Charity for vulnerable women on Teesside nominated for National Diversity Award

Tonight, the nation's community heroes tackling issues faced by today's society, will be honoured at a prestigious ceremony.

The National Diversity Awards are to celebrate the new generation of positive role models in the UK.

Outreach and prevention charity, A Way Out, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Community Organisation Award for Gender category.

The charity aims to engage, empower and equip vulnerable and excluded women, families and young people to live lives free from harm, abuse and exploitation and to reduce life-limiting choices and behaviour.

  • A Way Out CEO, Sarah McManus says they support women in reconnecting with family, friends and the community

Here are some of the projects the charity carries out in our region:

The Liberty Project is the only specialist holistic support provider working with on-street sex workers in the Tees Valley area. The Liberty project delivers an outreach, engagement and recovery service to adult women with complex needs, who are drug and alcohol dependent, socially isolated and involved in survival sex work.

The Blossom project works with young women aged 16-24 years, who experience multiple disadvantages, to build emotional resilience and to encourage positive life choices, with the aim of preventing young women being vulnerable to exploitation and abuse and progressing into survival sex work. The Youth project works with children aged 8-12 years. It provides a safe environment in which children experiencing social and emotional difficulties can learn new skills, practise positive behaviour and build self-confidence and competency.

The Family project works with the whole family in an intensive and motivational way, supporting and empowering disadvantaged families to discover new skills and confidence and to build resilience to effect sustainable positive change.

The full list of nominated finalists for the Community Organisation Award for Gender category are:

  • The Female Lead

  • Inspire Women OldhamAndys Man Club

  • Southall Black Sisters

  • A Way Out

  • Love Her Wild

  • Against All Odds Still Standing

  • Leeds Dads

How to watch:

The event at Liverpool Cathedral will be streamed on the ITV News YouTube channel from 9pm.