Three groups from the Ripon area have been presented with prestigious Duke of York’s Community Initiative awards.
Representatives from Jennyruth Workshops at Bridge Hewick, the Walled Garden scheme in Ripon and the North Stainley 50 Club – a village community support club – were among just 40 groups receiving the prestigious awards from Prince Andrew at a special luncheon at Bridlington Spa’s Royal Hall yesterday (Thursday).
The awards are presented annually to a small number of Yorkshire-based organisations that having been subjected to rigorous and robust scrutiny and deemed “of real value to the community, well run and an inspiration to others.”
Denise Carrigan, operations manager at Jennyruth Workshops, a social enterprise, said: “We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award and will be proud to display it on our literature. We all feel proud to be recognised for the contribution that we make to the community.”
As well as celebrations in the workshop to mark the award, four people travelled to Bridlington to represent Jennyruth: workshop supervisor Tony Wood, trustee and parent of two of the workers Lindsay Allen, and two workshop workers – Daniel Allen and Jonathan Evason.
At Jennyruth Workshops, adults who have a learning disability gain confidence, independence, life-skills and work experience.
Founded in 2004, it is a vibrant and challenging work place where workers are trained in a wide-variety of skills, including woodwork, painting, metalwork, sewing and office/admin work.
Fellow winner North Stainley 50 Club was established in December 2009 to bring the local community together and to support village projects and groups, particularly those involving children and young people.
It supports the village school, junior cricket, the Brownies, the mother and toddler group and provides plaques, certificates and funding to recognise talented and hard-working children and young people and support those who are considered disadvantaged.
The Walled Garden scheme, based on Palace Road in Ripon, provides horticultural training for adults with learning disabilities as well as work experience placements for the students of nearby Springhill School.
The Duke of York Community Initiative Awards were established in 1998.