Two Diocesan projects to be presented with the Duke of York’s Community Initiative award

12th February 2018

It has been announced that two Duke of York Community Initiative Awards will be made within the diocese. The Doncaster Minster Literacy Project and the Friends of Rotherham Church on the Bridge will both be presented with awards at a ceremony to be held at Sheffield Cathedral on 24 April.

Doncaster Minster started to run its English Literacy Project a little over 2 years ago and supports migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees and others who would like to improve their English language skills.

The volunteer-led project is free to access and is an informal learning environment which is able to respond to people with all levels of English. Volunteer teachers – some of whom are highly skilled, retired teachers – assist people at whichever level they are and other native English speakers can help on a one to one or one to two basis as well.

The project is for adults, with learners attending from China, Thailand, Albania, Slovakia, Poland, Pakistan, Eritrea, Kuwait, Bahrain, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, Ghana, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

The Duke of York’s Community Initiative is a Royal Award presented to community projects based in Yorkshire and recognise excellence in voluntary work.  The schemes should be of real value to the community, well run and an inspiration to others. It is given for a period of 5 years to projects and offers the following benefits;

  • Royal recognition of excellence
  • Use of the Royal logo which enhances fundraising credibility
  • Promotion of organisational pride
  • Business management support through workshops, mentoring and networking
  • Access to an in-house funding stream

The award ceremony is on 24 April at Sheffield Cathedral, with the Duke of York in attendance.

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