Community Project Awards
For 25 years, the United Reformed Church has been recognising outstanding community projects taking place in its churches – projects that don’t get the recognition they deserve, but which demonstrate the mission of the church by reaching out in many different ways to the local communities which they serve.
The URC has partnered with Congregational and we are again deeply grateful to them for donating up to £6,000 in prizes, and for agreeing to make the awards each year after we went back to holding our General Assembly annually.
Each year, three awards of up to £2,000 are made.
The 2023 Awards
25 Years of the Community Project Awards
The 2023 Community Project Awards marked the 25th year the scheme has been in place, having been founded by the Revd David Lawrence in 1998. In recognition of this milestone we have created this celebratory video, where you can learn more about the awards scheme and see the incredible difference it has made in people’s lives.
The winners from the 2023 Awards can be viewed below or you can read more about the award ceremony here.
St Johns URC Causeway Community Garden, Warrington
DARE Darwen Asylum Refugee Enterprise, Lancashire
Wooler Warm Welcome, Wooler United Reformed Church, Northampton
The 2022 Awards
After visits to each of the projects, three winners were selected, but because of the quality of the other projects, the judges also awarded two Highly Commended awards with the hope that these projects will considering entering the awards again.
The three winners from the 2022 Awards can be viewed below, or you can watch the 2022 Awards playlist on our YouTube channel, this includes videos from the community projects that were highly commended.
Skipton Wellbeing Café at St Andrews URC and Methodist Church in Skipton
Community Uniform Swap Shop at St Columba’s URC in Wolverhampton
Roker Life at Roker United Reformed Church, Sunderland
Judges: Margaret Slater, Derek Estill, Andy Jackson, Maranny Jones, Sue Cossey, Pete Twilley and Jo Patterson.
Videos and photos: Andy Jackson, Hannah Clark, Matt Collins and Laura Taylor.