Liz Douglas, founder of the Roots Project which works on Contour Homes’ Pungle Estate in Bolton, has won an outstanding achievement prize in the Life Changers Awards.
Independently judged, Life Changers Awards are designed to genuinely recognise excellence in community development. They acknowledge the contributions made by businesses, civic leaders, charities and service providers as well as those successful individuals who truly set the standard and Liz said she was genuinely staggered to be part of them.
“I was delighted to be nominated for the category and invited to attend the ceremony in London but I honestly did not believe I would win,” she said. “My fellow nominees were from across the world and I was the only white British nominee. I couldn’t believe it when my name was read out and I feel really honoured.”
Liz has worked with Contour Homes staff to get to the ‘root’ of problems in the area which in the past had a variety of social problems. Contour Homes donates a community house to the project as well as offering financial and practical support to Liz. It also allowed her free rein to get on with her unique approach to engaging youth.
Shanine Meadowcroft from Contour Homes said: “Liz offered a refreshing approach to tackling anti-social behaviour that has really made a difference. She genuinely deserves this recognition.
“Her work has been so successful in Bolton that she is now working with us elsewhere to replicate that success.”
Liz says her approach is all about winning the trust of young people which is not something that can happen overnight. She was in fact nominated for this award by a young resident on The Pungle.
Liz is determined to carry on getting to the ‘root’ of social problems and is looking forward to new challenges.
She said: “Contour Homes has been a fantastic supporter of the project and a key partner. I am keen to roll out the Roots Project to other areas and there is really no reason why this can’t become a national initiative.”