Awards Ceremony 2017

Now in its third year, the Jewson Building Better Communities campaign has been able to help even more community projects. Whether it’s recognising local facilities that require refurbishment or supporting tradespeople that are making positive changes to the areas that they live in, Jewson are proud to support all of these amazing causes.

About the awards ceremony

Now in its third year, the Jewson Building Better Communities campaign has been able to help even more community projects. Whether it’s recognising local facilities that require refurbishment or supporting tradespeople that are making positive changes to the areas that they live in, Jewson are proud to support all of these amazing causes.

After another successful awards ceremony, we’ve announced our winners for 2017 after a rigorous voting and judging process. Thank you to all who nominated and voted, we’re proud to support all of these amazing causes. Check out this year’s winners below.

Regional Winners

Addam Smith

£50,000

Addam Smith is the founder of Band of Builders, a community that was originally set up to support Addam Smith’s colleague, Keith Ellick who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. After emotional conversations between the pair, Addam decided to help him. Adam posted in The Builders Talk Facebook group of 12,000 other trades people to share the news and within minutes, he was inundated with donations and offers to help renovate Keith’s house. In one week a team of 50 tradesmen from across the country completely revamped Keith’s house using donated materials. On the back of the success with Keith’s house renovation, Addam is now working to make Band of Builders a registered charity so he can continue to support those in need and changing their lives for the better.

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Regional Winners

Farms for city children

£50,000

Children’s author Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare founded Farms for City Children at Nethercott House in Devon in 1976. The charity offers urban children from all over the country a unique opportunity to live and work together for a week at a time on a real farm in the heart of the countryside. It is an intense, ‘learning through doing’ experience of a different life – for children who may not know where their food comes from and have limited opportunities to explore the outside world.

Farms for city children now have three working farms, where they welcome around 3,000 children and 400 teachers a year.

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Regional Winners

Angel Meadow Project

Prize £5000

Moodswings is a mental health charity focussing on Recovery. Our intention is to build an extension comprising of a community café and respite accommodation in line with the dream of our founder and Chair Tom McAlpine OBE who died suddenly two weeks after planning permission was granted.

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Brookfields Special School independent living skills centre

Prize £5000

To convert a former caretaker’s house in Pangbourne into an independent living skills centre where the pupils can learn vital day to day skills such as cooking and cleaning as well as vocational skills such as gardening, online selling and catering

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Catterburn Campsite Facilities Update

Prize £5000

Girlguiding Dunbartonshire is a volunteer-led charity supporting almost 3,400 girls and young women aged 5-26 across East and West Dunbartonshire. Access to the Outdoors is a major part of our programme and we have a fabulous campsite to carry out lots of activities, but we need to upgrade urgently

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Corby Nightlight

Prize £10000

We provide a winter night shelter for rough sleepers and other homeless adults from Corby and surrounding areas.

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Counselling Centre

Prize £10000

Demolition and new build of Dedicated Counselling Centre to serve all the Community in Dudley Area

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Dan Hughes Memorial and Community Garden

Prize £10000

Turn a patch of unused land into a Garden for the community which will also act as an information point for Undiagnosed Heart Defects

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Farms for city children

Prize £50000

Nemourus immediate building works to the farm and accommodation block.

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Forest Folk – Outdoor Learning Classroom Build-The Drama Zone!

Prize £5000

As part of their award winning design- RHS Overall North East Winners of the Green Plan-it design 2016- the Forest Folk would like to bring their design brief to life and need funding for zone 4 the drama area- staging, concrete base, timbers and roofing, sleepers, digger for preparing the ground.

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Mansfield Community and Voluntary Services building renovation

Prize £5000

Renovating our local community and voluntary sevices building to enable continued support for those that need it most in Mansfield, using the skills of talented students who are volunteering their time to assist

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Mexborough Community Campus Youth and Community Centre

Prize £5000

Mexborough Youth and Community Centre is operated for the benefit of the people of Mexborough, young and old. It has potential to provide a range of activities ranging from the traditional Youth Club activities, rehearsals, Homeless Cafes etc. Improvements will increase the range of activities.

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Minehead FC new facilities

Prize £5000

The project is a new build for 2 changing rooms, officails room, disabled facilities, community hall, kitchen and bar facilities to replace existing facilities which are in a very poor state.

