Group Or Project of the Year 2017 Finalist – Women’s Community Matters

Women’s Community Matters have made it into the finals for the constant support, advice and guidance they provide to women at their centre in Barrow.

Women’s Community Matters was established in 2014 as a centre for women in the area to get access to help support and guidance in all aspects of life.

Based in Duke Street in Barrow-in-Furness, the core team of Women’s Community Matters live and breathe the philosophy that Every Woman Matters.  The team are made up of real women, who understand the pressures, the challenges and the successes that women face on a daily basis and are supported by volunteers and a wide variety of other organisations and business throughout the area.

Women’s Community Matters help to make a  positive difference to the lives of women in the Barrow area. They help in all ways providing resources to women in crisis and those who are vulnerable and at risk and provide a friendly, safe centre where you can simply pop in for a cup of tea and a piece of cake!

It doesn’t matter about your age or background, the centre welcomes all women aged 16+.

They run Drop in sessions,  activities and courses where women can learn and grow and have their own clothes bank.

The team strive to create an atmosphere of empowerment and self-development, removing obstacles and dealing with issues together.  A lot of the women who benefit from the centre go on to help and  participate in the day to day running as volunteers, trustees and members.

One of their ladies has said “I don’t know where I would be without them, they were their for me when I didn’t feel I had anywhere else to go, now I am helping others in their journey”

TO VOTE FOR WCM IN THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD  

TEXT  LBA21 to 82055

Peoples Choice Award Sponsor

With thanks to Blake Henderson Ltd for sponsoring this award

Each text vote costs your normal network text message charge.

One free vote may be made online by visiting www.lovebarrowawards.co.uk/peopleschoice

Voting closes at 6.00pm on the Sunday 19th February 2017. Any votes received after then may be charged but will not be counted.

The winner will be announced at The Love Barrow Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 and will be announced via Facebook and Twitter also.

 


Group or Project of the Year 2017 Finalist – SAFA

SAFA have made it to the finals for the continuing service and support they provide to people with Mental Health Issues.

The team at SAFA is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of individuals who self-harm. In a world where poor mental health is on the increase, the team continues to give 100% by meeting the person where they are, then walks along side them on their journey towards rediscovery of where they lba17_group_safa_resize-for-blogwant to be. They work incredibly hard to eliminate the stigma and discrimination associated with self harm, a subject that sadly still remains taboo.

They work with all ages of people from age 8+, from all walks of life regardless of gender, religion, ability-disability, background, social class, job, education etc.

Th ehead office and team is based in Barrow  but they offer a countywide Cumbrian service.

They have worked with people who have been able to find the incredible courage to take that first step and make a change in their lives benefit.
SAFAs stance on self harm is that it is not about attention seeking, or  manipulative, many people self harm for an awful long time before anybody realises.
This year is SAFA’s 10th Anniversary since its inception they have helped over 1100 individuals to explore, discover and clarify ways of living more satisfyingly and resourcefully.

Some of people they have helped have said “They are all just amazing , they are incredibly patient, kind, they listen to what you have to say , while you are there you feel safe and protected, you are heard sometimes for the first time in your life”

TO VOTE FOR SAFA IN THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD  

TEXT  LBA19 to 82055

Peoples Choice Award Sponsor

With thanks to Blake Henderson Ltd for sponsoring this award

Each text vote costs your normal network text message charge.

One free vote may be made online by visiting www.lovebarrowawards.co.uk/peopleschoice

Voting closes at 6.00pm on the Sunday 19th February 2017. Any votes received after then may be charged but will not be counted.

The winner will be announced at The Love Barrow Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 and will be announced via Facebook and Twitter also.

 


Group or Project of the Year 2017 Finalist – The Well

The Well has made it to the finals for the support and facilities for rehabilitation they provide for ex-offenders and other people in need, to help them get their life back on track.

The Well was established by David Higman, after spending much of his younger life in and out of prison, he realised that if there was no-one at the other side of the gate waiting for people with help, support and advice, most released would end up re-offending.

As a Community Interest Company, The Well, based in lba17_group_the-well_resize-for-blogBarrow-in-Furness and around the area,  has three primary services that it provides. These three services are part of a community based rehabilitation approach to recovery, and can be provided independently of each other or as part of a combined package.

They are delivered through a combination of full and part time staff supported by volunteers from the recovery community who are able to provide mutual “peer-support” and experience to empower people to take responsibility for their recovery in order to break the cycles of addiction and/or offending.

The Well believes that abstinent accommodation is a primary ingredient to achieving long term recovery for individuals and works alongside local authorities to create packages that offers a greater number of individuals the opportunity to access  support and treatment. The Well in Barrow now has over 21 beds, all occupied with substance free ex offenders.

In the words of one of thier clients ” Without the Well, I wouldn’t have recognised I was drinking myself to death, because of the help they provided, I am back on track, I can be  a dad to my girls again and now I help others as they come on to the programme, they have literally given me my life back!”

TO VOTE FOR THE WELL IN THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD  

TEXT  LBA20 to 82055

Peoples Choice Award Sponsor

With thanks to Blake Henderson Ltd for sponsoring this award

Each text vote costs your normal network text message charge.

One free vote may be made online by visiting www.lovebarrowawards.co.uk/peopleschoice

Voting closes at 6.00pm on the Sunday 19th February 2017. Any votes received after then may be charged but will not be counted.

The winner will be announced at The Love Barrow Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 and will be announced via Facebook and Twitter also.

 


Group or Project 2017 Nominee – Help the Homeless

Help the Homeless have been nominated for the Group or PPhil-Collier-Associatesroject of the Year Award 2017 sponsored by Phil Collier Associates.

 

Help the Homeless was set up on Black Friday in 2015 to help raise funds primarily for the  Furness Homeless Support Group but to also support other homeless people in the Furness area.

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Who Are they?

Help the Homeless is run by an eclectic mix of people from all walks of life, aged 16 to 45.  These people want to make a difference to thier community and the people in it.  Their attitude is that no idea is to big or small and they will give anything a go as long as it benefits the charity’s aims and goals. 

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Charity Night at the Nines – Photo by Darren McSweeney

The group has been involved in goods, clothing  and essentials collections.  There have been two music events to raise money, hosted at the Nines Club in Barrow-in-Furness. On their very first event they raised over £5000.  They have also arranged local businesses to donate left-over food.

To date the group have raised nearly £6500.  All events have been arranged at no cost, so without the need to pay out on overheads,  every penny raised goes to the charity.

The latest event amount was donated to the Special Care Baby Unit at Furness General Hospital,  in memory of Dean Zaccarini, a much loved and talented local musician, who sadly passed away earlier in the year.  Dean was one of the groups major contributors at the first event.

Well Done Help The Homeless and your team, you are an inspiration to us all!

If you know a person, a group, charity or business who deserves some recognition then you have until the 18th November 2016 to nominate them for a Love Barrow Award 2017.

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Please note all information is from the nomination form (s) and some information may be incorrect at time of publishing.