The 2018 Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award Winners

Sapper Support, Gomersal We are the UK’s only 24/7 PTSD (associated mental health illness) helpline staffed solely by veterans and 999 personnel. We offer round the clock emotional, physical and (where the criteria are met) financial support. Every caller is treated as a person, creating an instant bond, with a strategy in place for when ‘they’ end the call. A 48 - call back service is also available should they need further support. If the caller does not have a diagnosis we will finance a private assessment to determine that diagnosis and therefore speed up access to treatment. This reduces the stress to the call er and also the NHS.

4SLC (For Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre) Trust Our organisation provides local, affordable and easy access to sport, leisure and recreational services and facilities for or all ages and abilities in a geographically isolated area where public transport is difficult. We provide employment, volunteering and work experience opportunities for all ages and make a significant economic, social and environmental contribution to the town and its surrounding areas. We work collaboratively with other community groups, local schools and businesses improving the quality of people’s lives by fostering improved physical and mental health and encouraging participation in a more active lifestyle. We inspire.

The Rotary Club of York. The objectives of Rotary are the same throughout the world, they include: the promotion of community service, the maintenance of high standards in business and professional practices, the advancement of international understanding and the development of fellowship. Rotary is open to anyone under an Equality and Diversity Policy, fully complying with The Equality Act of 2010. The precept of ‘Service above Self’ includes: charitable work being undertaken, help and support given to the local community spanning the youngest to mature members of society and provides assistance and expertise locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The ‘fun and enjoyment’ aspect of Rotary is very important also.

The Suit Works, Sheffield. The Suit Works is a free service to help unemployed, sometimes vulnerable men in the Sheffield city region to succeed by building confidence and self-esteem through personal styling. Clients referred to us, who would otherwise not be able to afford suitable clothing, are given a suit, shirt, tie and shoes to help them look fantastic, feel confident and perform well at job interviews. All our clothing is donated from individuals, businesses, organisations and retailers, locally, regionally and nationally. We are a small charity supported by a core team of local volunteers, students and stakeholders.

Bramham Village Hall, Bramham, Wetherby. The Village Hall committee provide Bramham village, its residents (young and old) together with their families and friends with a place of belonging. A place full of fun and entertainment. It is a wonderful place for people to come together and share happy times and create great memories. It is a place to be proud of with an incredible kitchen, toilets and venue facilities. All this is down to the hard work of our “fab four” - Christine Dalton, Christine Wray, Ian Dalton and Mick Wray who have done this for 15 years and never once been truly recognised for the difference they have made to so many lives.

Sheffield Working Women’s Opportunities Project (SWWOP) We provide intensive and practical support to a socially isolated and vulnerable group of women involved in street prostitution. This involves night time outreach service (via a specially equipped van); health management/harm reduction support e.g. condoms, STI checks and needle exchanges. Outreach into local saunas, “in reach” to HMP Newhall to prevent those involved in prostitution reoffending and/or returning to the streets when they leave. 121 crisis support with whatever is presented by a client - medical, social services, housing, food parcels, relationship advice, pregnancy etc. Exit work, timely and intensive individual support packages for those who want to exit street prostitution.

North Duffield Conservation and Local History Society. We work with local residents, children and all manner of disability groups to encourage volunteering and involvement in archaeology so that people become aware of and feel responsible for the archaeology on their doorstep. We conduct meaningful and nationally important archaeological investigations to a high standard.

Riding for the Disabled Welburn Hall School Group, Fadmoor, York. Each Thursday afternoon volunteers bring ponies to Welburn Hall School to give the pupils a chance to learn to ride or ride for therapy. We encourage them to take their Grade Tests I Riding and Horse care, take part in endurance rides and enter the RDA annual Countryside Challenge and Dressage Competitions. This gives them the opportunity to compete at a national level. We sent 2 pupils on a riding holiday this year. We also take part in the tracker scheme. We are totally self-funding and our volunteers get a reward in the friendship and the community spirit.

