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Cyfannol Women’s Aid shortlisted for the Charity Awards 2022 

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We are delighted to announce that we have made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.

Cyfannol Women’s Aid has been shortlisted in the Social Care, Advice and Support category for its Assertive Outreach project, which works alongside Gwent Police to provide support to victims of domestic abuse at the point of crisis.

The Charity Awards is the sector’s most highly-regarded excellence recognition scheme. All 30 shortlisted charities this year have been judged by an independent panel of sector leaders as having demonstrated best practice in leadership and management, from which other organisations can learn.

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund’s People and Places Programme, the Assertive Outreach project grew out of a successful pilot, which found that individuals experiencing domestic abuse engage more with police officers when a support worker is present. Support workers are based at police stations with officers and attend domestic abuse call outs, giving a joint response to incidents of domestic abuse.

The Charity Awards, which announces its shortlist today (11 May), is the charity world’s longest-running, biggest and best-known awards ceremony. This year’s charities have been judged by an independent panel of charity leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice in leadership and management, from which other organisations can learn.

The ten category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a black-tie dinner on 16 June, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

The evening will be hosted by broadcaster and commentator Ayesha Hazarika, who will be joined on the night by a host of celebrities, representatives of the shortlisted charities, as well as leaders from Britain’s best known and best loved charities.

Helen Swain, Chief Executive of Cyfannol Women’s Aid, said:

“It is an honour to be shortlisted for this award and I am delighted that the Assertive Outreach team are being recognised for their hard work and dedication in supporting victims of domestic abuse across Gwent. We are proud of the innovative approach of this project, which bridges the gap between the police and support services, demonstrating the power of partnership working and the impact of prioritising victims’ individual needs.”

David Broadway, Head of Criminal Justice Services at Gwent Police, said:

“Supporting victims of crime is an integral part of serving the communities of Gwent. Services such as the Assertive Outreach team provide much-needed physical and emotional support for those who are victims of domestic abuse. This recognition is a testament to the work of the team and their commitment to being there for victims, often in their darkest hour.”

Matthew Nolan, chief executive of Civil Society Media, which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated Cyfannol Women’s Aid on making the highly coveted shortlist. He said:

“The breadth and quality of the work being done by charities across the UK continues to astonish. Cyfannol Women’s Aid should be very proud to have made the shortlist.

“For 22 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do. Our rigorous judging process highlights those charities with the most innovative ideas and the most effective approaches to delivering real change.

“All the nominees on this year’s shortlist are examples of large and small charities who are truly leaders in their field. I wish Cyfannol Women’s Aid the very best of luck on the night.”

Peter Hugh Smith, chief executive at CCLA, Overall Partner of the Charity Awards, said:

“The Charity Awards celebrate the pinnacle of charitable endeavour and this year’s entries are no exception. CCLA is delighted to support the Awards and to help promote the fantastic work that the sector is doing across the UK. We wish Cyfannol Women’s Aid the very best of luck.”

The Shortlist 2022:

Arts, Culture & Heritage

  • Centre for Ageing Better
  • Immediate Theatre
  • Services for Education

Campaigning & Advocacy

  • Surviving Economic Abuse
  • Tommy’s
  • Turn2us

Children & Youth

  • Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice
  • New Horizon Youth Centre
  • Place2Be


  • Brain Injury Matters (NI)
  • Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs
  • Pure Innovations

Education & Training

  • Action Tutoring
  • MyBnk
  • World Jewish Relief

Environment & Conservation

  • FareShare UK
  • In Kind Direct
  • YHA England & Wales

Grantmaking & Funding

  • Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Smallwood Trust

Healthcare & Medical Research

  • Dentaid
  • Ovacome
  • St John Ambulance

International Aid & Development

  • The Lotus Flower
  • Pump Aid
  • Tea Leaf Trust

Social Care, Advice & Support

  • Back on the Map
  • Cyfannol Women’s Aid
  • Ripple Suicide Prevention

The panel of judges for 2022 is:

  • Su Sayer OBE
  • Rachel Cockett, director of development, Birmingham Museums Trust
  • Ruth Davison, chief executive, Refuge
  • Martin Edwards, chief executive, Julia’s House
  • Sarah Ellis, director of digital development, Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Yvonne Field, founder and CEO, the Ubele Initiative
  • Richard Hawkes, chief executive, British Asian Trust
  • Kris Murali, director of finance and resources, the Scout Association
  • Cathy Phelan-Watkins, owner and director, Civil Society Media
  • Shane Ryan, global executive director, the Avast Foundation
  • Sharika Sharma, head of business development, CCLA
  • Chris Sherwood, chief executive, RSPCA
  • Priya Singh, chair, NCVO
  • Paul Streets, chief executive, Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales
  • Nicola Toyer, head of charities, Investec
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