New Heights Community Project in Kingstanding, Birmingham is the latest winner of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Big Society Award.
The accolade recognises and celebrates individuals, groups or organisations doing exceptional work in their community and going above and beyond to make things better for others.
David Cameron said: “I’m delighted to be recognising the achievements of everyone involved with the New Heights project with this Big Society Award.
“By creating a space for local people to come together to get new skills, access support and socialise, New Heights has become an important part of making a community everyone can be proud of.”
Doreen Mooney, Community Development Coordinator for the charity said that since the Centre opened three years ago it had become a real focal point with almost 40 services and activities supporting families, children, the elderly, sick and carers.
“Advice, guidance and training is also available from our fantastic and dedicated team of volunteers.
“Many people have said that New Heights is their lifeline. Our doors are open to help anyone and we are all very proud to receive this award,” she added.
Doreen will visit Downing Street in June for the official presentation.
The 360sqm multi-purpose centre adjacent to Christ the King Catholic Church in Warren Farm Road, was designed by Lichfield-based architects Brownhill Hayward Brown who incorporated a range of sustainable energy sources including solar and ground source heat, and high specification insulation to dramatically reduce carbon footprint and running costs.
Mark Williams, director of Brownhill Hayward Brown said: “We are delighted to have played a part in advising on sustainable energy options for such an important and successful community project which is managed by the community for the benefit of the community.”
The £600,000 New Heights Community Centre project was funded by a variety of donations including a major grant from The Big Lottery. Other business which contributed include; Veolia Environmental Trust, Biffaward, Wren, Henry Smith Charity, Clothworkers, Building Research Establishment, Garfield Weston, Eveson Trust and Christ the King parishioners.