2008 has been a successful, if challenging, year for the Third Sector. With the onset of a recession, it seems that now, more than ever before, the work carried out by charities, voluntary and community groups and social enterprise is vital, with its influence felt at every level of society. The Sector’s innovative and adaptable nature is undoubtedly key to its continued success and growing relevance – always ready to rise to a challenge, this year has seen organisations become greener, work together in unusual partnerships, shake up their grant-making and invest in research.
Nowhere are these facts more evident than in the results of the Third Sector Excellence Awards 2008.
The Sector’s ability to produce small organisations that work effectively yet modestly at a community level is proved by Small Charity, Big Achiever award winner, Storybook Dads – an initiative that helps prisoners record CDs of themselves reading bedtime stories to their children.
The Sector’s characteristically quick response to changing social and economic climates is typified by another award winner – Elizabeth Finn Care. This organisation, set up to work with those living below the poverty line, fearlessly adapted their grant programmes and services as soon as the economic crisis struck and, as a result, has maintained its relevance and impact throughout 2008.
The Sector’s enthusiasm for working in partnership with a range of organisations, particularly those from the public sector, can be noted in Battersea Arts Centre’s blossoming relationship with Wandsworth Council, which scooped the Public Sector Partnership award.
The Sector can also be enterprising, as demonstrated by another award winner, Youth Net. Youth Net is the first exclusively online charity and offers advice for young people. 2008 saw it turn over a very respectable profit with minimal outlay.
For more information about the Third Sector Excellence Awards 2008 and a list of all the other winners, visit:
Source: Third Sector