Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Outstanding Social Enterprise Award

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Outstanding Social Enterprise Award

Article excerpt

WINNER Five Lamps delivers an integrated range of social, economic and financial inclusion services through which it seeks to transform lives. It reaches 25,000 socially and financially excluded individuals across the North East and Yorkshire.

Over the past year it has provided free breakfasts in school holidays to more than 200 young people, helped elderly people to remain independent in their own homes by delivering 1,000 hours of domiciliary care each week, helped tackle social isolation in the elderly by providing a lunch club every Tuesday, and helped tackle social isolation in young people by delivering four evenings of youth clubs each week. Two nights a week for young people with disabilities, one night for young children and one night for 10 to 19-year-olds. Through the Trading Company Conduit, in the last 12 months they have provided more than 7,000 loans to customers who may have gone to doorstep lenders or loan sharks, saving them more than PS230 per loan in interest payments.

Chair Pat Chambers said: "I'm so proud to be here. I've been involved with Five Lamps for nine years and am passionate about social and financial inclusion. We're very enterprising ourselves, we employ 120 people and it's amazing to be creating all these jobs, as well as helping so many people in our community. We couldn't do it without the wonderful workforce we have and our amazing volunteers."

HIGHLY COMMENDED Beacon of Light The Beacon of Light is home to Sunderland AFC official charity, Foundation of Light. In its first year of trading, the public sports facility has welcomed an average of more than 6,000 people a week through its doors. It has become a hive of community activity with a range of sports clubs regularly using the facilities.

The Beacon has several initiatives aimed at getting the older generation active, including walking football, walking netball and a social club for the over 55s. …

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