THE Rainbow Centre in Penley has finished runner up in a national charity award. 

The centre achieved runner-up spot at the national FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards, among stiff competition from hundreds of other small charities.

The FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards are a way to highlight the work of small charities and the impact they make on a local, national and international level.

Established in 1994, the Rainbow Centre's mission is to promote health and wellbeing, to help older people to regain their sense of worth, and to provide access to support, services and facilities that can empower people of all ages to retain as much independence as possible within their locality.

The Centre is a hub of activity providing day opportunities, community classes, community transport, and a café.

They also provide Social Prescribing services in GP surgeries across Wrexham and Community Outreach support.

Caroline Tudor-James, chief officer at the Rainbow Centre said: “We are delighted to gain recognition for the work we do, our services make a real difference to local peoples lives so it’s great to be acknowledged nationally."

Pauline Broomhead CBE, CEO of the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), the charity behind the Small Charity Big Impact Awards said: “Small charities do amazing work, often having an impact far beyond their size, yet they often don’t receive the recognition and celebration they deserve.

"We are thrilled to award The Rainbow Centre this prize and congratulate them on their amazing work.”

In addition to winning the 2019 award, the Rainbow Centre will also benefit from a short film produced to help promote the charity's work, and impact.