Third Sector Awards: Rising Star Award - Maddy Ford, The Change Foundation

This award honours the emerging new talents, people who have demonstrated exceptional skill and ambition and whose personal endeavours have begun to make their mark.

Who is Maddy Ford?

The Change Foundation met Maddy in 2016 when she became a participant in the first year of Team Habana, an experiential learning programme designed to develop young people's confidence and leadership behaviours.

Impressed with Maddy's commitment and her coaching and mentoring skills, TCF offered Maddy employment as a project manager delivering a woman and girls disability programme when she was only 19.

What has she achieved?

Maddy took on the management of Girls Win, a goal-setting programme that uses sport to empower young women aged 11 to 21 with a disability. In two and a half years she has doubled the size of the programme, reaching almost 100 young women a year.

After changing the design of the programme in 2019 she won the support of TCF partner Investec which was  looking for a change of direction from the cricket projects it had previously supported 

What else has she done? 

In 2019 Maddy won funding from TCF’s internal Innovation Fund to adapt the charity’s Young Ambassadors programme, designing individual roles for each ambassador  to ensure they are working in areas of interest, and bringing all of the charity’s feedback programmes under one roof.

She was also instrumental in forming a new corporate relationship with computer games publisher Take-Two Interactive, resulting in the donation of 50 PlayStation4 consoles and £75,000 to kick start a new e-sports programme during the Covid-19 pandemic.

What did the judges say?

“Maddy's passion is evident here and she truly embodies a rising star. Motivation and goal setting is a difficult area in which to work and Maddy clearly uses her skills and passion effectively to benefit those who she works with.”

Highly commended

Lisa Freshwater, Blood Cancer UK

Matt Hickey, Mental Health Foundation


Nicolas kee mew, Avante care and support

Megan Jezzard, Career Connect

Madeleine Harvey, Age UK

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