Grimm and Co, Rotherham. We reach under-resourced, vulnerable and disadvantaged children, engaging them in literacy in a fun, exciting way. We show them that their words are valued, showcasing their work in publications and turning their scripts into films, plays and songs. Examples of this can be seen at We inspire and motivate children and young people to write, raising confidence in their abilities and heightening their self-esteem, which then has an impact on their long term skills, abilities and career prospects. Put very simply, we change lives, one story at a time.

Scarborough Disability Action (SDAG). The group aims to help local disabled people to achieve independence and empowerment and provides support to its beneficiaries with key issues including advice and support with welfare benefits, community care and access to local services and amenities. It supports local organisations to optimise service provision for disabled people and its own work also offers a range of volunteering opportunities. Additionally, the group runs a project entitled “Treats” that provides informative and fun activities for local disabled people and offers participants an opportunity to overcome social isolation and to become more involved in the community.

Holme Valley Orchestra, Holme Valley and Huddersfield. The Holme Valley Orchestra provides a safe and friendly space to come and enjoy making music together whilst maintaining and further strengthening relationships with our community by offering them the opportunity to listen to and watch live music being performed in their locality, instilling a sense of pride, worth and achievement in its members and the audiences that support it.

National Autistic Society, Rotherham Branch. We support people affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in Rotherham. Our activities include social events, the Autism Alert Card scheme, presentations, providing advice and information and attendance at meetings. We are also discussing the possibility of running courses. Our social events include bowling, trips to ice hockey and to football matches. These enable autistic people to socialize. The Autism Alert card is credit-card sized and identifies the user as autistic. The user can show it in a difficult situation. It shows the names of two contacts. It is available to every autistic person in South Yorkshire.

Investing in People and Culture (IPC), Middlesbrough. IPC supports refugees and asylum seekers in practical ways at their time of greatest need. It encourages integration with the wider community through projects and opportunities for making connections; it enables some of the most deprived sections of society to have a voice; it works with partner organisations to deliver outcomes that are specifically aimed at improving employment opportunities; it recognises and does all it can to address the severe crisis in mental health of refugees and asylum seekers.

Scarborough Survivors. A professional safe, homely, non-judgement socially inclusive environment for people over 16 affected by poor mental health. Offering person centred workshops designed to promote recovery and self-resilience, our clients may not have control over their symptoms they can have control over their lives. This approach means our clients can play a full and active part in the wider community, increasing their well-being, decreasing the need on the NHS. Helping them harness their dreams as a reality. Working towards breaking down the stigma surrounding poor mental health and educating the wider community to be more accepting of those in need.

Rotherham Wah Hong Chinese Association. Wah Hong is a Chinese based community organisation run purely by volunteers. It supports all Chinese communities within Rotherham and the other south Yorkshire boroughs. It unites all Chinese heritage families including those from the Oceanic regions. By providing a safe space we help to combat loneliness and isolation, we connect with people in order to share language and culture. We develop opportunities for the community and provide learning through creative pathways. By celebrating cultural identity and sharing customs and activities we help to bring communities together in such a way that Chinese heritage is woven into local day to day life.

Waves Day Centre, Slaithwaite. Waves provides people with disabilities and learning difficulties the right atmosphere to ensure they receive the best possible day care while enabling them to try a range of activities which can include work placements to integrate them within their local community. In so doing Waves has changed some people’s misconceptions about disability. Waves also provides brilliant social enrichment to its member’s lives in the wide range of experiences it can offer. These include trips to places as diverse as a remote Scottish island, Centre Parcs and to Disneyland Paris (which have all been amazing). Waves is an organisation with a “can do” mentality which it not only lives up to, but often surpasses.

Therapies for Anxiety, Depression and Stress (TADS), Barnsley. Our organisation supports and educates children, young people and their families as to how mental health issues impact on a young person’s life. The main point we labour is that they are not alone in their feelings and thoughts. By delivering workshops in groups, young people meet others who might well be feeling and thinking the same as them. This is a great help as it lets people know that whilst what they themselves are experiencing is completely normal it does needs to be managed. They leave us with a whole range of new coping techniques, knowing that they can be confident on their road to recovery.

