Services to the Community finalists - Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards 2015
PUBLISHED: 10:37 27 August 2015 | UPDATED: 12:15 27 August 2015
With record numbers of votes received from the people of Surrey, competition has been fierce during the third Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards. But with our judging panel having deliberated long and hard to whittle down the thousands of nominations, here we bring you this year's hotly-anticipated shortlist of the finalists - and what it means to them...
Services to the Community finalists
Sponsored by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors
The Clink Charity, Sutton and Send
We’re extremely proud. When The Clink Restaurant opened at HMP High Down in 2009, it was just the start of what is now an incredibly powerful rehabilitation programme. We now have four restaurants operating within UK prisons, offering prisoners a second chance and an opportunity to break the cycle of crime. I hope people voted for us because they recognise the positive effect we have on the reoffending rates of our graduates as well as the community who is often affected by recidivism.
Sutton Community Farm, Sutton
We are absolutely delighted. Over the last five years, our staff and volunteers have worked incredibly hard to transform seven acres of unused land, into a vibrant, community-owned farm. It’s a joy to supply local food to the community, that’s healthy for people and the environment. This has been the driving force that brings our community together and we’re grateful for everyone’s contributions; from our fabulous volunteers, to our customers and the local schools, groups and businesses that come to help on the farm.
Woking Foodbank, Woking
We were amazed to hear that we had been nominated. Woking Foodbank is a community project which provides emergency food to Individuals and families who find themselves in crisis and unable to feed themselves. Food is donated by people, local, businesses and churches and is then distributed by volunteers working at three centres across Woking to those in need, following a referral from a frontline care professional. Since the foodbank opened in January 2014, we have provided food to around 1,450 adults and 800 children across Woking.
Headline sponsor: Huntington House and Langham Court care homes
Venue partner: Foxhills
Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards Night 2015: Thursday September 10