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Local church community arts project picks up national award

13 May 2015

Arts4All based at Southwick Christian Community Church has been awarded a £1,500 prize after nominations from across the UK were invited for the annual Faith in Action awards.

Church Secretary Brian Box, was presented with the award at the Congregational Federation Assembly held in Peterborough on Saturday 9 May. The awards, sponsored by national church insurer Congregational & General, recognise the efforts of churches that establish social initiatives within their local community.

Rev Lynda Hulcoop, Minister for Southwick Christian Community Church said: "We are delighted to receive this prize as it recognises and rewards all the wonderful work done by so many in the church in finding creative ways to express our faith. The money will go towards supporting more creative projects, the materials and the manpower we need to extend our influence and message."

Arts4All is a programme of creative activities which provide an opportunity for people of all ages and differing abilities to come together and participate in creative sessions. This includes painting and drawing, card making, mosaics, glasswork, jewellery making, needlecraft, photography and cookery. The programme encourages community volunteers or church members to share their creative skills and provide encouragement to participants from the local community.

Congregational & General Insurance Marketing Manager, Margaret Slater, said: "We place a strong focus on supporting community initiatives such as 'Arts4All' that really make a difference and unite people. I feel the success of this wide ranging project is that it not only encourages everyone to acquire new skills it is also a place for social interaction and helps bridge age, gender and cultural divides."

Rev Adrian Burr, Chair of the Congregational Federation Mission and Society Committee and a member of the judging panel commented: "The standard of entries for this year's awards was high, and each of the prize winning organisations have made a real impact in their local area. We are absolutely delighted that so many impressive, projects have grown out of local congregations and we're proud to provide 'Arts4All' with their well-deserved cash prize and hope that this funding boost will enable them to continue this important work within the community."

Local church community arts project picks up national award

13 May 2015

Pottery For All a scheme created by Blaenavon Congregational Church (Bethlehem Chapel) has been presented with a prestigious national Faith in Action award.

Anthony Ayres, Kevin Driscoll and Carol Bolter were presented with the award at the Congregational Federation Assembly held in Peterborough on Saturday 9 May. The awards, sponsored by national church insurer Congregational & General, recognise the efforts of churches that establish social initiatives within their local community.

Pottery For All was launched to reach out to those isolated in the local community of Blaenavon and offers them a place to boost self-esteem and make friendships. The group meet every Tuesday to learn pottery skills and it is open to all ages and stages of experience.

Project Facilitator, Anthony Ayres commented: "We are thrilled to have been recognised for the work we do to engage with the local community. Winning an award is a wonderful accolade and we look forward to continuing the classes in the future. We will use the prize money to buy more materials which will allow attendees to advance their skills."

Congregational & General Insurance Marketing Manager, Margaret Slater, said: "We place a strong focus on supporting community initiatives such as 'Pottery For All' that really make a difference and unite people. It is more than a simple pottery class it has brought attendees out of their shells and built confidence."

Rev Adrian Burr, Chair of the Congregational Federation Mission and Society Committee and a member of the judging panel commented: "The standard of entries for this year's awards was high, and each of the prize winning organisations have made a real impact in their local area. We are absolutely delighted that so many impressive, projects have grown out of local congregations and we're proud to provide 'Pottery For All' with their well-deserved cash prize and hope that this funding boost will enable them to continue this important work within the community."