| SUCCESS AT EAST MIDLANDS HERITAGE AWARDS 2015
Another spectacular night of awards success for Swannington Heritage Trust, with the Trust scooping two out of the six awards. The Trust won the:
HEART OF THE COMMUNITY award for the Swannington - Surrounded by Heritage project comprising partnerships with local groups such as the art classes, women's institute, schools and Whitwick U3A. The judges comments were: Judges impressed by range of activities developed and the number of organisations and individuals engaged with the Trust. Local people were inspired to participate. 27% increase in visitors The Trust's profile, visitors, membership and volunteering have all increased.
JUDGES SPECIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE - this was based on the Trust's entries for three categories. Judges comments . The range of innovative community involvement projects carried out by such a small group of volunteers was fantastic.
In addition to the above the Trust was shortlisted for:
AWARD FOR INNOVATION - The Judges also said the following about 'Swannington
Before the War' project:
This project demonstrated that Swannington Heritage Trust had a genuine 'can do' approach which should be applauded. They had recognised that the local community wasnít engaging with the site and developed a great very local community project to address this. Active way of saying we need to connect with our local community and this is how we are going to do it.
ENGAGING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AWARD - The Judges felt that 'Heritage is Fun' was a very diverse programme of activities that were great for young people and demonstrated a range of ideas.