We’re very excited to announce that Basis Yorkshire have won the prestigious GSK Impact Award, for the support it provides to women sex workers and young people being, or at risk of being, sexually exploited. This national award is run with The King’s Fund that recognises excellence in charities improving health and wellbeing in their communities. We beat more than 400 organisations from all over the UK and will be receiving £30,000 funding as part of the prize, as well as expert support and development. The prize will be awarded on Thu. 18 May 2017, in a ceremony in London, along with nine other GSK IMPACT Award winners.
Gemma Scire: CEO of Basis Yorkshire, said: “It’s an immense privilege to see the hard work of our organisation recognised like this. Our staff are absolutely committed to providing a non-judgemental approach, offering support tailored to the women and young peoples’ needs, and working closely with local partners, supported by staff and trustees. This award is testament to their dedication and willingness to go beyond the call of duty. We’re proud of the difference we make to people’s lives, no matter how challenging the situation may be.”
Lisa Weaks, Head of Third Sector at The King’s Fund, said: “Basis Yorkshire is a small charity with a track record of big achievements. It’s developed an effective partnership with the police and has been commendably proactive at reaching women who may find it hard to access services. Basis Yorkshire is certainly a worthy winner of a GSK IMPACT Award, as it’s an immensely impressive organisation undertaking extremely challenging work and having a positive impact on some of the most vulnerable women and young people in the local community.”
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More info can be found her: http: www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/gsk-impact-awards