'Shabang!' wins £1,000 prize draw


Shabang Inclusive Learning charity in Slaithwaite is the winner of this year’s £1000 Project Impact Survey Prize Draw! The AHF would like to pass a big thank you to all of our clients who completed the survey.  The responses will enable us to identify improvements in the services and advice we provide and help us to continue to support community organisations / social enterprises to the highest possible standards.

Creating resources and positive social experiences for children with additional needs, Shabang Inclusive Learning delivers a series of activities focused around family time, arts and crafts, parent training, and children’s communication needs. 

In 2017, charity operators Kim Reuter and Russ Elias purchased the Providence Baptist Chapel, a Grade II listed building in Slaithwaite, intending to refurbish the chapel as an activity space and support facility for Shabang and the wider community. Erected in 1816, the Chapel stood in use until August 2016, by which time the congregation consisted of one family. The restoration project was renamed “Project Providence”, referencing the chapel’s name.

Helping to drive the project’s momentum, the AHF granted a project viability grant of £7,500 in March 2018. Kim Reuter informed the AHF that to date, repairs and restorative work is ongoing while the pre-planning and architect plans are being finalised.

Kim noted that the £1,000 ”is an amazing boost for us, we are a small local organisation embarking on an enormously ambitious project so winning the prize draw is not only a huge help financially but also feels like a really good omen as we move to the next stage of development. “

Congratulations to Shabang! Inclusive Learning and good luck to Project Providence!