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CREATE wins Prime Minister’s Big Society Award

CREATE - a not-for-profit company in Yorkshire which delivers innovative training and employment opportunities for people who have been homeless, marginalised or vulnerable - is the second winner of the Prime Minister's Big Society Award.

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CREATE - a not-for-profit company in Yorkshire which delivers innovative training and employment opportunities for people who have been homeless, marginalised or vulnerable - is the second winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award.

The Prime Minister said:

Congratulations to CREATE on becoming a Big Society Award winner.

They are an excellent organisation working in the heart of Yorkshire where their staff and volunteers help rebuild lives and support some of the most vulnerable people in our community develop their skills and find employment.

Their dedication and innovative approach makes a real difference to the people of Leeds and they are a proud example of the Big Society I want to see across the UK.

CREATE CEO Sarah Dunwell said:

We believe that big problems require big and bold solutions. Create works across the public, corporate and third sectors to deliver real change in people’s lives. We are honoured to play our part in The Big Society.

More on CREATE

CREATE has been operating for over 3 years in Leeds and is a social enterprise providing training and employment opportunities for vulnerable adults.  It was set up in response to the needs of homeless people and the majority of its staff and volunteers have also experienced sleeping rough or are ex-offenders. It is a great example of the Big Society at work offering a range of services that add value to public services. CEO Sarah Dunwell recently won the Yorkshire Forward Ladies’ Business Woman of the Year 2010 in Leeds.

You can find out more about CREATE at: 

More on the Big Society Awards

The Prime Minister recently launched a new weekly award that recognises the best examples of the Big Society in action taking place all around the country.

As well as celebrating the fantastic work already being carried out across the country, the Prime Minister hopes that the Big Society Awards will inspire many more people to get involved in their community.

The Prime Minister said:

There are some amazing projects and remarkable voluntary work going on in towns and cities up and down the country, by all kinds of organisations from large enterprises to tiny grassroots schemes and inspirational individuals.

These awards are a chance to pay tribute to those making a valuable contribution to their community, the real champions of the Big Society, but perhaps more importantly, I hope they will motivate many others to take action, get involved and drive change in their area.

Individuals, businesses, charities, community groups and other organisations are all eligible if they illustrate the Big Society in action.

These might be:

  • people or groups who are bringing their community together and helping to give people more power to take decisions and shape their area
  • people who are transforming our public services, staff setting up their own cooperatives, or new providers or frontline staff finding innovative ways to deliver better services to the public
  • or people who are giving their time and money to help others, the unsung heroes changing lives in every neighbourhood of the country.

People can submit nominations via the website form.  Nominees will then go through a selection process which will eventually involve a panel of previous winners and individuals from civil society organisations, Government and the private sector.

Award winners will receive a certificate from the Prime Minister and will be invited to a regular Big Society Award Winners Reception at Downing Street.

Read more: Nominate a Big Society Award winner 

Published 30 November 2010