South East and London

Meet the finalists from the South East and London

This is the first time the Awards this year were being held nationally and the energy in the room on the night was fantastic, with some amazing and moving stories being shared.


Name of Project

Community Building

Lark in the Park Sidcup

A community event provided by churches in Sidcup. It takes place during the summer holidays and provides kids' clubs, youth activities, fun days, creative zone, over 60s venue, community action projects, evening events and much more.


Kingston Winter Night Shelter

Kingston Winter Night Shelter provided an open access night shelter for homeless from September to end of January, and a limited access night shelter amongst churches for February to March.


The Lunch Club

The Lunch Club has grown from preparing and serving 30 meals a week to 300. The whole project is organised and facilitated solely by a team of volunteers from the church and some beneficiaries who want to say thank you by giving back.


The project model has the capacity to be duplicated and was developed out of a need to do something practical to serve those hardest hit by austerity cuts, universal credit and the housing crisis.


It would be great to raise the profile of the project, particularly as it would like to expand and purchase a food van so a mobile service could be facilitated. This is an excellent example of the church partnering with local businesses to benefit the community whilst having a positive impact on the environment.

Older People

The Centre, Verney Close, Buckingham

The Centre is run as a separate entity from Buckingham Parish Church (which birthed it) to be Christ's 'hands and feet' in the community. Situated in the heart of Buckingham it has become the 'go-to' place for those on the margins. Every week-day mornings it operates a 'tea and chat' service where the elderly gather for free tea, coffee and lots of chatting with the volunteers.

Other groups also run support groups for those struggling with Alzheimer and dementia, and gentle exercise classes for the elderly and physically challenged. It has become a vital part of the community's support network and is much loved by those who use it.

Older People

Ageless Teenagers 

The project provide events and activities for senior citizens, including a monthly Caribbean tea party. The group started off with 28 people and they have had over 300 members in 18 months. They also encourage intergenerational events inviting children from local schools. The slogan for the project is

'Using our past to build our future'. The project is run by Mr Weininger Irwin and his wife Janice. They rely on volunteers and donations and have subsidised activities financially themselves.  

Social Justice

Safehaven Women

Safehaven Women restores dignity to disadvantaged women on the streets in Hastings by providing a loving welcome, lunch, clothes, conversation, crafts, hairdressing and beauty treatments.

Work with the Disadvantaged

'The Source' run by Barking Churches Unite

Drop in support centre for anybody in need in Barking (East London, providing every service free including buffet meals (using repurposed short dated food), postal address, support, referrals and sign posting to other services. A place of peace and safety where everybody has value and respect.


Work with the Disadvantaged

Liberty Tea Rooms

A community hub and tea rooms run mainly by local Christian volunteers providing tea, food and a friendly ear to listen.

Youth and Children's Work

Daniel's Den

Daniel's Den is a parent and toddler charity whose mission is to encourage and enrich family life in order to build stronger communities.

Youth and Children's Work


A charity working in partnership with Wokingham and Bracknell schools to give young people the space they need when they are under pressure.

Here are a few pictures from the night and some of our Finalists going on to the finals later in the year (October) in London.

Browse through the pictures of Love Britain + Ireland events in other regions here


The Love Britain + Ireland Award for...

  • Community Building
    Awarded to an outstanding project building relationships with people and communities of different faiths.
  • Work with the Disadvantaged
    Awarded to an outstanding project reaching and supporting people struggling in our communities.
  • Inclusion
    Awarded to an outstanding project supporting and serving people with additional needs.
  • Start up projects
    Awarded to an outstanding project which has been launched since 1st October 2016.  
  • Work with Older People
    Awarded to an outstanding project serving and supporting older people in the local community.
  • Social Justice
    Awarded to an outstanding project which has sought to bring about a real change in community life through a local campaign
  • Youth and Children's Work
    Awarded to an outstanding project that is transforming the lives of children and young people in a local community.