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  • Writer's pictureGerry Monaghan

NOW Group wins at the Charity Awards 2021

NOW Group is delighted to announce that it has taken the top prize in the Disability category at this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.

We have won the award for the work of our Family Service, which supports new and expectant parents that have a learning disability or autism. Its crisis prevention model has proved highly successful at keeping families together and enabling children to be de-registered from the Child Protection Register.

Alongside the nine other category winners, three winners of the Rathbones Covid-19 Response Awards and the recipient of the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, NOW Group was presented with its trophy in an online ceremony broadcast live on Thursday 10 June, hosted by writer, comedian and political commentator Ayesha Hazarika.

The winning gong in NOW Group HQ

The Charity Awards shortlist is chosen by an independent panel of expert judges, themselves all eminent figures in the charity sector. The judges score each entry against six Hallmarks of Excellence before coming together – by videolink, this year –for two days of challenge and discussion to select the winners.

Matt Nolan, chief executive of Civil Society Media which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated NOW Group on winning the highly-coveted award. He said:

“For 21 years the Charity Awards have been recognising and celebrating the fantastic work that large and small charities do up and down the UK every day of the week.

“After putting the awards programme on ice last year while we waited to see how the pandemic played out, we felt the time was right again to recognise charities and celebrate their great work. NOW Group is an outstanding example of charities’ essential role in identifying and plugging gaps in services for communities with specific needs, and thoroughly deserves this award.”

Andy Pitt, head of charities – London, at Overall Awards Partner Rathbone Investment Management, said:

“The Charity Awards celebrate leadership, good governance, innovation and excellence. As investment managers we do everything we can to support the work that the sector does and promoting best practice is an important part of our relationship with charities.”

“The past year has brought huge challenges for the charity sector, but it has also highlighted the importance of its contribution, without which people around the world would be significantly weakened. We are delighted to support these awards and to honour the brilliant work of UK charities large and small.”

Pauline Fitzsimons, Director of Operations of NOW Group, said:

“I am so proud of the incredible work our Family Service team does with our participants and this award is richly deserved. I would like to thank our funders for their support of our programmes – the National Lottery Community Fund, Nationwide Building Society, Community Foundation NI, Public Health Agency NI and Barclays. Our work to support people with learning disabilities and autism in their early years as parents will continue to make a real impact on so many lives.”

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