We are so pleased to have received a 2020 Weston Charity Award from the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight UK.
The Award recognises the importance of our services and our future ambitions and potential, providing us with a year of strategic leadership support to help us secure our long-term future at the heart of our community. The news is particularly welcome at a time when Covid-19 has put so much pressure on small but vital charities in communities across the country.
We were chosen from a record field of nearly 200 applicants, all of whom are 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:
The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the most vulnerable in our communities hard. Frontline charities such as Music Action International are addressing increasing demands for their services with innovation, professionalism and determination; and they are doing so despite serious threats to their finances and operating models. The support and experience of the Weston Charity Awards puts charities in a really strong position to survive, adapt and thrive into the future.
Bruce McCombie, interim chief executive of Pilotlight, the charity which is connecting us with a team of coaches drawn from a range of businesses and other organisations said:
Music Action International has been selected as a Weston Charity Award recipient on the strength of its ambitions and the openness of the leadership team to external perspectives – attributes that will help them benefit most from working with our Pilotlighters.
Many thanks to Pilotlight and to Garfield Weston for this award – and an ever bigger thanks to our local donors, volunteers, supporters, participants, partners and facilitators, and all those who help us make a difference.