Winners 2009

Winners and Finalists WSL Awards 2009

The Women's Social leadership Award Winners were announced at SHINE09 in London on MAY 15th.

Finalists Category Networks and Campaigns

Kate Griggs
Kate Griggs for Xtraordinary People | WINNER

Xtraordinary People campaign tackles the lack of identification and support for dyslexia - the single largest reason for educatinal failure in schools. Over half of children leaving school unable to read, write and add up are dyslexic - yet with the right support these children can excel.
When Kate started XP, 5 years ago, the Government were making no specific provision for dyslexia and the leading charities were unable to make any inroads into Government whatsoever. As a direct result of her campaigning we have an official Government Review.
Kate set up Xtraordinary People uniting the leading dyslexic charities (British Dyslexia Association, Dyslexia Action, and PATOSS etc) in support of her campaign.
With backing from a host of famous and powerful dyslexic people like Richard Branson, Jamie Oliver, Orlando Bloom and Robbie Williams, who like Kate believe dyslexia can be an advantage - she set out to influence decision makers and to push for change. To create media attention and to bring the issue to the Government’s attention, Kate stood against the Education Secretary Ruth Kelly in the 2005 election from which a host of media appearances followed.

Libby Rees for her role as Youth Ambassador for Save the Children &

Libby ReesLibby works as the youth ambassador for Save the Children. She serves on the Cafcass youth panel to ensure children come first in the family courts and also is a member of the Global Youth Panel which has recently submitted a children's charter to Gordon Brown to discuss at the G20 summit. Libby this year alone has made speeches at No.10 Downing Street and also at Buckingham Palace. She is raising the profile of young campaigners and speaking out for those who are not able. She delivered 14,000 unbirthday cards to the PM in March to remind him that children in the UK are angry that nearly 10 million children around the world do not reach their 5th birthday.
Libby was 6 years old when her father walked out of the family home. She has been through the family court system and experienced many things that she felt should have been done differently. Instead of being bitter and resentful she joined the young people's board to improve the website, all the materials used by practitioners and has undergone peer mentoring training to support others. She started campaigning when she was 9 years old when she wrote a self help book called "Help, Hope and Happiness" and determined that monies from the book would be donated to the charity Save the Children.

Debbie Crew for "The Tenant's Dilemma"

Debbie CrewDebbie accidently became a campaigner in 2007 in response to visiting families in homes that were freezing cold and damp, where the tenant is too scared to complain, through fear of eviction. She began a local grass roots campaign to end retaliatory evictions as a lone voice from a small Citizen’s Advice Bureau. Within two years and with very few resources, she developed it into a national campaign. Along the way, she gathered support and joined forces in partnership with organisations such as: Shelter, Chartered Institute for Environmental Health, The Housing Ombudsman, and Child Poverty Action Group. The campaign was elevated to new heights when she received the Sheila Mckechnie Award 2007 which was presented by Gordon Brown in Downing Street.

Debbie in the process of developing the first on-line tenants organisation for people living in the private sector to give them a collective voice in Government policy.

Finalists Category Social Businesses

Ruth Churchill Dower from Early Arts UK | WINNERRuth Churchill Dower

Ruth runs Earlyarts, a social enterprise tackling the current dearth of high quality resources to suport the training needs of professionals working creatively with young children and families.

Under Ruth's direction, Earlyarts makes a difference by providing the bridge between the creative and early years sectors, driving up the quality of inspiring practice, establishing connections between research and policy, and brokering sustainable partnerships that explore new approaches to early learning. Earlyarts currently supports 4500 people through its Professional Development Days and ebulletin distribution, plus 51,000 professionals per month use the Earlyarts Resource Bank.

Catriona McPhee-Smith CEO Inspire (Scotland)

Inspire is one of Scotland's largest charities supporting around 650 children, young people and adults with learning disabilities. They operate over 60 services throughout Grampian ranging from 24 hour residential care, training for employment and activity schemes for children and young people. They help to break down many of the barriers and prejudices faced by those with learning disabilities in Scotland. They recently opened 2 social enterprise companies, Cafe Coast and Inspire Conferences which provide training in the hospitality industry.

Rikki ArundelRikki Arundel CEO Gendershift (Yorkshire and Humberside)

Gendershift is a social enterprise that tackles Gender inequality especially for those born with gender identity issues. They deliver transgender awareness workshops to the public and voluntary sector in Yorkshire and Humber primarily - but increasingly further afield, seminars, film nights, and publications to enable organisations to meet their responsibilities under the Gender Equality Duty. Rikki Arundel speaks professionally on diversity and empowerment and sits on various local, regional and national board addressing diversity and empowerment issues.
Rikki is also working on house share projects which we will be a model for other future developments.


Finalists Category Leaders in the Workplace

Cathy Elliott for Merseyside Young Transformers | WINNERCathy Elliott

Cathy created and led on the Merseyside Young Transformers (MYT) Programme since November 2007 which is her organisation's first issue-led fund campaign and the first campaign on this issue within the national Community Foundation Network, devised within her organisation. Given that eight of the twenty worst neighbourhoods in England are on Merseyside (IMD 2004), Cathy believes that it is essential to provide the positive experiences and activities necessary to keep young people away from crime.

With 10 years experience within the sector, Cathy is currently the Assistant Chief Executive of the Community Foundation for Merseyside and is heading up the Office of the Third Sector’s £3 million endowment challenge for Merseyside.

Allison Ogden-Newton for Social Enterprise London

Allison Ogden-Newton

By promoting the work of social enterprises at Regional, National and International level, Allison develops and grows businesses which address societies most pressing problems through the energy of enterprise. She achieves this through Social Enterprise London (SEL), a social enterprise that works with all the leading support agencies and Goverment bodies to support the UK's most vibrant network of social entrepreneurs, the London Social Enterprise Network.

SEL works with local National and Foreign Goverments to do more for those most in need through the increased use of social enterprise.
SEL developed social enterprise expertise that could achieve market value and enable them to bring social enterprise know-how to the market place independent of funding. SEL is now independent and sustainable. SEL has also carried the message about social enterprise around the world not only through their Journal but also through working with Goverment's such as the Japanese, Dutch and Vietnamese.

Lucy Findlay for R.I.S.E. and Social Enterprise Mark

Lucy FindlayLucy is the Chief Officer of RISE - the voice for South West Social Enterprise.
RISE supports the development of sustainable social enterprises in the region and Lucy is also the manager of the new and innovative Social Enterprise Mark. Lucy has been a key innovator in the development of The Social Enterprise Mark - a label which tells customers that a product or service comes from a social enterprise and is creating a social or environmental benefit. The Mark offers social enterprises a simple way to inform customers about the wider social or environmental impacts they offer and to take advantage of the business opportunities presented by an ever growing trend in ethical consumerism.


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