2015 Charity Achievement Awards Final

Autism NI have won the award for Championing Change at the Charity Awards UK final, beating competition from England, Wales and the Channel Islands.

Autism NI were presented with the award at Banking Hall, the historic London Headquarters of Lloyds Bank, in London as part of the first ever awards organised by the Foundation to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Autism NI have spent years campaigning to bring in legal recognition of the condition that culminated in the Autism Act (NI) 2011.

The UK judging panel was impressed with how Autism Northern Ireland worked effectively with other organisations to create change.  “Their strategy remit was clear and they lobbied for years for autism legislation which culminated in the passing of the Autism Act 2011. Their impact on changing legislation was inspiring, through this legislation they have made a profound positive difference to the lives of individuals who have autism and their families,” the panel stated.

The UK-wide awards recognised the work of outstanding small and medium-sized charities, which have benefited from grants from the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland and other Lloyds Bank Foundations of England, Wales and the Channel Islands. Since the launch in 1985 the Foundations have distributed over £575m to charities in communities across the UK helping to tackle disadvantage.

Autism NI has been supported by Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland since 1997 and has received funding on 17 occasions to support its work.

Two of our regional winners also picked up a Highly Recommended. They were:

For Outstanding Impact, Foyle Search and Rescue patrols the River Foyle in times of need, engaging with people in distress and recovering bodies from the river. They provide an emergency response service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since 1993, they have prevented over 2,568 suicides, recovered 126 bodies and helped reduce the number of drownings per year from 25 to 4.

“This was an amazing story – this charity was able to step in and change people’s lives.  We were impressed by the role of the volunteers and the impact this group has had on the community and the success of their crisis intervention,” the UK judging panel stated.

For Enterprising Collaboration, The Council for the Homeless was commended for their work in collaborating with the large supermarkets, Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s and Asda to provide food which would have otherwise been thrown out. The food is distributed to 70 charities across Northern Ireland ensuring that the food doesn’t go to waste and instead goes to people who are in need.

The judges were impressed with the reach of the organisation delivering food to so many charities across Northern Ireland and its collaboration with 30 suppliers including three major supermarkets.

To find the full list of winners and runners up go to http://tinyurl.com/q2c2wzd

Championing Change Halifax Foundation - Autism NI from Halifax Foundation on Vimeo.


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