Northants groups nominated for community awards

The Hope Project, Wellingborough
The Hope Project, Wellingborough
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A trampoline club for people with disabilities, a project to tackle food poverty, an exercise and social club for the elderly, an African cultural group and a project to support young people who are self-harming are just a few of the Northamptonshire groups nominated for awards this month.

The annual Northamptonshire Community Foundation awards ceremony, being sponsored by The University of Northampton, will be held at Northampton’s Royal Theatre on Tuesday, October 1.

Groups from Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Daventry and Northampton are all up for awards.

All the shortlisted groups received funding from the county’s independent grant giving charity Northamptonshire Community Foundation in 2012-13 – funding which enabled the projects to get off the ground and thrive.

The variety in groups nominated for awards in the Foundation’s categories reflects the diversity in grants awarded by Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

Victoria Miles, chief executive of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, said: “The winners will not be announced until the night itself, but there is already huge excitement in the community for this celebration of unsung heroes of our county.

“These awards are our chance to recognise and give something back those local people who have devoted themselves to changing lives in the county.”

In addition to the categories and nominees listed below there will awards made on the evening to recognise outstanding LocalGiving.com and High Sheriff Initiative groups.

A total of 24 organisations are up for awards across five categories – Sports; Arts, Culture and Heritage; Supporting Families; Transforming Lives; and Strengthening Communities.

Groups nominated in the Telegraph’s region include:

Kings Cliffe and area sports project which, since it was set up in 2006, has promoted, administered and developed sporting opportunities by offering coaching and competitive opportunities in a range of sports.

Corby Sports Forum which counts 90 clubs in its membership and has 50 active volunteers helping to develop and promote sport. The forum meets every two months and runs club roadshows and events for all clubs to increase their membership.

Corby Deep Roots Tall Trees which aims to promote community development and increase well-being through writing music, choral singing and live performance.

The Hope Project, in Wellingborough, which has served deprived communities since 1999 by providing events, training and self-help initiatives, giving a positive alternative focus to drugs and crime.

Youth Work CIC Kettering provides a service for young peoplein Kettering and Corby providing programmes designed to enhance young people’s confidence and self-esteem and improve their employability and social skills.

For further details visit www.ncf.uk.com