Warwickshire Vision Support shortlisted for UK Charity Governance Awards 2021

(9 April 2021 5:24 am)

Warwickshire Vision Support has been shortlisted at the UK-wide Charity Governance Awards 2021 for the Board Equity, Diversity and Inclusion award.

After receiving hundreds of submissions, Warwickshire Vision Support is one of just three organisations to be shortlisted for this award, with the winners scheduled to be announced on the 27th May 2021 via a special online presentation hosted by The Clothworker’s company in London.

We are unbelievably proud to be shortlisted at the Charity Governance Awards. As chair, it has been immensely important to me that we be inclusive, equitable and celebrate diversity across all levels of the organisation, and our board of trustees is no exception. Today, ranging from their mid-20’s to mid-70’s and from various backgrounds, more than half of our Board of Trustees have experience of a visual impairment or disability. 

I believe that having a strong and accurate representation of the people you serve within your organisation is critical for any charity that wants to deliver their service effectively, and I am truly delighted to be working alongside a group of such dedicated and talented individuals”. – Liz Theibe, Chair, Warwickshire Vision Support

Michael Jarvis, who chairs the Awards steering panel on behalf of The Clothworkers’ Company, said, “Congratulations to all our shortlisted candidates – it has been especially satisfying to hear that such determination, compassion and ingenuity have arisen through the difficulties of the past year. And I’m delighted to see some previous runners-up and winners coming through again so strongly. Achieving brilliance at board level once is commendable, but to remain brilliant and continue to innovate and improve, particularly during a global pandemic, is remarkable.

“This year we have a category specifically dedicated to responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even so, all of the shortlisted charities share tales of how they successfully navigated this difficult crisis or other challenges they have faced. All on the shortlist should be proud that they continued to meet their charitable objectives and serve their beneficiaries at a time when they were needed most. I urge all charities to read these stories of great governance on our website – everyone can learn and be inspired by these boards, helping us all come back stronger as we deal with the pandemic and its aftermath for years to come.”

This year’s ‘new look’ Awards feature refreshed categories and a new award recognising exemplary responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. A place on the shortlist has also secured each of the charities a paid one-year membership of the Association of Chairs for their board, and a complimentary training place on a Cause4 Trustee Leadership Programme for new members of their boards.

For the Charity Governance Awards, The Clothworkers’ Company – a City of London livery company that supports trusteeship initiatives – is partnered with not-for-profit consultancy NPC (New Philanthropy Capital), third sector recruitment specialists Prospectus, and the trustee/volunteer-matching charity Reach Volunteering. 

You can read more about Warwickshire Vision Support’s shortlisting here: https://www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk/short-list/warwickshire-vision-support/

You can also follow the awards on Twitter via @CharityGovAward or by using the hashtag #CharityGov21. Winners will be announced during the virtual ceremony in May and on the website following the event. For information on the shortlist, award categories and more visit www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk. 

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