Social change celebrated at Charity Fair

The Fairtrade Foundation was among the people, organisations and companies bringing about positive change in society recognised at the Directory of Social Changes' first Social Change Awards last Wednesday.

The four awards recognised everyday impact, public body partnership with charities, influencing the public agenda and investing in social change. Winners were chosen through an online public vote.

The Fairtrade Foundation received the Influencer Award for its “pioneering work” to bring fair trade into the mainstream consumer. “This is a real tribute to the work of our campaigners,” said Martine Julseth, Fairtrade Foundation’s press officer.

The Everyday Impact Award was given to Gill Pirt, founder of Sengwer Aid. She was commended for the “concrete change” she has made to lives of Kenya’s Sengwer tribe.

The University of Cambridge Science Festival received more than 50 per cent of the public vote for the Public Body Award, recognising its work with community organisations.

Penny Wilson, head of the fair’s community team, said: “We’re totally delighted. We are different from other science fairs because we work in partnership with the community at every stage, so it’s brilliant to be recognised.”

Electricity supplier npower’s scheme to tackle fuel poverty, Health Through Warmth, received the Investing in Social Change Award.

Minister for the Third Sector Ed Miliband spoke to assembled guests at the ceremony, which took place during Charity Fair 2007 at Central Hall Westminster.

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