Cre8 receives the Rising Star Award at the Inaugural North West Charity Awards
The Rising Star Award in the category of 'Small Charity Big Impact' at the North West Charity Awards 2017
The Cre8 Youth and Community Project in Macclesfield was recognised with a special ‘Rising Star’ award at the spectacular North West Charity Awards on Wednesday evening. Cre8 was given the award for punching above its weight in the ‘Small Charity Big Impact’ category.
Other finalists in the category included charities representing the best from across the North West, so this is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved with Cre8, which is now in its 12th year of supporting young people and families from the Moss Rose Estate in Macclesfield.
The inaugural North West Charity Awards ceremony took place at Manchester’s impressive Midland Hotel. This was a red carpet event where the Cre8 table included volunteers, trustees, workers and young adults, who gathered to celebrate the great work of the thousands of charities and non-profit organisations across the North West of England.
Collecting the Award on the night, Cre8’s Director Rob Wardle said “I am hugely proud of all the people who've been involved in Cre8 since we started 12 years ago - our small faith-based community project on the Moss Rose Estate in Macclesfield. This award is absolutely unexpected for us at an event full of amazing big-hitting charities.”
Cre8 also gained the top award for Creamline Dairies in the Outstanding Business Supporters category. Creamline’s partnership with Cre8 helps to support young people and young adults into employment and give them direct work experience in the commercial world, whilst also providing income for the Cre8 charity.
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2015
workers who have put so much of themselves into this project over the last 10 years. They have been a huge blessing to each other and to our God who looks over them. They all very much deserve it. It is encouragement and recognition for commitment to others, as the Queens Award themselves say 'the equivalent of an MBE for a grass-roots charity'.”
Rob, goes on “It is just hugely encouraging for all of us involved with Cre8 to receive this award. A lot of our work is with young people which can be exciting and fun, as well as disappointing and very draining at times. Volunteers and workers at Cre8 experience lots of ups and downs with what we’re trying to do, but when we take time to step back and look at our achievements, then it makes us smile.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
Cre8 received the award from David Briggs M.B.E., K.St.J the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire.
High Sheriff of Cheshire's Award 2016
Cre8 was thrilled and honoured to receive an Award from the High Sheriff of Cheshire, Bill Holroyd, in recognition of the different Cre8 is making on the Moss Rose Estate in Macclesfield. The culmination of the year for the High Sheriff was to acknowledge specific individuals or voluntary groups by presenting them with a High Sheriff Award to recognise their valuable services to the community. It was a great honour and wonderful recognition for Cre8 to receive this Award.
Pip Mosscrop, Cre8’s chair of Trustees, went along to a special evening presentation of the Award, along with Rachel Bradley, a Cre8 worker and volunteer, and Beverley Frost from Cre8’s Learning Plus project. They had a thoroughly enjoyable evening at Abbots Moss Hall, with a drinks and canapes reception and the opportunity to meet people from across the county. What an experience!
Cre8 was lucky enough to host the High Sheriff for a visit and tour of Cre8 earlier in January. It was great to have the High Sheriff at some of our projects and to meet some of our young people. He started his visit by meeting young people from the Learning Plus project – who come to Cre8 for alternative education placements and are referred from schools and agencies across the county. He then went and met young people and young adults employed on one of our social enterprise businesses ‘Cre8 Works’. These young people are employed to work one or two days a week doing grounds maintenance contracts and tree work. Finally the High Sheriff joined in during one of our Cre8 Music drop-in sessions. He met young people who come along after school for professional music lessons and to learn music theory and how to use the recording studio. Everyone really enjoyed meeting the High Sheriff and chatting about what they do. They were also really keen to have ‘selfie’s’ with the High Sheriff in full uniform!
After his visit the High Sheriff commented: “I was hugely impressed with the work of Cre8 and I loved the way you have made something out of nothing in your community for the benefit of all.”
We continue to be very grateful for the enthusiasm, time and trouble that groups and individuals like the High Sheriff, put in to supporting Cre8. We cannot thank them enough.
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Cheshire Community Foundation's Award for Excellence in Innovation 2017
Thank you Cheshire Community Foundation!!!
What an honour to receive the Award for Innovation from Cheshire Community Foundation. Innovation is a theme that is crucial to Cre8 - doing something differently, something new, making change, transformation, and a better solution.
The Award was for work supporting hard to reach young people to engage in employment, education and training, using a range of innovative ideas and models.
Cre8 has a number of social enterprises and work experience opportunities including tree care, ground maintenance and land reclamation services, all with the goal of employing local young people, providing training opportunities and college-accredited courses.
Our experienced workers actively went out and knocked on the young people’s doors to get them involved in the schemes and as a result, the number of young volunteers increased threefold. In time, it is hoped that these young volunteers will go on to become full adult volunteers, too.
As if receiving the Award wasn't enough, we got to go to The Clink Restaurant at HMP Styal - a great example of Innovation! Rob & Ash went to collect the Award on Cre8's behalf and loved it. If you haven't been before - go!!! The restaurant is currently #2 of 2,094 Cheshire restaurants on TripAdvisor! The food is all prepared, cooked and served by prisoners who receive training, qualifications and lots of support to aid rehabilitation - and it's working! Have a look at http://theclinkcharity.org/
Zoe Sheppard, CEO of the Cheshire Community Foundation, said: “These awards recognise the outstanding contributions of these incredible charities in Cheshire and Warrington and we are delighted to honour each of them and present them with their prize.”
Rob Wardle, Director of Cre8 Macclesfield, said: “We are delighted to be acknowledged for our work and our young people have seen that getting involved in doing something worthwhile can be fun and exciting. They now want to be involved in the projects long-term, which is just fantastic.”
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