Dreamstore Active Social Inclusion Award

Dreamstore Active Social Inclusion Award presented to Mo Ball, Halton Brook Children’s Centre Fishing Club.

Dreamstore is delighted to have presented the Dreamstore Active Social Inclusion Award to Mo Ball who established the Halton Brook Children’s Centre Fishing Club.

David Hoey (L) presents the Dreamstore Social Inclusion Award to Mo Ball (R) Halton Brook Children's Centre

David Hoey, Dreamstore, said:

“Mo has been inspirational in developing angling as a community activity. From a small start with some taster sessions which proved popular among young people and parents alike, she built the centre’s Club around a shared desire to generate greater community cohesion in an area of considerable disadvantage. This exemplifies how a simple idea and singular passion for angling can deliver wider social benefit for all involved. While Mo has stood aside to enable the community to take ownership of the Club, she has created a legacy of community engagement and positive recreational involvement for dozens of young people.”

Mo Ball, Community Development Worker at Halton Brook says:

“Working with parents in the community I started to talk about fishing and how enjoyable and relaxing it was. Some of the parents told me their children wanted to go fishing, but had no-one to help or go with them. By bringing along the parents on days out we had a great team of helpers on hand and a great means of bringing families and young people together.”

Engagement with the Halton Brook Children's Centre has been a team effort (L2R) Jane Smith, Liverpool Housing Trust, Mo Ball, Halton Brook Childrens Centre, Paul Quigley, Norton Priory Officer, Chris Carlin, Halton Voluntary Action.

Dreamstore Active Awards are presented to highlight the huge volume of activity which is undertaken by the voluntary sector and others, representing massive commitment and dedication to the value of angling within education, youth or community access and engagement. Dreamstore Active Awards provide acknowledgment to those whose work goes largely unsung. These are the only Awards that focus to the huge efforts that bring enormous value to wider society through angling. The Awards are not about the fish, equipment or celebrity. Each Award will be presented to an individual or group that is making a difference. www.dreamstore.org/awards

The Social Inclusion Award is for the individual or group that has best encouraged social inclusion of alienated or disadvantaged individuals, singularly or in a group project that has clearly defined and measured outcomes.