Caring Together Whitby and District. Caring Together Whitby & District recruits volunteers to support carers of older people by providing a break from their caring role, and to support older people living alone by providing friendship and companionship. We try to match people with similar interests and outlook to ensure the volunteer visits will be rewarding and enjoyable for both parties. We support the volunteers by being readily available to discuss their concerns. We accept referrals from anyone with the permission of the person concerned. We work closely with other organisations within the County to help alleviate loneliness and social isolation within our community.

Friends of St Nicholas Fields (St Nicks), York. We are a dynamic organisation with ambition. Bridging environmental awareness and action, over two decades we have transformed a former landfill site in an area of relative deprivation into a thriving urban 24-acre Local Nature Reserve (LNR). Our vision is for York to be a city where people value wildlife, the environment and each other equally in order to sustain a rich and healthy life for all. Our mission is: ‘creating lasting positive change in the actions and attitudes of York residents to enable them to move towards a sustainable future’.

Doncaster Conversation Club. Doncaster Conversation Club meets weekly at Doncaster Quaker Meeting House providing a drop in point for asylum seekers and refugees dispersed by the Home Office. It provides refreshments, food parcels, English classes, clothing, access to fax, copier and computer and to a range of advice and practical support from voluntary and statutory bodies. Support is provided during the week in accompanying people to health, legal and other appointments. We organise monthly outings to get people out of their cramped surroundings into places where they can experiences space, fresh air and physical activity. Numbers attending weekly average 150 adults and accompanying children.

Kyra Women’s Project, York. Best summed up in the words of one member: “I was at loss with no-where to turn. I felt I’d completely exhausted all of my back up energy and was running close to empty. I’d never heard of KYRA and had no idea of the service they offered. Volunteers from KYRA were compassionate and completely non-judgemental. After I’d completed the Domestic Abuse sessions I was at a loss as to what to do next. I chose to attend a course called ESTA, which is to help build low self-esteem. I honestly didn’t think it was possible. Admittedly, I am not completely healed from the years of abuse and subsequent low self-esteem. However, I now have the tools and the ongoing support from KYRA, to get there.”

Wentworth Castle Volunteers Association, Stainborough, Barnsley. In support of the garden team volunteers meet two days a week to assist with the gardens, with the national plant collections, with parkland, logging and other more special projects. The archive group work on preserving and cataloguing the current archive including transcriptions and historic research. Since 2007 the volunteers have raised over £65,000. Fund raising has continued since 2017 realising a further £2,800, by taking plants to sell at local events. The volunteers have become a supportive local group with walks, meals, theatre trips etc. The volunteers have also worked on projects offsite which have helped to maintain the profile of Wentworth Castle Gardens.

North Yorkshire Youth. Carlton Miniott, Thirsk. NYY exists to help children and young people realise their potential. Our experience and expertise in youth work and outdoor education provide us with the ability to engage young people in a variety of settings all of which allow the young person to feel comfortable and safe. The various programmes we run are all based on consultations, with the needs of young people being at the forefront of our planning. So through our activity centre, youth clubs, training programmes and support services we make a real difference to young people we support and ultimately help them achieve their potential.

Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome (SWaW), Stockbridge, Sheffield. Working with others, we provide clear and up-to-date information on recreational walking in our area. We offer a wide range of walks catering for all levels of walkers and offer a range of distances. We support those who do not have sufficient confidence to look at a map and plan their own walks to walk independently. We provide a valued resource to the many walking groups in the local and wider geographical area. Walks in this area are rarely found in published walking books. We promote this lesser known area as a walking destination via our excellent website.

Sight Support Ryedale, Norton, Malton. Sight Support Ryedale supports people with ‘visual impairments’; a phrase that encompasses many eye conditions and levels of sight loss. We see the person not the eye condition. We appreciate that everyone is unique and that there is no ‘one size fits all solution’. We treat each person as the individual they are, we explore each person’s specific needs and offer support which is appropriate to them. In doing this we often ‘think outside of the box’ to find a way for each member to remain independent and active within their community for as long as possible.

The Cathedral Archer Project, Sheffield. The Cathedral Archer Project helps homeless people change their lives by building hope and self-worth. Providing crisis support and through meaningful activities and volunteering the aim, ultimately, is employment. People that use the project are individually supported towards their best life.

