14 Dec 2017

Welsh charities could win £6,500 and a year’s free leadership coaching. That’s the prize awaiting each of the 20 winners of this year’s Weston Charity Awards which launch for the first time in Wales today.

The awards are open to any charity with an annual income of less than £5 million that provides frontline services in the fields of community, welfare and youth. According to online directory Charitychoice.co.uk, there are 7,977 charities operating across Wales and the organisers are keen to hear from the nation's most ambitious small charities.

Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation which established the Weston Charity Awards said:

"Small charities are the lifeblood of Wales, helping people of all ages overcome a range of issues.  Charities tell us they urgently require leadership and strategy support to ensure they are able to keep doing what they do well. That's why we are asking people across Wales to tell charities that mean a lot to them about the Weston Charity Awards. We're offering charities a helping hand so they can continue to help your community in the years to come."

New research by the Weston Charity Awards among leaders of small and medium sized charities shows Welsh charities expect to do more with less in 2018, highlighting the importance of support for the sector.  A handful of charity leaders based in Newport, Cardiff and Swansea responded. The results revealed 60% of Welsh charity leaders surveyed expected their income to stagnate or decline in 2018. But, in spite of this, the same proportion said that they were expecting to help more people.

Ruth Marks, Chief Executive of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action said:

"I am delighted that the Weston Charity Awards are coming to Wales in 2018. Everyone in Wales knows someone who benefits from the services of our several thousand charities, big and small, yet the research highlights how difficult it is for charity leaders to plan for the future when faced with so many immediate pressures. Welsh charity leaders will relish the opportunity to access top tier leadership coaching and they will also know that donors dig deeper when they are confident that the charities they support are effectively run."

To apply. Visit www.westoncharityawards.org