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CSJ Awards 2012

The Centre for Social Justice’s annual Awards ceremony took place last week, gathering together over 250 people to celebrate and congratulate the superb work carried out by outstanding voluntary sector organisations.

The winners were selected for their capacity to lift people out of poverty and dependence and into a life of freedom and independence. Awards were given in each of the following categories: family breakdown, educational failure, worklessness, serious personal debt and addiction as well as a community impact award, a media award and an international award.

The winners were:

  • MyBnk, which teaches children financial literacy and enterprise skills;
  • Startup, helping ex-offenders to start their own businesses;
  • My Time, a mental health charity focused on families in Birmingham;
  • Twenty Twenty, an inspiring and energetic organisation that combats the trend of exclusion and educational failure in Loughborough;
  • Kickstart, a charity based in Sheffield that transforms the lives of those addicted to drugs or alcohol;
  • Impact Arts, a Scottish social enterprise that uses the arts to change lives;
  • The London Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund and its Campaigns Editor David Cohen;
  • Pastor José Antonio Galván, a Mexican Pastor who works with addicts, the mentally ill and homeless on the outskirts of Juarez, one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

The awards were presented by June Sarpong, David Laws MP, Alastair Campbell, Josh Lewsey, Jonathan Aitken, Iain Duncan-Smith and Ian Hislop, and the event was hosted by Victoria Hollins.

We are extremely grateful to all of our sponsors: Pears Foundation, The Badenoch Trust, eBay, Legg Mason, Julie and Hugh Lenon, Manpower Group and the Telegraph Media Group. Particular thanks to J.P.Morgan Asset Management for once again so generously hosting this event.

The evening provided the perfect opportunity to showcase the truly inspiring work carried out by such grassroots organisations.

Read more in the Evening Standard and on the CSJ’s website.