The Island, York. All children and young people have undiscovered potential and through mentoring we can create “islands of time and space” for them to see and believe in themselves. The Island believes in care, responsibility, respect and compassion resulting in positive outcomes on children and young people’s attitudes, behaviour and skills. We support them to become more effective individuals who are then able to engage and contribute to their community. The Island’s programmes inspire us to be more determined than ever to continue making a difference in the lives of all children and young people in the city of York and beyond!

Poppleton Community Railway Nursery. The nursery is the last surviving railway nursery in the country. The main thrust is to continue to deliver a unique project providing a caring service to members of the community and those recovering from mental and physical health problem. At the same time, it aims to restore the heritage buildings on the site and its narrow gauge railway.

St Andrew’s Pantomime Group, Leeds. We produce and present an annual pantomime at South Leeds Community Centre on Cardinal Road in Beeston. The group rehearses weekly from September through to January. During the remainder of the year we hold regular fund-raising events such as bag-packs, book sales, cabaret show, concerts etc. The Group was established in 1970 and celebrated its 43rd annual Pantomime in 2013. The show spanning 2019-2020 will be performed in our 50th Anniversary year.

Disability Action Yorkshire, Harrogate. We support disabled people in achieving their life aspirations, whatever they may be. We are a charity and social enterprise providing services that create opportunities for disabled people to live the lifestyle of their choosing. Established in 1937, we have been providing quality services for over 80 years. As a Disability Confident Leader we celebrate and promote diversity at every level of our organisation. We are committed to the development of new services where there is a need, and where we believe we have the ability and resources to meet that need. Our Vision is to empower disabled people to live the lifestyle of their choosing, through our training, preparation and other living skills.

Friends of York Cemetery. Supporting York Cemetery Trust by providing education through walks and talks. By sharing genealogy with the public, schools, universities, businesses, local clubs, churches and other associations. By gardening the 24-acre site and ensuring the cemetery remains a conservation area. By conducting grave searches from the genealogy data base. By providing Weekend Wardens who patrol the cemetery when there are no staff on site. By assisting at events with refreshments, seating and car parking duties. By arranging publicity for cemetery activities, fund raising and above all Involving the community in all activities.

Down Syndrome Training and Support Service Ltd, Bingley. We work with our parents and fellow professionals to ensure our children receive the best possible support to develop the skills they need to access mainstream education and society. We work with hospitals and the local community to change attitudes and the vocabulary used to foster acceptance and inclusion. Our work provides much needed support and friendship to parents and all family members, including siblings, to reduce isolation and increase wellbeing.

Tadcaster Swimming Pool Trust. The Tadcaster Swimming Pool has created a hub for the whole community. The unique way of operating has inspired many and has a proven template of operation using volunteers (retired, students or those returning to work) from the community. It provides a vibrant, successful facility for all walks of life to enjoy. Providing public swimming for all ages, swimming lessons (1150 attendees per week) as well as a variety of classes, we offer a comprehensive programme for swimming and fitness related activities. Future projects now include the use of the after-school sports facilities at the local Grammar School.

Ryedale Community Transport, Norton. Ryedale Community Transport provides: transport for people living in isolated and rural areas, for the elderly and frail who cannot access public transport, help for people with disabilities who cannot access public transport, assistance for people who cannot afford public transport, for people who are wheelchair reliant and door to door not kerb to kerb services. Subsequently Ryedale Community Transport helps: tackle loneliness and isolation by providing clients with access to social and welfare groups, with shopping and medical care and hospital visits, it reduces demand on patient transport, aids independent living, provides affordable trips for groups and organisations and provides work opportunities for younger people.

Rotherham Military Community Veterans Centre (MCVC). We support all veterans in the Rotherham and surrounding areas who needs help or just would like to enjoy some military company and banter with other servicemen and women. We operate at high efficiency because we are well ordered and organised. The MCVC is open to all without prejudice and often support those who are challenging and have expended the good will of several other veteran’s charities. We provide safe space and non-judgemental support, maintaining values and standards of service life. We save money by keeping people out of prison, helping with health, fitness and wellbeing saving NHS expenditure. We make lives better.

