We are very proud to have been shortlisted for, and received, so many awards in the last few years. This section includes details about some of those awards. Please note that prior to 2013 Changing Lives was known as The Cyrenians/Tyneside Cyrenians.

Winner - NE Charity of the Year

2017

North East Charity Awards – North East Charity of the Year (winner)

We are delighted to have won the prestigious North East Charity of the Year 2017 award. The recognition for our near 50 year history of supporting vulnerable people in the North East means the world to us.

Howard League for Penal Reform Community Awards (runners-up)

Changing Lives’ Women’s Services in Doncaster was shortlisted in the 2017 Howard League for Penal Reform Community Awards ‘Women’ category for our life-changing work in reducing re-offending. Within Doncaster and across Yorkshire and Humber, Changing Lives provides community and custody interventions to women to address individual needs and work towards a brighter future away from offending.

Partnership Matters award, York NHS Trust (shortlisted)

Changing Lives were shortlisted for our work supporting people who are being discharged from hospital in the city of York to no fixed abode, facing homelessness.

Inside Housing ‘Housing Heroes’ Awards – Inspirational Colleague of the Year (shortlisted)

Changing Lives’ long-serving Project Manager, Liz Spruce, was shortlisted in the national Housing Heroes awards in 2017, in the category ‘Inspirational Colleague’. Liz dedicated 25 years to Changing Lives and supporting the homeless community in the North East before retiring in December 2016.

2016

North East Charity Awards – North East Charity of the Year (shortlisted)

Changing Lives was shortlisted for the award of North East Charity of the Year at the North East Charity Awards in 2016. We were shortlisted alongside Children North East and St. Oswald’s Hospice.

Howard League for Penal Reform Community Awards (runners-up)

Changing Lives were awarded the runner-up prize in the Women category at the Howard League Community Awards for their innovative outreach service supporting people experiencing sex work, ‘survival sex’, or at risk of sexual exploitation, in Doncaster.

North East Business Awards ‘Heart of the Community’ Award

We were honoured to be shortlisted in the category of ‘Heart of the Community’ at 2016’s North East Business Awards.

The Heart of the Community award ‘celebrates excellence in corporate, social and ethical activity, and seeks to identify those organisations which best exemplify the social and community spirit which is at the core of North East culture.’

2015

Northumbria Police Diversity and Partnership Award

In 2015 our Newcastle-based outreach services – GAP and MAP – were nominated for, and won, the Northumbria Police Diversity and Partnership award for their work with Sergeant 8220 Jill Cowling.

GAP/MAP work with women and men who are being sexually exploited, or are vulnerable to sexual exploitation, as well as those involved in sex work.

This award highlights extensive partnership work or outstanding achievement in diversity at a local regional level.

2014

Third Sector Organisation of The Year – Runners Up

Changing Lives’ Women’s Centre in Doncaster were proud to have been shortlisted and come runner-up in the ‘Third Sector Organisation of the Year’ category at Doncaster’s Business Awards in 2014.

Best Companies 3 Star Accreditation

We were awarded Best Companies 3 Star Accreditation in 2014. The Best Companies programme was established in 2001 and the survey and accreditation award scheme was set up to recognise and acknowledge exceptional workplaces across the UK, with results published in the Sunday Times.

The survey, which is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the UK, is based purely on staff feedback and looks at employee engagement as an integral part of an organisations’ success and growth, helping set a benchmark for other employers. Topics such as wellbeing, leadership and ‘giving something back’ are featured throughout which means we have jumped up a whole star since last year.

2013

Voluntary Organisations’ network North East – Outstanding Larger Organisation

In 2013, we were winners at VONNE’s annual North East Community Sector Awards for Outstanding Larger Organisation.

The Sunday Times Best Not-For-Profit Organisations

We were listed on the Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to work for.

The Cyrenians’ (as we were known then), jumped 33 places to 22nd (out of 206 organisations) in the annual Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to work for 2013.

The Best Companies programme was established in 2001 and the survey and accreditation award scheme was set up to recognise and acknowledge exceptional workplaces across the UK, with results published in the Sunday Times.

The survey, which is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the UK, is based purely on staff feedback and looks at employee engagement as an integral part of an organisations’ success and growth, helping set a benchmark for other employers. Topics such as wellbeing, leadership and ‘giving something back’ are featured throughout

(-2012)

In 2012, we were listed on the Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to work for by The Sunday Times.

Our CEO, Stephen Bell was awarded an OBE for his services to homelessness in 2011. Stephen has been at the forefront of efforts to develop the range of services that we offer as a charity.

In 2010, we were winners of the highly prestigious National Community and Residential Award for the Combined Heat and Power unit at accommodation project in Bentinck Road, Newcastle in conjunction with Yanmar, who kindly donated and installed a 10kW unit.

We received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2009. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.

In 2008, we were named the Charity Times’ National Charity of the year.