Hope Rescue has been short listed as a regional finalist to receive an award from the Jewson Building Better Communities fund. There are grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 on offer, with the main prize being £50,000. A total of 63 projects across the country have made it to the short list, with 9 in Wales.

The Hope Rescue application is for funding towards the costs of the first floor refurbishment at the new Charity Shop in Pontypridd to create a volunteer hub and kitchen area. This will provide a space for training volunteers and supported employment placements, as well as hosting Knit and Natter groups, craft workshops, baking workshops, responsible dog ownership events, a dog foodbank and lots of other social/community activities. The vision for the shop is to not only provide a sustainable income stream to support the rescue, but to also become an integral part of the community.

Public voting will play a big part in the way the panel judges each project. Please click on the special link below to vote (you will need to be logged in to Facebook, Twitter, Google or Disqus) and if possible also leave a comment in the box as to why you think Hope Rescue deserves this prize.

Hope Rescue is the only animal welfare organisation shortlisted so it would be wonderful if the whole rescue community show their support voting and sharing. Voting is open until 30th May 2015