Refugee organisation named Charity of the Year at the Third Sector Awards

The winners of the awards were announced online over two days for the first time because of the coronavirus pandemic

The Refugee and Migrant Centre: Black Country and Birmingham has been named Charity of the Year at the Third Sector Awards. 

The awards, which recognise the achievements of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises, were announced online over two days for the first time because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Refugee and Migrant Centre, which works to help refugees and migrants through crisis and disadvantage by removing barriers to their integration and enabling them to become equal citizens, supported almost 14,000 people last year. 

Judges were impressed that in addition to its direct services, the charity expanded and evolved to help disseminate Covid-19 messages in multiple languages, set up referral pathways with West Midlands Police for the quick processing of women complaining of violence against them and trained about 200 health professionals.

Other winners included Emma Ratzer of Access Community Trust, who took home the Charity Chief Executive award, and Tim Fell of Stamma, who was named Charity Chair of the Year. 

Pregnant Then Screwed won the Small Charity, Big Achiever award, while Maddy Ford of The Change Foundation was given the Rising Star Award. 

The Rising Chief Executive award went to joint winners: Andy Fletcher of Together for Short Lives, and Nicola Sharp-Jeffs of Surviving Economic Abuse. 

The link-up between Surviving Economic Abuse and Money Advice Plus was named Charity Partnership of the Year, while the corporate partnerships team at WaterAid won the sought-after Fundraising Team of the Year award. 

For a full list of winners, click here

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