19 Feb 2018

Christian Innovation Grant – Winter 2017 Winners

15 grants of £2000 awarded to our Winter 2017 Christian Innovation Grant winners

Bottled Up, East Devon

Families in East Devon who live with alcoholism are given information, help and support to cope with their situation, regain control of their own lives, look after themselves and their families and influence the drinker in their family to seek help to address their alcohol problem.

Grace Enterprises, Nottingham

Grace Enterprises aims to establish sustainable businesses providing jobs for people who are facing barriers to employment. The first business is Radiant Cleaners – a domestic and commercial cleaning business. Supporting people into employment, working around childcare and paying the living wage while also providing an excellent standard of cleaning.

Youth Entrepreneurship Startup (YES Project), Kenya

In the Tana Delta region of Kenya the majority of the population live below the poverty line. Through an innovative mix of local informational radio programmes, practical training workshops and small loans, the YES project promotes and encourages the development of entrepreneurship amongst young people in the region.

Food For Purpose, London – Healthy Church Initiative – Leaders toolkit

The Healthy Church Initiative is a programme of educational sessions specifically tailored to reach Black Afro Caribbean church leaders. The programme educates leaders on the need for the church to be part of the solution towards the prevention of chronic illnesses which are prevalent in the black community namely obesity, hypertension and type 2 diabetes.

Tiverton Christians Against Poverty, Devon – Job Club

The Tiverton CAP Job Club helps restore the confidence and self-worth of those who are unemployed in Mid-Devon by providing free-to-access tailored support to help individuals get back into employment.

Heaven’s Gate Centre, Birmingham – Training of Christian Outreach Volunteers

This projects aims to support vulnerable adults and computer illiterate members of the community with online applications. Being unable to complete online application forms can be a barrier to receiving benefits that individuals are entitled to. 89% of those interviewed stated that they have missed deadlines for applications, or they have not been able to complete them due to a language barrier and lack of computer knowledge.

Crossway Pregnancy, London – Increasing access to pregnancy crisis and loss support

Those who struggle after abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth experience physical, emotional and spiritual difficulties and are often depressed and/or anxious. This project aims to use online technology to improve access to pregnancy crisis and pregnancy loss support for those currently excluded from support because of location, availability, or confidence.

Fresh RB, Manchester – Video Production Workshop

A video production workshop for young people and young adults (from ages 13 – 30) with life limiting and long-term conditions. While teaching media skills, the project aims to enable young people to have a safe place to express themselves, discuss life struggles and improve their self-confidence.

Penlan Community Methodist Church, Swansea – Community Garden Project

A new community garden producing healthy sustainable food for local people in the grounds of Penlan Community Methodist Church which is situated in the middle of a large social housing estate. The project will involve all age groups in the Penlan community who will have the opportunity to learn new skills, grow food and get out doors whilst also strengthening the community spirit with a joint project.

Life Guards, Belfast

Life Guards is a six week programme which aims to teach kids skills to live healthy lifestyles. The healthy lifestyle programme seeks to tackle obesity and mental health issues with a holistic approach to both body and mind.

Matthew’s House, Swansea – Showers for the homeless

Matthew’s House is run by volunteers from all walks of life. Using food donated from supermarkets, they have served over 5,500 meals to some of the most needy people in Swansea since opening at the beginning of 2017.  The grant will be used to upgrade their shower room to offer the homeless bathroom facilities and an opportunity to get clean with dignity.

Voice of Hope, Stoke-on-Trent – Modern Slavery Training Handbook

The Modern Slavery Training Handbook is to be handed out at the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Course to make social workers, NHS staff and other professionals aware of recognising those at risk so they are able to offer support.

Mummyshock, Brighton

Becoming a mum for the first time brings big changes to life and lots of challenges. Mummyshock provides a supportive space for women to talk, in a secure and friendly environment. This results in greater resilience and confidence in new mums.

Creation Cuts, Coventry

Creation Cuts is a hairdressers offering good quality haircuts on a free / donation only basis for those who would not normally be able to afford them. They also aim to pick up on other issues/ needs while chatting to their clients and to help signpost to other support agencies. The aim is to improve people’s self-esteem and self-worth.

Screening Family Support Project, Feltham

This project provides education and support to families who have been given a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome (and other abnormalities). The aim is make available non-biased information that is honest about the reality of the joys and challenges of supporting an individual with Down Syndrome and the related medical conditions.