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Posted 27 November 2018

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Viking Centre wins national community award

The Viking Centre, based in Barton on Humber has won a national award for their commitment to improving the local community and making the Caistor Road estate a better place to live.

The Viking Centre won the Best Community Project on a Social Housing Estate award in the Groundwork Community Awards at a national awards ceremony hosted by the charity in the Houses of Parliament.

Groundwork, a national charity who works across the UK to support communities to change places and change lives, launched its awards in 2017 to honour small community groups making a big difference to everyone’s quality of life and to celebrate and reward groups who often get little recognition and support. 

A small group of staff and the local community have worked hard to challenge criminal behaviour through a Neighbourhood Watch, raised funds for CCTV coverage and worked with the police to increase police patrols. 

Jan Williams, Head of Community Investment here at Ongo, said: “We are delighted and completely overwhelmed to have won such a fantastic award. It is a true reflection of how working together and listening to local people can make such a huge impact.

“We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved, and to the Groundwork Community Awards for giving them the recognition they deserve.”

Graham Duxbury, Groundwork’s national CEO, said:  “I’d like to congratulate The Viking Centre on winning their award and wish them every success going forward in continuing to be a positive and inspiring voice and example for local people.

“This year, we received over 600 Groundwork Community Award applications that show the positive difference that local people are making in their local towns and cities.

“The Groundwork Community Awards have provided a platform for us to celebrate the amazing work that groups across the UK are doing to make their local communities better places to live.”

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