Charity Bank Impact Awards 2014 honours three high impact charities – and Valley CIDS is one of them!

Last week, Charity Bank has recognised three of its borrowers in its annual Impact Awards. The awards were open to all current Charity Bank borrowers and comprised three categories: greatest impact, most innovative use of loan finance, and best community initiative.

The award for Best Community Initiative is for the organisation whose project demonstrates the most impressive community involvement which is for and of the community went to Valley CIDS for the Blend Youth Project. Valley CIDS CEO Designate Jonathan Brook and Head of Youth Development, Ian Tannahill (pictured in the selfie below, taken on the way to collect the award) popped down to London to pick it up.

“Valley CIDS’ Blend Youth Project, which is committed to providing activities, programmes and support services designed to raise the aspirations and release the potential of young people, was judged to be the project that demonstrated the most impressive community involvement which is for and of the community.”

Carolyn Sims said, “The judges were impressed not just with the impact that Valley CIDS has in its community but with how it is committed to ongoing measurement to make sure it is serving its community in the best way. Two-thirds found a new job or access to training as a result. Valley CIDS is a worthy winner of the Best Community Initiative Award.”

Charity Bank Chief Executive, Patrick Crawford said, “Charity Bank exists to lend money to social sector organisations so that they can increase the positive impact they have on society. Because it is a condition of our loan finance that borrowers demonstrate social purpose and impact, the competition for the Charity Bank Impact Awards is intense.”

The Awards were judged by Jonathon Porritt, Sir Stuart Etherington (Chief Executive of NCVO), Carolyn Sims  (Head of Banking, Charity Bank); and Mary Locke (Impact Manager, Charity Bank).  The winners were presented with a personalised award plaque designed by one of Charity Bank’s savers, Cory Reid.  

There were two other awards. Emmaus Brighton and Hove won the award for Greatest Impact, for the organisation most able to demonstrate that it is achieving profound, life-enhancing and enduring change for those with whom they work. Folkestone Sports Centre Trust won the award for the Most Innovative Use of Loan Finance, for the organisation using loan finance in the most imaginative way to transform the way it operates.

To find out more about the Blend Youth Project, visit their website –