A HUDDERSFIELD community organisation has scooped a top award.
Social entrepreneurs Fresh Horizons – who have created jobs and set up community projects – have won the Yorkshire and Humber Social Enterprise of the Year award.
It recognises their work creating new opportunities with the community in Deighton.
Fresh Horizons beat strong competition from other social enterprises across the region for their commitment to creating jobs in one of the most socially deprived areas of Yorkshire.
They were also praised for their help in highly-successful events like the colourful Deighton Carnival, now in its 11th year.
The judges were impressed by Fresh Horizon’s ability to efficiently run community centres across Kirklees and to bring in millions of pounds of funding to kick-start local projects.
The award also recognised their construction team, which uses local people to work on community projects like renovating derelict properties, and their Safer Homes programme that helps more than 1,000 victims of burglary each year make their homes more secure.
Fresh Horizons began with two employees in 2002 and now employs nearly 70 people, most of whom have been recruited from the local community.
The project’s managing director Mike McCusker said: “Fresh Horizons is absolutely delighted to win this prestigious regional award which not only rewards the amazing achievements of our staff team but is also a recognition of the way the people of Deighton and Brackenhall have supported us from day one.
“When you see an event like the Deighton carnival, where the community comes together to celebrate its pride in their own achievements, that was clearly a huge factor in winning this award.”