Community Spirit Awards 2015: Giving addicts a new path in life

Halifax Courier Community Spirit Awards 2015 at Berties, Elland. Social Enterprise Award. From the left, host Clare Frisby, winners from Project Colt, Paul Brannigan, Susan Kerton, Mary Spencer and sponsor Steve Duncan from the Community Foundation for Calderdale.
Halifax Courier Community Spirit Awards 2015 at Berties, Elland. Social Enterprise Award. From the left, host Clare Frisby, winners from Project Colt, Paul Brannigan, Susan Kerton, Mary Spencer and sponsor Steve Duncan from the Community Foundation for Calderdale.

social enterprise sponsored by community foundation for calderdale

Our social enterprise award recognises an organisation that exists to address a social need - reinvesting profit or surplus from trading activity to achieve its social mission.

The fantastic work of Project Colt is easy to see.

Based at Bridgefield Mills, Elland, Project Colt is a registered charity and social enterprise which sells and recycles used, second hand furniture.

It generates funds to support people with addiction problems, helping them to recover and setting them on the path to live happy and profitable lives.

All the profits from anything people buy from Project Colt go to this extremely worthwhile cause.

Mary Spencer, director, said: “As a group we were absolutely delighted, it was a great encouragement for us.

“The volunteers and staff work extremely hard.”

But their work doesn’t stop there - it also works with the Probation Service to supervise community service placements, helping to rehabiltate offenders and giving them tools to put something back into their community.

Happy Days Cycles was also nominated for this category,