Boss of Wakefield community centre in line for top business honour

Community worker Lisa Grant.
Community worker Lisa Grant.
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She is a tireless community worker who makes it her business to help people in a deprived area of West Yorkshire.

Lisa Grant has spent eight years managing a community project which helps the elderly, unemployed and disadvantaged in the Belle Vue and Agbrigg areas of Wakefield.

Now, the 43-year-old’s dedication to her work as manager of St Catherine’s Church Centre has led to a nomination for a ‘Women in Business’ award from Forward Ladies.

The awards recognise the achievements of businesswomen in the north west of England, the Isle of Man and Yorkshire and the Humber.

Lisa, who was nominated by a volunteer worker, will be attending the glittering awards ceremony at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds on November 16. She manages 20 volunteers and 13 staff members at the centre, which runs an elderly day care service for up to 30 pensioners and a work club to help unemployed people boost their skills and confidence.

The centre also runs a food bank for emergency food parcels and a community cafe used by a range of groups.

Lisa said: “I was surprised but delighted to be nominated. I do feel this is recognition of the whole team at St Catherine’s.”

She added: “Agbrigg is a very diverse area. We have quite a few Africans, we have a lot of Polish and a large Asian population. It’s a wonderful mix.

“All we try to do is provide people with the opportunity to get to know each other and recognise and celebrate their differences rather than letting those differences becoming a point of conflict. We specialise in working around community cohesion and integration.

“It’s about raising awareness and understanding of what are perceived to be differences within the community and breaking down negative preconceptions among different minority groups.”

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