Awards night set to honour Northamptonshire’s unsung heroes

African Art classes
African Art classes

A trampoline club for people with disabilities and an organisation to raise African cultural awareness are two groups nominated for awards for their work this month.

The Northamptonshire Community Foundation, the county’s independent grant-giving charity, funded a variety of voluntary and community groups in 2012-13 to enable them to get projects off the ground.

These projects will be celebrated on October 1 in a ceremony at the Royal & Derngate Theatre, sponsored by The University of Northampton.

The Northampton Trampoline Gymnastics Academy is nominated after setting up a disability programme. The group has expanded the number of people with special needs who can do the sport to include disabled adults and children.

Matombo community arts and management worked with schools and organisations to provide free knitting sessions and to teach young people to create African art.

Project leader Susan Galloway said: “The project is about trying to show children different types of art and exploring textures. I started the project when I was made redundant and it’s absolutely amazing to be up for an award.”

Other nominees include Hope Enterprises in Northants, who deliver a drop-in service for upto 100 homeless people per day, Time 2 Talk in Daventry, whose self-harm project delivers coping strategies for 13 to 25-year-olds; and the St James End and district working men’s allotment association, which has developed a community space.

For the last 11 years the NCF has given around £600,000 of funding per year.

Victoria Miles, chief executive of NCF, said: “The winners will not be announced until the night but there’s already huge excitement for this celebration of unsung heroes of our county.

“These awards are our chance to recognise those local people who have devoted themselves to changing lives in the county.”