Transforming lives for the better is the core purpose of Shaw Trust and one of the most important activities undertaken by local authorities across the U.K. Councils across the country work with some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people, and those with significant barriers to living independent lives, and this category seeks to recognise the fantastic and innovative work that is done by them.
These could be people with a disability or health condition, those who have particular needs from being in the criminal justice system or recovering from substance misuse, those who have not had the best starts to life through family breakdown or involvement in the care system, or those from any other area that have had significant barriers. Whatever their age or background they will be groups who needed help to change their worlds.
We are looking for examples of programmes, initiatives or changes to service delivery that has demonstrably transformed the lives of groups or communities of people. As, if not more, important than hard facts about how the work has transformed education, employment, health or other quality of life outcomes will be the stories from the participants themselves - do they really feel that without the work their quality of life would have been so improved?
The judges will be looking for evidence of -