Make a Difference Community Awards finalists
May 28, 2012
JUDGES have delved through the many entries for this year’s Barclays Make a Difference Community Awards 2012 and drawn up a shortlist of projects across the area.
We are now calling on readers and supporters of the projects to make sure they vote for the most deserving winners for the first place and runner-up prizes.
The judges who had a tough task going through the applications were Nicholas Smith, Barclays community and events manager, Andy Crotty, Barclays business manager, Spelthorne mayor Councillor Sam Budd and Herald & News acting news editor Beth Duffell.
Barclays, working with the Herald & News, is offering £1,000 as first prize to a community project and two runner-up prizes of £500 for smaller community projects.
The five shortlisted projects are The Clubhouse Project Ltd, Runnymede Dementia Carers Support Group, The Eikon Charity, Daybreak and Recrodis Social Club.
■ The Clubhouse is a day service facility for severe learning disabled young adults and is based on the campus of Addlestone’s St George’s College. It is looking for funding to pay for sports equipment and towards a sound system.
■ The Runnymede Dementia Carers Support Group applied to help fund the John D Club, which is based at The Village Centre, Englefield Green. It is a free drop-in day centre that is run on Tuesdays and has been a great success for carers and their loved ones in the past year. The group needs cash to fund running the club for another year.
■ Daybreak, run by the Staines Parish Community Care Trust, has recently opened for a second day per week. It offers quality care, entertainment and cooked food to disabled adults while their carers take a break. If the group wins an award, the money would be spent enhancing the quality of entertainment offered and to buy equipment.
■ The Eikon Charity in New Haw works in the community providing sustained support to some of the county’s most vulnerable young people and their families. It needs funding to pay for its Take Control course, which prepares young people for independent living after school and will focus on topics including health, finance and career and education.
■ Runnymede-based Recrodis Social Club was established in 1957 and its mission is to assist older and disabled members of the community and make them feel less isolated by attending social events and giving carers a break. If Recrodis wins, it will use the cash to pay for entertainment, transport hire and light refreshments.
To vote for which organisation you think deserves to win, purchase a copy of the Herald & News (May 24 or May 31 editions) for your voting form.
Completed forms must arrive at our offices by 5pm on Monday, June 11. No photocopies will be accepted.
A Barclays Money Skills Award of £1,000 for a community project related to financial capability is also up for grabs, along with a separate prize where Barclays volunteers will support a charity to implement a project and cover reasonable costs.
The winners of these two prizes have been decided and will be revealed at a presentation at the end of June or the beginning of July when the other winners from the shortlist will also be announced.