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Prize-winning projects

2 November 2009

It’s a good feeling to have hard work rewarded, and the last couple of months have seen several BIG-funded groups pick up awards for their projects.

Last Saturday, Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Hammersmith won the prestigous Stirling Prize for architecture. Designed by architect Richard Rogers, the building has been described as a ‘home from home’ for people receiving treatment for cancer and a welcome sanctuary.
BIG is proud to be part of the centre’s programme of support, after awarding a £430,000 Reaching Communities grant to help fund essential services, classes and therapies.

Then there’s Tender, who use drama and education to promote healthy relationships between young people, based on equality and respect.

Their Trust Project, a creative approach to tackling domestic violence, recently won a London Community Cashback award. Community Cashback is a new scheme in England and Wales giving local people a say in how £4 million of recovered criminal assets, such as confiscated cash or property, should be spent in their communities.

Last but not least, London’s Tower Hamlets Summer University hit the jackpot at the National Lottery Awards last month, winning the Best Education category for their year-round programme of free educational and vocational courses for 11 to 25-year-olds. The awards recognise the difference Lottery-funded projects make to communities across the UK.

The University’s executive director, Sarah Davies, said: ”It is an absolute honour to have won this award. Our Lottery funding has enabled us to make a real difference to the young people who come through our doors.”

Do you know of a project in your community that deserves to be recognised? Why not put them in the spotlight by telling us why they deserve a mention.

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