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