In April we excitedly announced that we had made the 21 charity strong shortlist in the UK Charity Governance Awards. We went head to head with two fantastic charities in our Improving Impact category, Treloar Trust and the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital.
On Wednesday 24th May 2017, we were invited to the awards reception where we won the Improving Impact Award. In addition to the recognition of the impact Step by Step is delivering to young people and the communities in which we are operating, a £5,000 grant was also awarded to support our work. We are one of six charities from across the UK that complete the winners list in all seven categories.
This award recognises the excellent work Step by Step's Board have undertaken in leading the organisation to drive impact up over the last few years. The judges commented on being very impressed by the 450% growth we've achieved over the last five years. They described the mix of qualitative and quantitative impact data, alongside regular contact with young people, as "hard to fault".
Amanda Dubarry, Chief Executive said, "The quality of the shortlisted candidates across the seven award categories was quite humbling and it was inspiring to meet so many amazing people from the sector at the event. The evening started with an insightful opening speech from Sir Vince Cable, and was hosted by the Clothworkers' Company and held in the beautiful Clothworkers' Hall and. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and well run event and we are absolutely delighted to have won national recognition for the impact we are achieving with young people and our communities."
We are expecting to work with over 1930 young people and family members during 2017-18, and to reach a further 5000 young people through our preventative peer education work.
Amanda went on to say, "Perhaps most importantly this award will lend credibility to bids and applications and will help us to continue to grow both our reputation and our service offering to young people."
Michael Howell, Chair of the Trusteeship Committee at the award organisers The Clothworkers' Company, said, "Congratulations to our outstanding winners - they provide the charity sector with sterling examples of what can be achieved with excellent governance... Highly-skilled trustees, diverse boards and their innovative use of digital technology are all areas that the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities has recommended as a focus for the sector. Therefore, we are delighted that our winners provide real-life examples of how that can be achieved."