Voluntary and Community Sector Excellence Awards a huge success

Voluntary Action Coventry (VAC) hosted its 56th AGM on 20th November 2013 with an awards ceremony to recognise and celebrate the good work of voluntary and community groups in Coventry. The awards ceremony was a new approach for VAC to reward groups in the Sector who have demonstrated excellent working practice and made a significant impact in their communities. All of the applications received were of a very high standard which shows the amount of good work being done in Coventry by smaller charities and larger voluntary and community organisations. Following the formal AGM, the winners were announced. Coventry City Mission and Foleshill Women’s Training fought off tough competition to successfully win an award each for Involving Volunteers and likewise Adventure Centre Ltd won the award for Fundraising.

Coventry City Mission (CCM) provide young people in Wood End, Manor Farm and Henley Green a positive place to go after school to engage in traditional youth group activities including art & craft, the use of games consoles and a pool table. The unique quality of the Redeeming Our Communities Junior project is that it is run in partnership with other groups/statutory bodies within the area in order to reduce fear and misunderstanding across groups and to create a better community feel. CCM currently has over 100 volunteers supporting their work who provide a positive influence to the people in their communities.

Foleshill Women’s Training (FWT) is an award winning organisation with 24 years experience of tackling Social, Health & Economic barriers that women from Coventry and the surrounding areas face. Many of their new volunteers are women from ethnic minority backgrounds who are newly arrived to the country or are unemployed and looking for work experience. Going to FWT gives them more confidence and social skills to work with other people and to communicate effectively in a safe setting, while they gain more confidence to advance further. FWT train volunteer Health Champions to go out into the community to raise awareness of health issues and promote healthy lifestyle. Many of the hard to reach groups they want to engage face issues such as trust, confidence and language barriers and the volunteers help by breaking these barriers down. FWT recruit a mixture of volunteers with various skills and languages and encourage women to make even small changes.

Adventure Centre Ltd offer young people and their families’ affordable recreation and leisure activities including abseiling, archery, bouldering and zip wire to develop their capabilities that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society. The group formed just over 25 years ago with 5 young children and has since seen thousands of young people and adults come through the doors of the centre. Through fundraising, Adventure Centre Ltd has been able to support parents and young people to access the activities and during the last 25 years over £300,000 has been raised.

VAC would like to thank Harry Shaw Business Computers, Band Hatton Button Solicitors and National Express for sponsoring the awards.

For more information please contact Marian McGowan on m.mcgowan@vacoventry.org.uk or call 024 7622 0381.

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Coventry Womens Voices is an independent group of women’s organisations, organisations working with women and individuals that have come together to ensure women’s voices are heard when policy is made in Coventry. Our mission is to “Make Women’s Voices Heard in Coventry”.
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