Hounslow Council and Volunteering Matters have shown that they are among the best in the country after picking up a national award at this year’s National Charity Awards
Published: Monday, 18th June 2018
Entering its nineteenth year, the Charity Awards continues to recognise those charities that are innovative, exemplify best practice, and deliver sustainable benefit to communities and society in general.
Volunteering Matters, a national charity leading volunteering in the UK, won the category ‘social care, advice and support’ for their Grandmentors programme to support care leavers.
Grandmentors is an innovative project harnessing the energy, skills and experience of volunteers over the age of 50, to support and mentor young people boost their confidence to find work, stay on in education or take up training. It has been delivered by Volunteering Matters since 2009, and since 2014 in Hownslow
Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, said: “With youth unemployment nearing record levels, hundreds of young people across Hounslow are struggling to find work. For many, however, there are additional barriers preventing them from achieving their goals. Many young people we support do not have positive adult role models around them, others need to find their path in life, when all they need is a bit of extra support – which the mentoring scheme offers.
“I am extremely pleased that Volunteering Matters were short-listed and won. I would like to thank everyone in Hounslow’s Corporate Parenting Team for the programme and to the social workers and personal advisers who identify young people who may benefit from this programme and to the mentors who give up free time to support young people leaving care on their journey to independence.”
The Charity Awards are judged by a respected panel from the voluntary sector, each of them leaders in their own fields with years of experience of leading and managing civil society organisations. The judges assess each entry against Hallmarks of Excellence and attributes that should be present in any successful project.
Guests on the evening were greeted by a red carpet entrance, drinks reception upon arrival, followed by a three-course meal and then the evening of awards and celebrations.