13 Jun 2019

Three small charities in Wales - two based in Cardiff and another in Blaenau Gwent - have been selected as 2019 Weston Charity Awards winners.

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They will each receive a core grant of £6,500 from the Garfield Weston Foundation and a year's strategic planning support from a team of business leaders to enable them to become more efficient, effective and sustainable. 

NewLink Wales, Phoenix Domestic Abuse Services (Phoenix DAS) and Rubicon Dance have been selected from a field of nearly 200 frontline charities delivering youth, welfare or community services in the North of England, the Midlands and Wales. 

Philippa Charles, director of the Garfield Weston Foundation said: 'These local Weston Charity Awards recipients have been selected due to the strength of their ambitions and their demonstrable openness to constructive challenge and external perspectives. 

Their impact extends far beyond their direct service users.' 

The year-long coaching programme between the winning charities and their team of business leaders is facilitated by another charity, Pilotlight, whose CEO Gillian Murray said: 'Small charity leaders in Wales face the constant pressure of frontline issues which can divert resources away from longer term thinking. 

Through the Weston Charity Awards, these three local charities will continue to do their great work whilst working on transformative plans to make an even greater impact on the communities they serve for years to come.' 

Phil Fiander, deputy CEO of WCVA, said: 'It's really important that trusts and foundations see the value of supporting the fantastic work of charities here in Wales and we are delighted to see the Garfield Weston Foundation investing in Welsh charities through these awards. 

We know that resources in Wales are stretched and opportunities like this for charities in Wales to grow and become more robust are absolutely essential and worth shouting about.'



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