Hall shortlisted for top UK award

Aberporth Village Hall Committee have been named a finalist in the UK Social Enterprise Awards, recognising businesses which are transforming society

They have been shortlisted in the UK Social Enterprise Award, recognising them as one of the leading social enterprises in the country.

The charity is a finalist in the Transformative Community Business Category.  Over the past two years the committee have developed the Heart of the Community project which will redevelop the village hall to become a warm and welcoming community hub. The old hall has been demolished with building work set to start after Christmas. Projects such as the community fridge, community garden and a digital club are already running from the charity’s other building Canolfan Dyffryn.

The £1.1m project has attracted funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, the Welsh Government’s Community Facilities Programme plus Ceredigion County Council and Aberporth Community Council.

The hall committee raises money from the village car parks plus room hire = which is all ploughed back into the charity. The committee are putting in £150k towards the project.

The UK Social Enterprise Awards run by Social Enterprise UK, the national membership body for social enterprises, recognise the nation’s most pioneering social enterprises. Aberporth Village Hall will be joining other shortlisted organisations at the prestigious awards ceremony held at London’s iconic Guildhall on 8 December.

Commenting on being shortlisted hall committee chairman Mike Harwood said: “The hall committee has worked tremendously hard to make the Heart of the Community project a reality. Everything we do is for our community and we are delighted to be recognised in this way.”

Commenting on the Awards, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK Peter Holbrook said:

The UK Social Enterprise Awards are back, bigger and better than ever before. We have had a record number of applications this year, all of which have showcased the strength, dynamism and resilience of the social enterprise community through what’s been an incredibly difficult and uncertain period.

Over the course of the pandemic social enterprises have been going above and beyond the call of duty to support their teams, the individuals, and communities they work with, showing the grit, determination and innovation so inherent to this sector. They’ve been operating directly on the frontline of the crisis, launching new products and pivoting their business models to meet the needs of communities and society as a whole.

The Awards are all about celebrating the achievements of the UK’s social enterprise movement, which is showing us that another way of doing business is possible - one which has never been more important as we look to build back better and address the climate emergency.”