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October 29, 2014

An evening celebrating unsung heroes at the CSJ Awards

Set up by Iain Duncan Smith ten years ago, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Awards celebrate the work of charitable trusts, small voluntary groups and other local projects that display innovation and effectiveness in addressing the root causes of poverty, turning lives around and reversing social breakdown. The evening was attended by 350 guests, including TV presenter Dan Snow and cricketer Allan Lamb. Prime Minister David Cameron, who made an appearance via video link, showed his support by saying, “Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. I look forward to working together on these crucial issues.”

Deutsche Bank Born to Be Award

As part of Born to Be, Deutsche Bank recently supported a widely publicised policy report on educational reform, published by the CSJ and developed in partnership with industry experts including head teachers, academy trusts and leading education charities.

This year, for the first time, a Deutsche Bank Born to Be Award for £10,000 was presented to a charity displaying excellence in helping young people to fulfil their potential. The Award recipient was The Big House (TBH), which provides a creative, supportive space to help young people leaving care to overcome traumas experienced in childhood and gain the skills and confidence to turn their lives around. Through drama, mentoring and life skills interventions TBH works with care leavers aged 16-25, helping them to make the complex transition from 'looked-after' child to independent adult. The Award was presented by actor, film director and screen writer, Lord Julian Fellowes. By highlighting these leading social initiatives, the CSJ Awards aim to shine a light onto the effects of poverty and the life-changing results that interventions can affect.


Entertainment was provided by a fabulous youth group singing a cappella and a young man’s poetry inspired first by his life in a gang and then by falling in love, which led him away from a life of misery.


For more information on the CSJ Awards and all the winners, please click here.





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