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I Choose Freedom shortlisted for UK Charity Governance Awards 2022

Press Release: I Choose Freedom (formerly RBWA) shortlisted for 'Covid-19 Response' Charity Governance Award 2022


RBWA shortlisted for UK Charity Governance Awards 2022

Surrey based charity I Choose Freedom (Formerly RBWA) has been shortlisted for the UK-wide Charity Governance Awards 2022, it has been announced. It is in the running for the Covid-19 Response: Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk for Long-term Change award which comes with a £5,000 unrestricted grant. I Choose Freedom is one of 16 charities from across the UK that has already secured £1,000 in unrestricted grant funding for making it onto the shortlist.

I Choose Freedom joins other nominated charities engaged in a diverse range of activities including employment for refugees; housing and assistance for people with mental health needs; education and support for disadvantaged children in the UK and abroad; help for female sex workers; and a women’s theatre group working in prisons and the community. The winners will be announced on 26 May at a live ceremony from Clothworkers’ Hall in London.

Quote from I Choose Freedom CEO Charlotte Kneer DL:

“We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for the Covid-19 Response: Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk for Long-term Change award. The Board and the team at I Choose Freedom worked tirelessly during the pandemic to open a new refuge and we have no doubt saved hundreds of lives. We don’t ever ask for or expect thanks but this recognition is very welcome”

Deepak Nambisan, who chairs the Awards for the organisers The Clothworkers’ Company, said, “Congratulations to all our shortlisted candidates – once again, the judges have had a tough job selecting the most outstanding entrants from a strong field. Although we have a category dedicated to the best response to the Covid pandemic, almost all of our shortlisted candidates have had to adapt and continue to support their beneficiaries throughout this challenging period. That in itself is remarkable.

“Entries for our Transforming with Digital award were particularly impressive. Therefore, our shortlist for this category is longer than usual simply due to the fact that the judges wanted to recognise the work of those deserving boards. As always, case studies from our shortlisted charities are available to view on our website, as part of our aim to share best practice and inspire the whole sector. I also look forward to meeting our shortlisted charities in person as we return to Clothworkers’ Hall for the first live awards ceremony since 2019.”

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 follow the awards on Twitter via @CharityGovAward or by using the hashtag #CharityGov22. Winners will be announced during the live ceremony in May and on the website following the event. For information on the shortlist, award categories and more visit www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk.

Editor Notes:


For more information or to request an interview with a spokesperson, please contact info@rbw-aid.org.uk for press.


Charity Governance Awards 2022 – Shortlist

(in alphabetical order; see www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk for all case studies and the following links for full charity details).


Board Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


●      Clean Break

●      Manchester Action on Street Health

●      Your Voice Counts


Improving Impact in Small Charities (0-3 paid staff)


●      Raising Futures Kenya

●      Teach Sri Lanka

●      The Halliday Foundation


Improving Impact in Small Charities (4-30 paid staff)


●      Little Lives

●      The Cowshed


Covid-19 Response: Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk for Long-term Change


●      Khulisa

●      Quo Vadis Trust

●      Reigate and Banstead Women's Aid


Transforming With Digital


●      Age UK Hammersmith and Fulham

●      Breaking Barriers

●      LGBT Scotland

●      Missing People

●      You Turn Futures


-I Choose Freedom (Formerly Reigate and Banstead Women’s Aid)-


●       Website

●      ‘What we do’

●      Social Media




About The Clothworkers’ Company

The Clothworkers’ Company is one of the Great XII Livery Companies in the City of London. It was founded almost 500years ago as a trade association for the cloth finishing industry. Today, Clothworkers’ mission is to inspire and empower individuals and communities through action, partnership and financial support. We are particularly focused on UK textiles, charity governance, and philanthropy – through The Clothworkers’ Foundation and beyond. One of The Company’s objects is to improve charity governance across the UK; to that end livery company has developed this partnership and sponsored the Charity Governance Awards for seven years, made charitable contributions to partners supporting trustees across the third sector, and encourages its own members to take on trustee or volunteer roles.

About NPC (New Philanthropy Capital)

NPC (New Philanthropy Capital) is a charity think tank and consultancy which occupies a unique position at the nexus between charities and funders, helping them achieve the greatest impact. It is driven by the values and mission of the charity sector, to which it brings the rigour, clarity and analysis needed to achieve the better outcomes that we all seek. NPC also shares the motivations and passion of funders, to whom NPC brings its expertise, experience and track record of success.



About Prospectus

Prospectus is a specialist recruitment consultancy and recruitment advertising and design agency working exclusively with the beyond profit sector. It offers a range of recruitment services leading to appointments at every level, from temporary administrator up to chief executive or board roles.



About Reach Volunteering

Reach Volunteering connects up social purpose organisations with people who want to donate their skills. Every year, hundreds of organisations recruit trustees and volunteers with expertise through our service.



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