Cafe Unity receives national recognition at Community Project Awards

21 July 2010

Cafe Unity in Heald Green receives £1,000 prize for putting heart into the community

Café unity in Heald Green has been awarded a £1,000 prize at this year’s Community Project Awards, in recognition of its role as a community hub.

Cafe Unity was named as a finalist selected from 82 projects nominated from across the UK which demonstrate how churches engage with social initiatives within the community.

Shop manager Katie Pritchard was presented with the award by national church and home insurer Congregational & General, at the annual United Reformed Church General Assembly.

The café has been in existence for 5 years and is open to anyone in the area or passing trade. The ambience is very much in keeping with other high street café brands and in the evenings the café is opened up for youth and projects and meetings.

The prize, donated by Congregational & General will be used for expanding the youth project element, as well as enabling the cafe to continue its reach into the local area.

Katie said: “Cafe Unity provides a meeting area for people, somewhere aside from the supermarket queue for locals to meet, chat, and enjoy a drink and for many it has become a home from home. Our regulars are both young and old, and the money will be a tremendous help in expanding our youth project in particular, as well as enabling us continue to reach out to the local area.”

Congregational & General Insurance Marketing Manager, Margaret Slater, said: “We place a strong focus on supporting community initiatives such as Cafe Unity that really make a difference and unite people of all backgrounds. The work done by Katie and team is an inspiration and it’s clear that there is a lot of potential for the cafe to continue making a positive impact in the area.”

Val Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church (URC), and one of the judges added: “The standard of entries at this year’s Community Awards was very high, and each of the prize winning organisations have made a real impact in their local area – showing God at work in small details and large visionary projects. We are absolutely delighted that so many impressive, life-giving projects have grown out of local URC congregations and we’re proud to provide Cafe Unity with their well-deserved cash prize and hope that this funding boost will enable them to continue their important community work.”