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Crest Co-operative honoured for changing lives at Morgan Foundation Awards

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A social enterprise has been honoured for enhancing the quality of life of hundreds of North Wales residents.

Crest Co-operative in Llandudno Junction scooped a cash prize of £5, 000 at the Morgan Foundation awards and was named runner up in the Best Entrepreneurial Charity and Social Enterprise category. Staff travelled to Cheshire to take part in the ceremony earlier this month.

The awards target inspirational non-profit organisations and charities across North Wales, Merseyside, West Cheshire and North Shropshire.

Crest was established in 1998 and has since worked to support some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in North Wales. Over more than 10 years support staff at Crest, have helped more than 900 unemployed Conwy and Denbighshire residents find jobs in the local community.

Jeff Warren, assistant director at Crest Co-operative, said: “It is a great honour to be recognised in such a prestigious awards ceremony. Crest works at the heart of the community to improve the lives of local people.

“The award reflects the hard work of the dedicated team of staff at Crest and our volunteers. They are committed to improving the lives of our unemployed, disadvantaged and vulnerable service users.”

Crest has helped more than 900 people to find jobs in the local community over the last 10 years, has provided more than 60, 000 hours of voluntary work and diverted 55, 000 tonnes of re-useable waste from going to landfill.

The funds will be ploughed back into the non-profit organisation to create more work placements for the unemployed and adults with learning disabilities.

Steve Morgan, founder of the Morgan Foundation, said: “What continues to impress me is the vast amount of voluntary work that goes on in our communities and the number of people helping others.

“We recognise projects that enhance the quality of life for people in the region, particularly those suffering from disability or disadvantage,” he added.

The Wales Co-operative Centre provides advice and support to social enterprises and co-operatives, including Crest Co-operative, within the Convergence area of Wales.


Written by C Kenzie

December 5, 2011 at 11:07 am

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