Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that our charity has been selected as one of the Weston Charity Awards winners for 2018. Our Chair Aideen Blackborough and our CEO Ali Talbot collected the award at an Awards Ceremony at the ThinkTank in Birmingham hosted by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight.
Cerebral Palsy Sport is one of only 20 small charities that have been selected to receive a core grant of £6,500 and a year’s strategic planning support from Pilotlight as 2018 Weston Charity Awards winners. As the winners are announced, the Garfield Weston Foundation says small charities need support to focus on long-term planning to meet the challenge of rising demand against a backdrop of limited extra resources.
Image: Aideen Blackborough and Ali Talbot receiving the Weston Charity Award from Phillippa Charles, Director, Garfield Weston Foundation Director.
Image: Group photos of the 2018 Weston Charity Award winners at the ThinkTank, Birmingham
Nearly 200 applicants applied to the Awards, highlighting the demand for skills and leadership development from small charities on the frontline of delivering welfare, youth and community services to some of the most vulnerable people in society. Well over a third of applications came from charities focused on children and young people – an increase from just under a third in 2017. This increase indicates charity leaders from the youth sector, in particular, are seeking strategic support.
Aideen Blackborough, Chair of Cerebral Palsy Sport said:
“Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted that our charity’s work to support people with cerebral palsy to reach their life potential through sport has been recognised with a Weston Charity Award. We look forward to working with Pilotlight and the Garfield Weston Foundation to grow our services for the future.”
Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation which established the Weston Charity Awards said:
“Small charities have stepped up to deliver essential services in their communities and are extremely adept at being highly creative with limited resources. Their directors wear many hats as they juggle multiple roles.”
Initially set up in 2014 to celebrate and support great frontline charities in the North East of England, the Weston Charity Awards quickly expanded to the North West, the Midlands and, in 2018, Wales – areas identified by the Foundation as having the greatest need.
Gillian Murray, Chief Executive of Pilotlight, said:
“Large charities have been in the spotlight in recent months for the right and for the wrong reasons. Meanwhile, up and down the country small charities are quietly facing rising demands for their services. Our programme is an opportunity for the award winners to develop the skills they need to make the maximum impact, even as they are being stretched to capacity.”
The directors of the 20 winning charities will be matched with teams of senior business leaders for a programme of mentoring and coaching, to strengthen their organisations and increase impact.
The charity also receive £6,500 of unrestricted funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation to take part in the programme, as well as access to the advice and support of Pilotlight.