COMMUNITY AWARDS: Dedication and effort recognised

David Bruce, front, pictured with volunteers, supporters and visitors to the New Life community centre's family connect group 'Stepping Stones'.

David Bruce, front, pictured with volunteers, supporters and visitors to the New Life community centre's family connect group 'Stepping Stones'.

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A community worker who runs a vital support hub in Spilsby has been recognised for his dedication in helping people from all walks of life.

Under the leadership of David Bruce, the New Life Centre has been providing support for various members of the community for the last four years.

From craft clubs for those with mental health problems, to connecting families living in social isolation - those who visit the centre are sure of a warm welcome and friendly support.

David’s efforts, and that of his team, were recognised at an awards ceremony held by Lincolnshire Community Voluntary Service (LCVS) on Friday.

Although David was pipped to the post in the category of ‘All-round Commitment to Health and Wellbeing’ - he said the nomination alone highlights the dedication of his team.

“It’s definitely great to have been nominated,” said centre manager David, 33. “It shows the tremendous effort from the whole team.

“We have 37 volunteers from the local community and three part-time paid employees.

“This award nomination is for everybody in our team, not just me. We have such a great team and we wouldn’t be able to do anything without their support.”

The centre, in New Life Church, Church Street, was opened in Spilsby four years ago and is now open four days a week.

It runs several projects including the town’s food bank, the youth club, and several weekly sessions where people can get together with others for support and a chance to socialise or simply enjoy music or a film. They also work with a variety of agencies at the site - enabling residents to get access to a variety of information and support, in anything from housing issues, to debt management.

Praising David and his team, LCVS said he had created support and social sessions for a wide range of needs, ‘bringing in the appropriate service professionals and creating the ideal environment for people to flourish’.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, held at Blackfriars Theatre, Boston, David added: “It’s just fantastic to see the community come together to support each other - and we do get tremendous support from local businesses so we are very grateful to them.”

For more information on the New Life Centre visit the facebook group www.face
book.com/newlifespilsby.