th October.

Victoria Miles, Chief Executive at the Foundation, said: “This category is all about demonstrating excellence, making an outstanding difference and improving the quality of people’s lives. I’m sure you will agree, these are all worthy finalists.”

Meet the Trailblazer finalists, a category sponsored by Wilson Browne Solicitors …

Buddies of Beckets 

This group of volunteers is committed to preserving and developing Northampton’s Becket’s Park, Midsummer Meadow and Radlands Plaza. It strives to improve the appearance, facilities, conservation and safety of the park and encourage greater community use. 

The group has provided regular social activities, including one off events, monthly litter picks and garden projects.

Bellinge Community House

This Northampton group host a range of activities and provide a programme of taster events and help identify community champions

They have run a low-cost programme of sport and training for people living in Bellinge and the neighbouring ward of Ecton Brook, specifically targeting those who are inactive, women and girls, the elderly, disabled people and those from Black and Ethnic Minority Backgrounds.

Groundwork Northamptonshire 

This Kettering group uses gardening to support and bring together people of all ages with mental health issues, physical and learning disabilities,

Launched 12 years ago it runs a range of projects, with the users themselves at the very heart of decision making. Foundation funding was awarded to the group’s flagship project, The Green Patch, which runs gardening groups, health walks, environmental art therapy and a disabled children’s short breaks service.

Royal & Derngate 

The theatres’ run an outreach project for young people, helping them become art leaders, work towards Arts Award qualifications, collaborate with a range of professionals and communities, and develop leadership skills. 

Its recent Mothertongue Tales project used the services of local playwright, who helped adapt tales into five short scripts for children. Key Stage 2 pupils in five local primary schools were then able to work with art professionals, culminating with performances at the Royal & Derngate.

HD Media CIC

This Corby group, committed to improving the arts, runs podcasts which are all led by young people and residents.

The group’s succesful Corby Arts Podcasts are 15-minute podcasts telling people what is happening in Corby’s arts and cultural scene.

Six podcasts have been produced, listened to by 9,000 people and broadcast on Corby Radio as well as across social media channels.