Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Your Community”

Sheffield Faith Action Audit in partnership with Cinnamon Network.

Serving the people of Sheffield

The venue was Sheffield Cathedral and on Monday 18th June, three representatives from the Sheffield Jesus Centre were invited to attend, for the awards and results of the 1st Sheffield Faith Action Audit.

Steven Collier-Ellen, Trustee, Jamie Greenhough, Service Development Manager, and Chris Smith, Chair of the Management Committee were invited.

The Cathedral was looking beautiful, with tables decorated in lime green and white with matching flowers. We had a great opportunity to network amongst others there. Many faiths and Christian denominations took part in the audit and attended the event. There were representatives from the Muslim, Sikh and Hindu faiths, and from Sheffield’s Somalian community, and from the Roman Catholic Church too!

Our hosts, Ben Woollard and Sandi Keene, who presented and made sure everything run to time, were brilliant.

After the introductions, the hosts took turns in explaining the reasons for the audit and some of their discoveries of the great work done and dedication shown by agencies and churches within Sheffield. Through the national research carried out in 2015 and 2016, it was discovered that the contribution of churches and other faith groups across the country is worth more than £3 billion to society. That is a huge indication of the totally amazing work that is achievable through volunteers’ contribution to society.

It is work that is carried out by the good people of Sheffield who want to make a positive difference to the lives of other and the City as a whole.

The Sheffield Jesus Centre is just one of the faith based groups that were nominated at the awards. It was a huge honour just to be nominated and to be at the Cathedral together with so many others who we have not previously engaged with, to open doors to more networking with other agencies and faith groups. It was absolutely brilliant when we were called out to receive an award for the work that we have, and still do, here at the Sheffield Jesus Centre.

Jamie, our new Services Development Manager, went forwrad to collect the award from the High Sheriff of the City. I do feel that this is going to inspire us here at the Centre to eventually develop more services, open longer, and continue to serve the people of this great City.

(Steven Collier-Ellen)

Published 24th June 2018

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