Wednesday, 1st August 2012 - comments (0)
A Bath community service that helps many people deal with alcohol misuse has received a grant award of £1,500 from the Bath Building Society’s annual charity awards scheme. Reason, which was established in November 2011, is an independent charity that provides alcohol advice and support services designed to prevent alcohol dependency with people who are drinking problematically. In the first quarter of 2012, Reason provided its service to 32 people which totalled in 108 one-to-one sessions.
In total seven local community groups and projects shared £5,000 of cash awards, with a further four groups receiving hot air balloon tickets which can be used to raise funds to support their activity. The winning charities were chosen from a record number of 53 applicants, by a panel of judges and the award ceremony took place at the Mayor’s Parlour last week.
John Hill, Alcohol Support Worker at Reason, comments: “Our organisation offers support to people affected by alcohol issues and the award from Bath Building Society will allow us to run 50 one-to-one sessions for our clients. As an independent community service, we rely on external funding to help those with a problem which is difficult in the current climate. The grant from Bath Building Society is fundamental to keep our project going and we are so grateful to have received the top award.”
Jonathan Cook, Community and Retail Operations Manager at Bath Building Society, comments: ‘We were truly overwhelmed by the number of people who applied for a charity award this year and this shows just how important our programme is to the local community particularly in this time of austerity. The quality and variety of entries we received was extremely high and it wasn’t an easy task for our judges to choose the finalists. We hope that our support and recognition help these deserving organisations to continue to make a real difference in the local community.”
Other winning entries include: The Open Door Centre; Alice Park Community Group; The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases Charitable Fund; Bath Opportunity Pre-School; Paulton Rovers Netball Club; PEOPLE; Friends of PSJ Primary School; Peter Pan Pre-School; Oldfield Park Pre-School and South Wraxall & District Working Men’s Club.
For more information see the Bath Building Society online.
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