Luton's Best Awards 2013 - Runners-up - Leisure and Culture & Community Project of the Year

High Hats - Community Project run by Caroline Wallace from Luton Cultures Community Engagement Team were runners-up in two categories, at the Luton's Best Awards 2013. For Leisure and Culture and also Community Project of the year. This project has been part of  High Town Regeneration and this shop has been extremley well recieved by both shop owners and shoppers alike , attracting customers from outside of the town aswell as local. Caroline Wallace ( Project Manager) Jacqui Harding ( Community Engagement Team) Liz Aldous ( Volunteer ) Christine Clay ( Volunteer ) were there to collect the awards.


Luton's Best Awards 2013 - Winners -  Community Project of the Year

On November 28th 2013 NCS Take the Leap won the award for Community Project of the Year at the Luton's Best Awards. The awards evening took place at Luton Hoo. This award was for the whole of the NCS Take the Leap 2012 project. A government funded project run by Luton Culture's Community engagement Team, with over 160 young people designing and delivering 16 social action projects around Luton. The young people gave over 6000 hours of voluntary time to their communites. There to pick up the award were Fahim Qureshi ( Project Manager ) Jacqui Harding ( Project Co-ordinator ) Sadiqul Choudhury ( Team Mentor ) and Tooba Qureshi ( Student Team member )  


Community Awards 2013 - Winners of Community Project of the Year

In September 2013 our NCS team  attended the Community Awards Ceremony at Venue Central in Luton.  We were lucky enough to win the Community Project of the Year. This was for the conservation project  that a team of young people aged 16-18 ran over a 4 week period. This included making bat boxes, insect hotels, planting trees and running a family day up at Stockwood to raise awareness of  bat conservation. they ran up at Stockwood Discovery Centre. Jameel Bostan ( Team Member )  and Jacqui Harding ( Project Co-ordinator) collected the trophy on behalf of the team.


Community Awards 2013 - Highly Commended, Community Project of the Year

In 2013 Re-Created came runners up in the Community Project of the Year category, for their project Vardo Art. Working with both a traditional gypsy artist and truck artist from Pakistan, Re-Created decorated a traditional gypsy living wagon. The group created an exhibition and various community events to showcase their work.


Community Awards 2012 - Winner of Community Project of the Year

In 2012 Re-Created were awarded winners of the Community Project of the Year for their international project Boater Barter. Taking inspiration from a Nigerian's Chiefs hat in the Museum's collection, which had been traded for a straw boater, Re-Created initiated their own hat trades. With the Olympic Games taking place in London, Re-Created wrote to all competing teams and asked to trade a traditional Luton made straw boater for a traditional hat representing each country. Over fifteen hats were exchanged and included hats worn in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games as well hats from previous Olympic Games.


Community Awards 2012 - Highly Commended, Community Project of the Year

In 2012 NCS Take the Leap were awarded a highly commended award for their social action projects around the town. Over 100 young people aged 15 and 16 spent their 6 week summer holiday giving time to their communities arund Luton.


Lutons Best Awards 2012 - Runner-up, Environmental Achievement

A team of 8 young people working on the Take the Leap project , cleared a piece of land at Futures House in Marsh Farm , Luton. They cleared the land of 4ft weeds and grasses, replanted plants and bulbs, made insect hotels and made the space  comfortable for local people to sit and relax in. All this was achieved in 5 days of planning and building materials and  5 days of hard work.