The YOU Trust, which provides an advice service for Portsmouth City Council, has made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.
The YOU Trust has been shortlisted in the Advice, Support and Campaigning category for its Advice Portsmouth service which aims to provide free, independent and confidential advice on debt, welfare benefits, housing, employment and family issues. Advice Portsmouth, funded by the council, is based in Kingston Crescent, Portsmouth and last year supported a record number of over 13,000 people.
The Charity Awards is the sector’s most highly-regarded excellence recognition scheme. All 30 shortlisted charities this year have been judged by an independent panel of sector leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice from which other organisations can learn.
The 10 category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a ceremony and dinner on Thursday 9 June at the Mermaid Theatre in London’s Blackfriars. The black-tie evening will be hosted by former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull, who will be joined by representatives of the shortlisted charities, alongside senior figures from the charity and civil society sector, and a smattering of celebrities from the worlds of theatre, television, music and sport.
Tania Mason, editorial director at Civil Society Media which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated The YOU Trust on making the highly-coveted shortlist. She said:
“We had a record number of entries this year, and the standard was particularly high, so The YOU Trust should be very proud to have made the shortlist. For 16 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do, and the rigorous judging process ensures that only the very best-run charities make it through. We wish The YOU Trust the very best of luck on the night.”
John Low, chief executive of Charities Aid Foundation, overall partner of the Charity Awards, said:
“CAF exists to support the amazing work of charities. Anyone looking to see some of the impressive ways in which charities make a difference would only need to take a look at the shortlisted nominees for this year’s Charity Awards. These are shining examples of charities at their very best, showing determined leadership and constantly innovating to support people in communities across the UK and beyond. It has been a difficult year for the charity sector and there are important lessons to take away from this. But it is no less vital that we continue to celebrate the success of charities which make such a difference to people’s lives in so many different ways. Recognising the achievements of charities, like those in this year’s shortlist, is a crucial part of how we continue to maintain and build a proud culture of caring for others and selfless generosity in Britain.”
Nicola Youern, the Chief Executive of The YOU Trust, said:
"The YOU Trust is honoured to have been shortlisted for this award. The whole team at Advice Portsmouth have worked so hard over the last four years to provide an advice service that really matters to the people of Portsmouth. We help up to 90 people a day at our free, no appointment service, and work to continuously improve what we do."