Footprints in the Community, Redcar and Cleveland. Footprints in the Community offers a raft of ten support services each aimed at helping to reduce poverty and isolation. These include: a food bank, a fuel bank, Men’s Shed - a typical shed working environment where men can learn new skills such as woodwork and leatherwork, a Next Step Shop – a that offers longer term support for those people who are struggling to feed themselves and/or their families in the form of a members shop, a Community Café, a dementia support group and New Start - a service that provides kitchen utensils, pots and pans etc.

Beacon South Yorkshire (BSY), Barnsley. Beacon South Yorkshire is a service that supports carers from all walks of life. If a person cares for someone with dementia, a disability, a history of substance misuse, mental ill health or are elderly and need emotional support we are here. Through 1-1 & group support, monthly coffee mornings, Stepping Stones group course/individual support, signposting to relevant agencies, in house training, Next Steps course, meditation, yoga, mindfulness and therapies to aid relaxation and emotion wellbeing we help the carer to plan their own personal journey.

Grassington Hub. The Hub offers a thriving community run library with a home delivery service and a thriving children’s library and storytelling sessions. We also host an up-to-the-minute village website, arrange community lunch and tea clubs, transport, community cinema and a “knit and natter group” which is soon to be extended into a more coherent and collaborative initiative which will focus on alleviating social isolation. In addition we provide an information centre, a booking office for all village events, a patient transport service and we organise day trips. We have also created the village Forum to collaboratively address the larger issues that the community faces.

Silkstone Luncheon Club. The club provides its members with a weekly opportunity for social contact. It is not just a luncheon, there is a quiz, raffle, bingo and time for conversation. If funds are available we occasionally have additional luncheons in other venues. Other events have included a visit to the local theatre for the pantomime.

Angel’s Café, Thornhill. The group provides an informal dining opportunity at lunchtime one day a week for the benefit of the local community, but in particular those who have been recently bereaved or widowed. Many others also make use of the service especially young families during school holidays. It is of note that no charge is made for young children’s food. The need for this service is evidenced by there being regularly in excess of 30 people in attendance. What money is made through the café is donated to one off international appeals, to a wide spectrum of charities, some national such as Lymphoma research, Kidney research and Water Aid others more local i.e. a women’s refuge and Friends of Freeman House.

Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team. All members of our team are volunteers and receive neither payment nor expenses for participating in training or incidents. There are currently fifty active team members including doctors, paramedics, nurses and people with hillwalking and climbing experience. We rely solely on donations and sponsorship for funding. We take an active interest in local community events, providing talks for local organisations, training for the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and general support for other institutions organising outdoor activities in our area. The Team owns a base in Snainton, near Scarborough, which gives us good access to our whole area. This base also houses our two Land Rover ambulances and control and communications equipment. The team also uses the base to hold training and fund-raising events.

Endeavour, Sheffield. Endeavour believes every young person deserves a positive future, regardless of their past. For over 60 years, we have been working with some of England’s most disadvantaged, disaffected and forgotten young people, providing challenge and confidence and helping them to take control of their future. Our programmes of personal development, education and social action are there to help them face their problems, tackle them head-on and succeed where they may have previously failed.

Mirfield and District Over 50s. Our organisation provides an outreach to the senior citizens of Mirfield district providing a warm and friendly atmosphere where members can be entertained, enjoy refreshments and join in conversation with people of like mind and age. Visitors such as community police officers and fire and welfare experts call in to update us on current home safety, often providing new fire and carbon monoxide alarms free of charge. Outings to places of interest and venues for lunches at subsidised prices become accessible to the elderly who have mobility problems or financial constraints. In all, giving elderly people a chance to make friends, have a laugh and go home happy.

Hoyland Community Choir. If you enjoy singing then Hoyland Community Choir is for you! We meet weekly to sing together and you certainly don’t have to be a professional to join us. That’s because we sing for fun; Paul comes along and plays the music on his acoustic guitar and we have song sheets so you don’t miss a word.  We sing a wide range of songs – anything from The Beatles, old favourites to hymns and even WMCA!  We even give our “choristers” the chance to pick their own favourite songs. To us singing is community.