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Montrose Playhouse Project SCIO – DIY SOS

Prize £10000

Local group of volunteers who have bought a former swimming pool under community asset transfer fromm Angus Council in Montrose to convert into Cinema and Art Centre

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Mountain rescue

Prize £10000

New base for mountain rescue team

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New Cedar House – Redevelopment of Accommodation for Children with Autism

Prize £5000

Redevelopment of children’s (up to 18 years old) residential accommodation within The North East Centre for Autism, Newton Aycliffe, to create 8 apartments and communal areas, which are fit for purpose, appropriate spaces to fit the complex and differing needs of young people with Autism.

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North Walsham Gymnastics Club – Dream, Believe, Achieve

Prize £5000

It has been a long term goal for North Walsham Gymnastics Club to move from the hall shared with the high school to a purpose built facility to meet local demand. The location has been found and work started,the funding would be used to complete the changing rooms, kitchen, viewing area and office.

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Paul Ingle boxing academy gym

Prize £2500

Run down building to be turned into the boxing academy

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Rebuilding Greenslate Community Farm

Prize £5000

We recently had a fire on our community farm which has destroyed our wareing shed along with it's contents leaving us all devastated and trying to find the funds to replace things and then help to continue with our original plans.

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Revitalising a community hub and Sobriety centre

Prize £2500

The Yorkshire Waterways Museum which is home to a unique charity delivering services to people suffering disadvantage urgently needs refurbishment to its exterior to remain fit for purpose. The building is a vital community hub supporting people with disabilities, excluded young people, and illness.

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Saints Boardriders Surf Club House & New Public Toilets

Prize £5000

We are building a club house for Saints Boardriders Surf Club on Porthmeor Beach Car Park, St Ives. We are also building new public toilets for residents and holiday makers. Our Surf club has around 200 members. We meet every Saturday in the Summer and teach children age 4 to 16 to surf.

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The Bikery youth education and training space

Prize £10000

Nottingham Bikeworks is seeking support to refurbish an adjacent empty building to provide a fit-for-purpose educational and training space for children and young adults who are struggling with their education or are not in employment, education or training.

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The Dockland Settlements Community Cabin

Prize £5000

The Dockland Settlements charity is building a cabin in the grounds of our community centre and looking for help. The Community Cabin will be used by locals for a variety of activities including elderly art clubs, children's parties, youth clubs, disability activities and a community men's shed.

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Transformation of Clean Break theatre

Prize £5000

Clean Break uses theatre to transform the lives of women offenders and women at risk of offending. We need your help to undertake vital refurbishment of our London studios, enabling us to deliver life changing education programmes for vulnerable women, and to reach out to and engage our community.

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Upcycle Outhouse

Prize £5000

Renovating a large disused outhouse which is part of our Charity so we can expand our upcycling project in the City and provide affordable furniture to those most in need, create apprenticeship/training opportunities and inspire a generation of young people in the community

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Woodfield School ‘Space 2 Grow’ Project

Prize £5000

Our project will improve the external facilities and garden at Woodfield special school in Hemel Hempstead. The new gardens will support student education, engagement and well-being, becoming additional outdoor learning and leisure spaces enriching the experience for children attending the school.

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Trade hero Winners

Addam Smith

Prize £50,000

Addam Smith is the founder of Band of Builders, a community that was originally set up to support Addam Smith’s colleague, Keith Ellick who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. After emotional conversations between the pair, Addam decided to help him. Adam posted in The Builders Talk Facebook group of 12,000 other trades people to share the news and within minutes, he was inundated with donations and offers to help renovate Keith’s house. In one week a team of 50 tradesmen from across the country completely revamped Keith’s house using donated materials. On the back of the success with Keith’s house renovation, Addam is now working to make Band of Builders a registered charity so he can continue to support those in need and changing their lives for the better.

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David Thomas

Prize £10,000

David is a plasterer by trade and he is also a committee member on the Little Laura charity board and has spent the last year helping build a sensory garden at Marshlands Special School in his free time. After a full days work he has dedicated a huge amount of his spare time to completing this amazing project.

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Awards Ceremony Gallery

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