The community projects

We’d like to introduce the four winners of The Community Projects, where our members and the public were asked to nominate unsung heroes making a difference in their communities. The winners represent a cross-section of communities in the UK and tackle issues as diverse as knife crime, LGBT+ representation in sports, access to drama and theatre in deprived communities and the sustainable re-use of clothing.

A panel of judges selecting the projects

Nominations were made under the following categories:

Getting active

Community heroes

Arts and culture

Wild card


What we’re giving

  • Those 4 entries will get the support of giffgaff in the form of time support, funding, marketing support
  • We’re working with our winners to make sure our help is designed to give them a legacy - not just a flash in the pan moment

Our winners

logo of the cowshed charity

The Cowshed is a charity that provides clothing and other items for individuals and families in Berkshire experiencing hardship.

football emblem of Hotscots Football Club

HotScots FC provides a range of football from social kickabouts to training to competitive games. The team participates in the GFSN League (Gay Football Supporters Network) competitively across Great Britain. The team was set up to break down stereotypical barriers in the game faced by the LGBT+ community, with the premise of the club that football should be open to all.

logo of GL4

GL4 is an organisation based in the centre of the Matson Estate in Gloucester, which brings a national touring theatre into community spaces across the UK. Transforming unlikely spaces like playgrounds, football courts and estates into a stage for people to enjoy the arts. The charity also runs a youth participation programme encouraging young people to sing, beatbox and rap.

logo of the Control the Bleed organisation

Control the Bleed is an organisation based in Birmingham, which aims to save the lives of victims of knife and violent crime by providing vital bleed control kits in as many local venues as possible. Set up by Lynne Baird after her son Daniel was killed in a fatal stabbing in Birmingham, Control the Bleed will be supported by giffgaff to provide more bleed kits across the UK, along with relevant first-aid training.

Nominations are now closed.

Keep on eye on this page for more updates.