Otley Sailing Club. We offer a sailing programme to people with disabilities and learning difficulties which gives them an opportunity to sail on their own in a safe, supervised environment. Sailing helps them gain self-esteem and confidence through the new skills learned. Since 2013 our original application date, we have developed into a four day operation, 3 new groups have joined. The Club have invested £24,000 in upgrading the approach road. Recently we received sponsorship which will allow us to buy two new boats to increase our capacity. Our footfall has increased from 1500 to 2500 with a target of 3000.

Friends of Wardsend Cemetery. We are proactive about working with the local community and a wide range of groups and partners, including local businesses and the council. We are making physical improvements to the cemetery and putting on a programme of activities and events throughout the year to make Wardsend a safe and welcoming place for all. By replacing negative, anti-social behaviours with positive community minded ones we are reconnecting the cemetery with the local communities and in many cases local people with each other. We are confident that Wardsend Cemetery will one day take its rightful place as one of Sheffield’s gems in a sadly overlooked part of the city on the banks of the River Don.

Grand Northern Ukulele Festival, Hebden Bridge. Grand Northern Ukulele Festival (GNUF) is an inclusive, inspiring weekend of arts & music in Huddersfield, England. It is a one-of-a-kind event featuring ukuleles and so much more – there is truly something for everyone! There’s world-class live music, inspiring workshops, chances to sing & play along and more than a few surprises. GNUF showcases some of the best talent on four strings from around the world and across the country. The festival is unparalleled in it scale, innovation and engaging surprises and is entirely run by a team of volunteers of all ages.

Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care CIO. SCCCC provides a helping hand to older people when they need it most. Most of our work helps older people in their own homes but we also support them if they are admitted to or discharged from hospital or living in a residential home. The SCCCC team of staff and volunteers provide both practical and emotional support for older people with volunteers giving their time to prevent loneliness and isolation amongst older people in Sheffield who may have nobody else to turn to in their time of need.

The Growing Zone, Kippax. An allotment garden project for children and adults with special needs. At the Growing Zone we grow people!

Valley Recreational Activity Community Project, Sheffield. We are a group that is open to everyone, they come to us, we have fun, laughter and good positive communications, where to go if you have a problem. We have a partially sighted lady, with a guide dog, who wanted to be a volunteer on our computer session to help other people. All the other groups turned her down, we said no problem, come and give it a go. The lady teaches tablets, we don’t have a volunteer who is trained in tablets. She feels wanted and we have a solution. We give hope, there are people who care.

Rastrick Plays Better. We develop the green spaces and play areas around Rastrick to improve the community environment and play equipment to allow safe and exciting places for children and families to play and get together. The latest project is to link the spaces with a piece of outdoor gym equipment in each of the 6 green space locations and develop a health and fitness trail to improve the community’s health and well-being.

Community Bees, York. Community Bees runs projects throughout York and north Yorkshire for all, particularly aiming at those who find themselves excluded from society. We realise how frustrating it is for people to be isolated within their own rural community; having poor access to community events leaves people out in the cold and lonely. We encourage people of all ages, genders and abilities to attend our events. As well as communicating via social media we seek out community centres, churches and other such places – finding out what’s needed in that particular community.

Shiptonthorpe Village Hall. We provide a mixed and varied selection including: keep fit, pub nights, an annual Christmas party, community theatre, weekly coffee mornings, Zumba, children’s ballet, genealogy, art class and orchestra rehearsals as well as the hall being the designated an Emergency Building. We also host church events and fundraising for other village organisations as well as being involved in the village 0pen gardens and flower festival. The hall is available to the village for hire for celebrations.

The Snappy Trust, York. In the last year we have provided 23,240 hours of care to up to 300 families with one or more children with a disability. We have worked with 130 volunteers and placement students providing them with both training and development. Training has also been delivered by us to over 25 other organisations within our area. Employment was given to 35 staff, and we have worked with up to 75 partners and agencies across the whole spectrum: education, health, social care and business community.

Jennyruth Workshops, Ripon. Jennyruth Workshops is a registered charity and a social enterprise based in Ripon, North Yorkshire. We provide a productive workshop for adults with learning disabilities who gain work and life skills and a sense of pride from making and selling a wide range of everyday products. Any profit made from selling our products goes back into building up the Workshops for the public good. Our workers are involved in all stages of the process from the receipt of raw materials to selling their finished goods in an open, competitive market place. We sell our products online, via a catalogue (telephone ordering) and at a cross section of fairs and events throughout Yorkshire.

