The winners of the Social Change Awards were announced at the
fifth awards ceremony held on 1st December 2011 in London, to
celebrate the work of passionate individuals and organisations
committed to making a positive impact on society.
With over 600 impressive applications, the judges had a tough job
short listing 3 nominees in each of the five award categories. Out
of the 15 finalists, the winners were chosen by the public who cast
over 4000 votes.
In her opening speech, Debra Allcock Tyler, Chief Executive of
Directory of Social Change (DSC) said, "At the core of DSC's
beliefs is the idea that a better society is built through
voluntary action - and that is why the bulk of our work is aimed at
informing, supporting and encouraging voluntary action and
charitable activity. And this event tonight is about
recognising the huge achievements you all make towards creating a
better society for all of us. "
Dame Suzi Leather, Chair of the Charity Commission presented
each winner and runner-up with a unique piece of art by cartoonist
Grizelda, portraying their organisation and its work.
In her speech, Dame Suzi Leather paid tribute to charities,
"This evening is a chance to celebrate another side of society. The
one we don't hear about too often in the news. The one in which
people, like you, agents for social change, collaborate to put your
ideas for a better world into action. And it's a particular
pleasure to see that dedication and passion recognised. "
The Children's University won the Everyday Impact - New
Enterprises Award for their outstanding work in raising
aspirations and promoting social mobility through providing high
quality out-of-school-hours activities to children aged 7-14
New Heights Warren Farm Community Project won the Everyday
Impact Award - Long-term Enterprises Award for offering
a cradle to grave service and support to the most vulnerable
sectors of the socially deprived community of Kingstanding. The
Community Development Coordinator Doreen Mooney says, "Our
volunteers are so thrilled to be given such honour! It is so
fantastic to be awarded for our efforts in serving our needy area.
Who would have thought that every act of kindness and generosity of
our volunteers and donors would give us this accolade! The award is
inspiring us even more to touch local people's lives!"
Angela and Neil Dickson who won the Lifetime Achievement
Award for working towards increasing the amount of high
quality research into brain tumours in the UK says, "We were
absolutely thrilled to win our Lifetime Achievement Award, which
has been hung in pride of place already. We were delighted to meet
so many wonderful people who give up so much of their precious
Community Development Foundation (CDF) won the Great Giving
Funders Award for taking a community development approach to
funding, from design through to evaluation.
Lesley Chambers, CDF Director of Programmes says, "CDF is
passionate about helping communities and is absolutely delighted to
receive this award, which we believe recognises this passion.
We are always listening to communities to see how we can improve
our grant application service to them. We never fail to be
impressed by the time and commitment given by volunteers to their
communities. We are pleased that they find it easy to access
the funds we distribute on behalf of our sponsors. This award
has given CDF even more motivation to make grant applications as
easy as possible."
The Influencer Award went to Deirdre Boyd, a passionate
addiction recovery advocate, who has worked tirelessly to challenge
the widespread beliefs that addicted people can't recover and via
UKESAD has created a forum where people can come together in a safe
environment and support each other in their recovery and in
Deirdre Boyds says, "The DSC award is a ground breaking
recognition of the importance of work in helping addicts and their
families to break free from addiction and turn their lives around
if given the right information and support. Comments from people at
the awards ceremony show how addiction has touched too many lives -
but recovery has not reached them yet. The DSC award will help more
people to learn that recovery is possible. I am very moved by and
proud of all who voted for me and this life-changing work. That the
award was won by public vote is an overwhelming validation of my
work but also of recovery from addiction. Thank you!"
Runners up included: The Choir with No Name and
Twisting Ducks Theatre Company for the Everyday Impact - New
Enterprises Award; Everton in the Community and NMC Design
& Print for the Everyday Impact - Long-term
Enterprises Award; and Health & Social Care Volunteering
Fund (HSCVF) and Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales for
the Great Giving Funders Award. The Influencer
Award runners up were Rod King and Philip Ishola, while Jack
Petchey and Steve Johnson were runners up for the Lifetime
The judges for Social Change Awards 2011 were George Monck
(Chief Executive at CleanupUK), Beverley Costa (CEO and founder of
Mother Tongue), Andy Garnett (Founder of The Garnett Foundation),
Caroline Diehl (Chief Executive and Founder of Media Trust), Sue
Billington (Director Programme Management of Propraxis Ltd) and
Paul Farmer (Chief Executive Officer MIND).
Photos and more information about the winning entries and
finalists can be viewed at: http://www.socialchangeawards.org.uk/winners.html
If you wish to interview one of our award winners or need more
information please contact Richard Lee, 020 7391 4881 or Jay
Kennedy, 07989 187537.
The Children's University has been shortlisted at The Charity
Awards 2012! To read more, please
2012 Children's University