Weston Charity Awards winners announced

Written by Matt Ritchie

The Garfield Weston Foundation has announced the winners for the Weston Charity Awards and called on small voluntary organisations to develop ways to become more resilient.

Award winners were announced in Birmingham yesterday, with 17 charities this year receiving unrestricted funding and access to strategic support and mentoring from business leaders through the charity Pilotlight.

Blackburn Youth Zone, Family Help Darlington, Focus Charity in Leicester, Home Start Trafford and Salford, Hull Children’s University, Jericho Foundation in Birmingham, Learning Partnerships in Leeds, Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, Mentor Link in Stourport-on-Severn, Moving On in Durham, New Vic Theatre in Newcastle under Lyme, NIDAS in Mansfield, Sporting Force in Bishop Auckland, The Welcome Centre in Huddersfield, Wirral Ark in Birkenhead, YMCA North Tyneside, and YSS in Worcester received awards.

The Garfield Weston Foundation has identified five areas of major disruption, which it says offer equal amounts of risk and opportunity, depending on how they are managed.

Politics shapes as one disruptive influence, along with the economy, technology, trust and transparency, and increasing demand for services.

The foundation’s director Philippa Charles said this is a period of unprecedented change, and charities must be resilient and sustainable if they are to support people through such disruptive times.

“The better prepared charities are, the better placed they are to deliver the support needed. It is quite literally a case of adapt or die. This is why the Weston Charity Awards help charities become stronger, more effective and fit for the future.”

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