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2018

Learn about our winning and shortlisted entries from The Charity Awards 2018

The Charity Awards 2018 Gallery

The Charity Awards 2018 Gallery

The Charity Awards 2018 took place on the 7 June at the Pavillion in the grounds of the Tower of London. Ten organisations were honoured with awards in ten categories covering all types of charitable activity in the UK, with Who Cares? Scotland, winner of the campaigning and advocacy category, being chosen as the Overall Winner. Click here to see all the photos from the night including winners, celebrities and sector VIPs.

2018 Winners

Overall award

Who Cares? Scotland

Who Cares? Scotland, which advocates for a better deal for people in care and care leavers, launched its 1,000 Voices campaign to try and push for a complete overhaul of the Scottish care system, to one based on love, because it believes that a loving environment is the most fundamental thing a child needs to succeed.

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The Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement

Kevin Curley

Curley is best known for his last full-time role in the voluntary sector, as chief executive of Navca, the umbrella body for councils for voluntary service. He stepped down from that role five years ago. But despite calling time on 40 years of full-time employment in charities, his commitments to the sector seems barely to have diminished

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Campaigning and advocacy

Who Cares? Scotland

Who Cares? Scotland, which advocates for a better deal for people in care and care leavers, launched its 1,000 Voices campaign to try and push for a complete overhaul of the Scottish care system, to one based on love, because it believes that a loving environment is the most fundamental thing a child needs to succeed.

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Children and youth

Redthread Youth

Redthread’s youth violence intervention programme embeds specialist youth workers in the emergency departments of major trauma centres. They meet young victims of violence or exploitation within the “teachable moment” – when they are at their most vulnerable after falling victim to violence – and empower them to pursue positive changes within their lives.

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Disability

Autistica

Autistica, a charity which supports people with the condition, believed that research, services and policy had failed to address these issues, and that too much effort is focused on a cure. Autistica decided to reinvent itself and pioneer new ways of working with people to address the issue.

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Education and training

The Resuscitation Council

The Resuscitation Council’s main charitable benefit is to increase public training in CPR, as clinical evidence shows that, if a trained bystander is present at a cardiac arrest incident, the survival rate of the person affected increases by as much as 30 per cent.

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Environment and conservation

Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is a national marine conservation and campaigning charity. It identified that solutions are needed to stop plastic pollution at source and that empowering and connecting businesses, local government and community groups is essential to changing behaviours.

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Grantmaking and funding

Family Fund

In 2012, the government took the decision to devolve the Social Fund, which gives care grants to vulnerable people, to local authorities across the UK. Family Fund, a charity which supports the families of disabled and seriously ill children, soon realised they could help, and set up Family Fund Business Services, to provide fulfilment services to local grant-givers.

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International Aid and development

Tearfund

More than a third of South African girls face some kind of sexual violence before they reach the age of 18. Tearfund's project was built around what survivors themselves saw as priorities: to have a safe space to reflect and heal, to be able share their stories with others who had faced a similar ordeal, and for their leaders to speak out on the issue.

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Social care, advice and support

Volunteering Matters

Building on the nurturing and accepting relationship between a young person and a grandparent, Volunteering Matters recruits, trains and supports volunteer mentors who are aged 50 plus, and otherwise known as ‘Grandmentors’, to use their skills and experience to provide bespoke mentoring for young people leaving care.

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