Older Citizens Advocacy York announced as Winner in Charity Governance Awards 2020

The winners of the UK Charity Governance Awards 2020 were announced yesterday evening (21 May 2020) via a special online ceremony. Seven charities share the £35,000 prize pot, each winning a £5,000 unrestricted grant.

Big winners on the night included Older Citizens Advocacy York. Stories of all of the winning charities, and the shortlisted entrants, can be found at http://www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk.

Susan Hannon, Chair of Trustees said, ‘Listening to our clients is at the heart of our advocacy service and is the driver of the changes we have made to develop more evidence based measures and increase the impact we have on the lives of older people in our community. This award for effective governance recognises the commitment of our exceptional team of trustees, staff and volunteers as well as the trust and support of our funders and community partners. The feedback from the judges and the public recognition this award brings will contribute to our future sustainability.

We are so proud of the work of the whole team – volunteers and staff – involved in delivering OCAY’s advocacy service to older people in our York community. Over the last few years, we have worked hard to further strengthen the excellent work of this much needed charity to make it sustainable for the future.’

Ruth Potter Charity Manager said, ‘This work has really paid off in terms of being able to continue to offer a service during the Covid-19 crisis and know that we make such an impact. To receive recognition of our work on effective governance by winning this award is a wonderful boost to our team of volunteers.’

Michael Jarvis, who chairs the Awards for the organisers The Clothworkers’ Company, said, “Congratulations to all the winners – and the shortlisted candidates should also be proud – every year we are hugely impressed by the commitment, creativity and ingenuity shown by charity boards and their trustees.

“Those exceptional skills and ideas have never been more needed than now, as we face the impact of the pandemic. Tonight’s winners, like so many in the charity sector, are at the forefront of providing support to those affected, and the wider economic situation will pose great challenges for most in the coming months. But sharing best practice and brilliant ideas has always aided the sector, so I hope that we can all weather this difficult time and emerge stronger through learning and collaboration.”

Case studies of all the winners and runners-up are shared on the Awards website, www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk, under the section ‘Shortlist and Winners’.