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AWARDS FOR LONDON COMMUNITY PROJECTS

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The Lord Mayor of London's Dragon Awards scheme is 'breathing fire into community projects', rewarding firms who em...
The Lord Mayor of London's Dragon Awards scheme is 'breathing fire into community projects', rewarding firms who employ their know-how to improve inner-city life, the Times (p33) reports, after the winners in each of the seven categories were announced.

The Community Regeneration award went to the NatWest Group, which has committed over£50m to community ventures over the last five years, and works through its charitable trust with over 30 partners in the Young People and Changing World of Work project. Successful examples include provision of loans and support for disadvantaged black youths in Bristol, and training people with learning difficulties to undertake voluntary social work at a community centre in north London.

The Employee Community Involvement award went to BT Personal Communication Division for its company-to-community 'mentoring' scheme which aims at encouraging young people to recognise and define their interests and to use them to pursue educational and career interests, through secondary schools.

The London Partnership award went to John Laing plc and Grand Metropolitan for the Tenants Resource Centre, opened in Chester in 1995. It is the first residential centre in the UK to provide training, resources and communications for housing associations and tenants organisations.

The Special Certificate for the best entry nominated by a community organisation went to the Peckham Partnership, which includes Southwark LBC, businesses and tenants associations. The partnership is dedicated to maximising the number of local people receiving training in the building trade and securing work on site.
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