An archaeological app to map the history of Britain's coastline, a scheme which helps teenage victims of gangs to escape their lifestyle, and a project to reimagine the care system in Scotland, are all on the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards.
The Charity Awards is the charity sector’s longest-running, biggest and best-known awards ceremony.
Charities are judged by an independent panel of charity leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice which other organisations can learn from across ten categories.
The category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a black tie dinner on 7 June, held in the grounds of the Tower of London.
The evening will be hosted by the Reverend Richard Coles, the writer and broadcaster, who will be joined by representatives of the shortlisted charities, as well as leaders from Britain’s best known and best loved charities.
Julian Chislett, chief executive of Civil Society Media, said: “After a year of increased scrutiny and considerable challenge to the sector it is so important that we celebrate success. Not only have we received over 30 per cent more entries than ever but the standard of the charities on our shortlist this year is incredible and the stories behind them truly inspiring.
"We are extremely proud to have such a fantastic group of entries.
“For 19 years the Charity Awards have been celebrating the work of charities across the UK. We have a rigorous judging process which identifies charities with the most innovative ideas, delivering the best results, doing the most to help make a fairer and better life for people across the country.
“We look forward to welcoming all nominees to the awards and wish all the charities the very best of luck on the night.”
Thrilled to partner
Andrew Pitt, head of charities – London at Rathbones, overall sponsors of the awards, paid tribute to the shortlist.
He said: “We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Civil Society Media as sponsors of the Charity Awards," he said. "The awards celebrate leadership, good governance, innovation and excellence.
“As investment managers we do everything we can to support the work that the sector does and promoting best practice is an important part of our relationship with charities.”