Hackney Works runner up in Charity Times Award

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ELBA is very excited that Hackney Works was announced a runner up in the Corporate Community Local Involvement category at the Charity Times Awards 2018.

Louise Muller and Joey Carey from ELBA were joined by the Hackney Works funders Rebecca Leake from Linklaters, Kate Ashworth from Societe Generale and Patsy Francis from UBS at the Charity Times Awards dinner at the Park Plaza Westminister. The prestigious event on 3rd October, hosted by comedian Holly Walsh, celebrated best practice in the UK charity and not for profit sector. The annual Charity Times Awards (currently in its 19th year) aims to contribute towards raising the standards of charity management, promote and raise the profile of the sector and recognise excellence in the field.

The Hackney Works programme was shortlisted for an award in the Corporate Community Local Involvement category alongside National Literacy Trust and British Land, The Change Foundation and Investec, and Trees for Cities and Tideway. Although we were sad not to win, we want to congratulate British Land and National Literacy Trust for winning the award. Congratulations to UBS who won the Social Investment Initiative award with City Bridge Trust and to Barclays, Catch 22 and The Prince’s Trust for winning the Corporate National Partnership of the Year with a Financial Institution, all of who are doing fantastic work in partnership. We were hugely impressed by all the fantastic work being done in the sector.

Hackney Works began in 2010 and was designed to address key issues affecting the borough. These included supporting the socioeconomic regeneration to accompany the physical regeneration in the area, supporting the voluntary and community sector (VCS) that had become under increased pressure from public funding cuts, and supporting local residents facing high unemployment and rent fees, to increase their employability skills. By the end of the project in December 2017, 1915 beneficiaries and 127 organisations had been supported to develop through over 1000 employee volunteers sharing their time and skills.

A big thanks goes to the funders, Linklaters, Societe Generale and UBS, who after supporting Hackney Works for many years are now partners in the Hackney East programme which started in January 2018. We hope we have more opportunities for awards in the future with the Hackney East programme!

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