On 13th March the Centre for Social Justice held their annual award ceremony which honours grassroots charities and voluntary organisations from local communities throughout the UK which have developed effective and innovative ways of addressing a variety of entrenched social issues. These organisations often work with some of the hardest to reach people in the country.
It was a magnificent evening and each winning organisation received a prize of £10,000 and the rare chance to have their work profiled at the ceremony in London to a large audience of high-ranking politicians, celebrities, major philanthropists, leaders from the private and voluntary sector, and the media.
We met with our friend Noel Williams who spoke so movingly at the 2017 LiveTwice carol concert – he was integral to the CSJ team who planned this amazing event. It was of course Noel who introduced us to the charity Key4Life who
received the proceeds from our latest carol concert, so we were all delighted when the award for Education, Employment and Skills award was presented to Eve Hamilton MBE, founder of Key4Life to recognise their outstanding work!
There were many worthy winners of awards, but we were particularly impressed by the winners of a new award this year given to the most ‘Outstanding Responsible Business’. The prize was won by Census Group and was presented by friend of LiveTwice, the very glamorous Julia Immonen.
Census Group are a business services company committed to changing people’s lives by delivering integration to those furthest from the job market. Their work and subsequent social outcomes are changing public perceptions about working with offenders both in custody and on release to reduce re-offending rates. As the business continues to grow they are working to launch a training and employment ‘Academy’ to provide the kind of tailored support service users need to help find meaningful and sustained and employment.
The recipients of all of the awards too often go unnoticed, despite their remarkable work and the perseverance of the individuals involved. It is crucial that the unique voice of these sectors is heard in Westminster, and that their work is supported more broadly. The contacts that the CSJ Awards help recipients to make as well as the prize money have an important and lasting effect, and the CSJ continues to work with the winners to help their work impact further.
We are at LiveTwice very proud to be associated with the awards and would like to take this opportunity to thank all at the Centre for Social Justice for their invaluable work.