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Inspire Awards 2012: unsung local heroes to be honoured in Parliament

Inspiring Christians will once again be celebrated for being good news in their communities at an awards ceremony in Parliament today (Thursday 29 November) ...

Inspiring Christians will once again be celebrated for being good news in their communities at an awards ceremony in Parliament today (Thursday 29 November).

The 2012 Inspire Awards, in partnership with Evangelical Alliance will be taking place in the Palace of Westminster and nine entrants have been shortlisted in three categories: Inspiring Individual, Inspiring Project and Inspiring Children's Youth Initiative.

They will join MPs and special guests at the awards ceremony.

Among the shortlisted candidates are those bringing hope in some of the country's most deprived areas, working with ex-offenders and asylum seekers, and communicating the gospel to young people through music and rap.

Russ Bravo, editor of Inspire, said: "In this fourth year of the Inspire Awards, I'm continually encouraged by the creative, compassionate and faith-fuelled contributions from Christians around the UK to their local communities. 

"It's a telling reminder that the Church across Britain is alive and well, and seeing lives changed for the better. We hope this small selection of the thousands of projects and initiatives being worked out day by day will inspire others to see how their passion and vision can transform lives, and so change our world for good and for God."

Steve Clifford, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, said: "We first got involved with the Inspire Awards in 2011 and were overwhelmed and heartened by hearing of how Christian individuals and organisations are doing amazing work in their local communities.

"It will once again be an honour to celebrate the community transformation we are so passionate about as Christians."


Inspiring individual

Gordon Cochrane: Organises community events in his home town of Harrow.

Steve and Chrissie Croucher: Ministering to hurting and broken people on the streets of Bournemouth.

Mike Hulcoop, Aylesbury: Runs a money management centre at his church in Aylesbury.

Inspiring project

Hope into Action, Peterborough: Helping the vulnerable in the community, particularly ex-offenders.

Restart, Stoke: Supporting ex-offenders.

Thrive Team (Innovista), Oxford: Relational work in one of the most deprived parts of the county.

Inspiring children's/youth initiative

K2 and Kube, Colchester: Youth and children’s work run by Keith and Karen Barrett.

Make Jesus Known (MJK), Oldham: Reaching out to young people through music, life stories and talks.

Wirral YFC: Identifying local ‘youth heroes’ through their Youth Awards Event

Home page photo: Lifeline Church, Essex, who won the 2011 Inspiring Church award

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