Third Sector Excellence Awards 2013: Small charity, big achiever - Winner: JAN Trust

Awarded to a small organisation that has made a big impact with an innovative project or projects. Only voluntary sector bodies with annual incomes of up to £1m are eligible for this award

JAN Trust
JAN Trust

- What does it do?

The JAN Trust was founded in 1989 with the aim of empowering and supporting women from ethnic minority and refugee communities, and now operates across London. With the help of the charity, the beneficiaries make positive changes to their lives and are able to build their self-confidence and self-esteem through the range of services it offers, including learning English and acquiring new skills in areas such as fashion and design.

- What projects has it run?

The JAN Trust runs a number of projects, including a campaign against forced marriage, which was launched in April 2011. As part of the campaign, the charity visits schools to raise awareness among young people about the nature of forced marriage, the warning signs and how they can help themselves and others. The campaign has so far been delivered in eight boroughs, reaching more than 50 schools and colleges and 1,500 community organisations.

- Why did it win?

The trust estimates that it has engaged with about 50,000 women and 13,000 young people of more than 80 ethnicities since it started its work. Thanks to the services the charity provides, the women they help feel more confident, have greater independence, integrate into wider society and can become more active citizens.

- What did the judges say?

Ger Graus, chief executive of the Children's University, said: "The JAN Trust stands out in an excellent field because of its incredible impact with a limited budget. It is a challenging and courageous charity."

Highly commended:

Music as Therapy International

Salt of the Earth


- Busoga Trust

- Theodora Children's Trust


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