30 Nov 2014

2014 First Ever UK Christian Social Action Award Winners Announced at Lambeth Palace

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The winners of the first ever Christian Funders’ Forum (CFF) Christian social action awards were announced at a special ceremony which took on Wednesday 12th November. This ground breaking event, held in the historic Guards Room at Lambeth Palace, also recognised and celebrated the teams behind these key projects, which have been implemented to serve their communities around the UK.

One of the winners on the night was MakeLunch for the Best New Replicable Project. During school holidays the MakeLunch kitchens provide free, healthy, cooked food for pupils in need who usually receive free school meals. Since they started in July 2011 their volunteers have cooked and served over 8000 meals in more than 30 locations in England, Scotland and Wales. Founder and Director of MakeLunch Rachel Warwick says, “It’s been fantastic to be here to celebrate so many amazing projects that are going on in the country and to be encouraged in what we’re doing as well. Funding is such a massive part of charity work and so it’s great to celebrate the fruits of that. I hope that receiving an award like this from the Christian Funders’ Forum will leverage more support like their’s in the future.”

Other winners included Sharpe Memorial Church of the Nazarene in Parkhead, Glasgow for the Best Church Building Project and Longton Community Church for the Best Church Based Social Action Project.

The special Mustard Seed Gold Award winner was Way4ward, the Silver Award went to Active Listening and the Bronze Award was presented to The Feast from Birmingham. FInd out more about these .here Matt Bird, Chair of the Christian Funders’ Forum and host of the ceremony said, “It was such a privilege tonight as members of The Christian Funders’ Forum to recognise and award these amazing churches and organisations, who are doing some incredible and innovative work in their communities across the UK. These projects represent the growing impact that churches are having in their local areas, working together to be the hands and feet of Jesus and make a real difference to so many lives.”

Christian grant makers in the UK such as The Hinchley Trust and The Joseph Rank Trust, are increasingly working together to provide support and encourage excellence in Christian mission. The past few years have witnessed a rise in churches and organisations stepping into the gap and addressing key social needs, as the country has experienced a changing economic environment and significant cuts in funding for public services and charities. In light of this every year the CFF awards will identify and award the best of church and Christian social action projects, which are making a significant difference to thousands of people in communities across Britain. It will also continue to encourage and resource other local churches of all denominations to understand and address the social needs within their community – working together with other churches, local councils and police forces to build stronger and safer communities.

The Christians Funders’ Forum are a group of executives and trustees of grant-making foundations/funds who grant/invest into Christian work, meeting regularly to encourage the sharing of best practice and working together wherever that is possible. http://www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk/christian-funders-forum/