Southside Family Project enjoyed an award-winning week with a Bath Life Award and Volunteer of the Year for one of our Family Champions.
Bath Life Awards
Southside was honoured to win the Bath Life Awards Charity Award with Bath City Farm, our close neighbour and partner in Twerton. The judges said: “Southside Family Project deals with sensitive serious issues in a highly caring, supportive way. It’s an unsung hero which puts all its resources into supporting each individual and family.”
This recognition helps to raise the profile of the need and work that both charities do together and with our local communities. We love working with Bath City Farm through our Farm Community Hub and Family Feasts projects, and look forward to our 2019 joint Family Fun Day on 29th June.
Volunteer of the Year
We were also so proud that Hayley Wallace was named ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the 2019 Bath & North East Somerset Council Community Awards in the same week.
Hayley has been involved with Southside for four years. Since completing her Family Champion training, Hayley has set up a Stay and Play group in Foxhill, launched a new Community Hub Group with Bath City Farm and has started a Youth Project in Foxhill. Together with fellow Family Champions, Hayley established Community Unity Bath and secured funding for new services. She is consulting with local young people, with the Young Advocates, to ensure the new youth project delivers what young people need and want.
Hayley is also studying for a Level 4 Qualification in Working with Complex Families. Thanks to Hayley, and all our Family Champions, for their inspirational dedication, hard work and energy. They use their personal experience to influence change; shape and develop new services; provide valuable insight; and support other local families. Our thanks to St John's Foundation for funding this training and to Quartet Community Foundation for supporting the training of new Family Champions in 2019 through the Tampon Tax Community Fund.