Nominations for the DOYCI Outstanding Leadership Award

Sali Harwood, Sheffield Working Women Opportunities Project [SWWOP] Women involved in prostitution are supported by SWWOP who provide intensive and practical help. This enables them to make informed choices about their lives and provides opportunities to leave prostitution. Sali Harwood worked in housing and domestic violence and started the project to combat HIV infection. She quickly realised that a holistic approach was required as the women’s needs were varied and complex in addition to whatever had driven them into prostitution in the first place. Sali has worked tirelessly for 23 years applying for funding annually to develop and maintain the project. She has put an immense effort into building up links with the police, primary care trust, police and crime commissioner, and other agencies such as: drug abuse, mental health, housing, sexual health child sex exploitation. In addition Sali has worked hard at developing links with firms, businesses, residents, the university, a local church, the medical school and other charities in the city. These have supported either in time, money, ‘looking out’ for the women in their area, advice and volunteers. Sali has also developed close links with two funeral directors who have helped when women who have been supported by SWWOP, and have no family, have died. Sali and some of the exit group have even carried the coffin to help reduce funeral costs. She has sat with a dying woman in hospital who had no family for several days and works with a female minister who will conduct funerals for them if required.

Sali is determined that the women should be shown respect and does everything possible to ensure this happens in all their dealings with SWWOP and other agencies. It is due to Sali’s determination, empathy and sheer hard work that SWWOP has been as successful as it has been. Some of the women have had short term help from other agencies, whereas SWWOP is there for the long term and has a holistic approach. SWWOP is a family to the women and much of this is due to Sali, who has ensured all the volunteers and workers are carefully selected and trained with the same ethos.

Sali has provided a safe environment and opportunities where the women can grow in confidence and not be judged. She has also ensured that those who work with SWWOP have the same principles and that the charity could continue its work without her if necessary.

Biniam (Bini) Araia, Investing in People and Culture (IPC) The IPC charity is a community led organisation founded by Mr Araia, originally a geologist from Eritrea who suffered as a political refugee/asylum seeker. Their and his cause is to provide support for those marginalised people including BME (black and minority ethnic communities), who have had similar hardships to him, IPC’s intention is for all to live a normal happy life. He is now an extremely enthusiastic and committed co-ordinator employee who wholeheartedly believes in himself, others and the IPC.

Bini’s creditability, dedication and motivation for the IPC cause has stimulated business and operational plans that have engendered continued support by numerous professional contacts in the business sector, charity community, political field, health and education sphere and the general public. Their involvement has provided IPC with irreplaceable financial and other resources strengthening succession planning and the organisations future continuity.

Having started with virtually nothing but the clothes he stood up in he is proud to have assisted in ‘assimilation for all groups of people’ and as evidence has successfully found employment and made Middlesbrough his home whilst living with his wife and 10 years old daughter.

His achievements include the REPOD (Resettlement Programme for Overseas Doctors) programme which has intentions to assimilate over thirty-eight refugee/asylum seekers/BME health professionals into the NHS and they are well on the way to reaching this. In order to help more people his aspirations include using his contacts to find larger local premises to work from and I believe with his enthusiasm he is more than capable of influencing others to achieve this.

Barrie Doyle, Grassington Hub Barrie is an experienced businessman with decades of service also in the voluntary sector who has not only introduced best practice systems and procedures to the Grassington Hub, but has taken the organisation to a new level by enlivening and enthusing the trustees and volunteers into taking more responsibilities and roles by acknowledging common goals and identifying pathways to achieve them.
His gift is his clarity of vision which he imparts to others in a relaxed and friendly manner. He has a simple philosophy: “Be nice to each other; have fun: and I’m not wearing a suit!” His leadership style is very inspirational, yet understated and he leads by example, giving of his time generously and consulting with all the volunteers to ensure that everyone is happy with the direction the organisation is going. The volunteers and users all know and love him which is testimony to his charismatic approach.