Double Accolade for Solihull Enterprise in High Sheriff Awards

CSCM have been supporting the Birmingham based organisation         Gro-Organic for quite a while now and we really admire the fantastic work they do in the local community.

Therefore we are keen to share their latest achievement as they have won TWO National awards for their valuable services to the Solihull Community.

Full Story Below - Well Done Gro-Organic!

A Chelmsley Wood based Social Enterprise were invited to the West Midlands High Sheriff's annual dinner on Tuesday 5th March and scooped 2 National awards for their “great and valuable services to the Solihull community” and the appreciation of local residents for their "activity and contribution in enhancing the lives of local people".

Gro-Organic attended the prestigious occasion held at St Martins Church in Birmingham which recognised the individuals and organisations who have been inspirational over the last 12 months and beyond, across the whole of the West Midlands.

After a series of visits to the community projects Gro-Organic deliver, the High Sheriffs office nominated them for their "ability to engage with and create positive outcomes for some of the boroughs most hardest to reach residents". In particular, they were noted for their innovative approach in providing volunteering opportunities for residents who have been in long term unemployment to gain the confidence and skills to move closer to the world of work. Gro-Organic enable residents facing multiple barriers to work alongside their landscaping teams in outdoor classrooms, transforming crime hot spots into thriving community gardens and pocket parks, enabling them to gain accreditations in carpentry, garden maintenance and horticulture along the way. Their work has seen over 30 long term unemployed residents secure employment or college placements in the last 12 months. As a result, they were invited to Downing Street to share their community learning model and were praised for enabling over 250 volunteers to take part in green space projects.

Gro-Organic were also highly commended by the PCC and won the National "Crimebeat Award" for their outstanding contribution in "helping reduce crime in Solihull and creating a safer community". They were given special recognition for their Summer Arts College program which enabled 7 young repeat offenders to take part in community projects on a full timetable over 3 weeks, enabling six participants to gain the equivalent of a GCSE. Their innovative approach of creating a programme that combined education, community action, restorative justice and art was a unique combination that achieved outstanding results. One participant who was excluded from school, won a National Award for his achievements in the program and was invited to the 2019 Youth Justice Convention as a result of the initiative.

Michael Forbes COO and Youth Mentor of Gro-Organic said “We were so honoured to receive these prestigious awards. Unfortunately knife crime is dominating the press both Nationally and locally and the focus is often centred around deprived or disadvantaged communities. Time and time again residents and young people in north Solihull have proven that given the opportunity, guidance & leadership, they absolutely lead the way in transforming their communities. With the recent cuts in community led provision, which in the past have been vital for communities to thrive, local people are turning to trusted grass roots organisations like us for help, where they are believed in and have the support and mentoring which enables them to reach their true potential"

If you would like to find out more about the work of Gro-Organic please email community@gro-organic.co.uk or visit our website www.gro-organic.co.uk

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