Stoves Community Kitchens attracts hundreds of nominations

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A community projects fund, launched last year by British cooking appliance brand Stoves, has been inundated with hundreds of entries in its second year.

The £20,000 Stoves Community Kitchens campaign aims to place the kitchen at the heart of local communities by helping projects to transform their kitchen facilities.

Eckington Boys and BellesThis year in excess of 200 nominations were received from community projects across the country making the shortlisting process extremely difficult for the judges, who included industry experts and representatives from Stoves’ parent company Glen Dimplex Home Appliances (GDHA).

Among the shortlisted projects is a women’s centre; a residents association; parent accommodation for the families of sick and premature babies and a unique recreation centre which provides trampolining, rebound therapy and soft/sensory play for disabled children.

GDHA managing director Jonathan Casley said: “We launched the Stoves Community Kitchens initiative last year and found ourselves inundated with entries. What this demonstrated to us is that food preparation really is at the heart of community projects and access to a kitchen can be a lifeline for vulnerable members of society.

“We had a very difficult job selecting this year’s shortlist as we received some fantastic entries.  I hope people will get behind these local projects and vote for their favourite.”

The public vote, conducted via the Stoves Facebook page (http://wshe.es/gaVOOxeV ) is open until May 3 2016.

The projects which receive the most votes will then be awarded bronze, silver and gold prize packages, worth between £2,000 and £5,000.

Stoves Community Kitchens Shortlist- April 2016

Project Name

 

Description

 

Sheffield Hospitals Charity  – Jessops Neonatal ICU Funds parent accommodation for families who have premature or extremely sick babies that are receiving lifesaving treatment in the Jessop Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
 

The Vine Centre

 

Centre striving to develop a kitchen to train unemployed (18+) and homeless young adults.  The Centre also serves 3000 meals per day as day and night shelter.

 

Ecton Golden Oldies

 

Arranges regular events for the elderly community to ensure they have everything they need and are given a proper meal.

 

Eckington Boys and Belles Junior Football Club

 

21 sports teams catering for over 200 children ages 4-19, particularly helping children suffering from economic deprivation and anti-social behaviour.

G52 Community Group (Bellies not Bins) Sources free fresh fruit, veg and other produce which is cooked and prepared for approximately 100 struggling residents living in poverty.
 

Annadale Haywood Residents Association

 

Community centre leading a cohesion programme for all minorities within the community promoting equality and diversity, as well as youth clubs, training opportunities, housing advice and more.

 

Rotherham Rise

 

Women and girls wellbeing centre, providing specialist holistic support, empowering activities, and social and leisure provisions for girls affected by domestic/sexual abuse.

 

Jump Space

 

Unique recreation centre which provides trampolining, rebound therapy and soft/sensory play to disabled children and young people, as well as respite for their families.

 

Lancashire Women’s Centres

 

Supporting women facing multiple disadvantages, poor mental health and debt, offering counselling and therapeutic and employment support.

 

Seaforth Information Network Group

 

Initiatives for users from 0-101 years old, providing free meals to children from low income families, hosting over 50’s visually impaired group, and more.

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