Wavemakers hunts for nominations for revitalised awards

Wavemakers, the new incarnation of the Child of Achievement charity, launched a bid for nominations to its award scheme last week.

The awards programme is the first since the charity's relaunch (Third Sector, 4 April), which followed a Charity Commission inquiry into financial irregularities at Child of Achievement that led to it losing charitable status.

Chairman Steve Powell and new chief executive Deborah Skillicorn are credited with turning the charity around by refocusing its work on its beneficiaries and recruiting trustees from other children's organisations.

The three award categories are for children aged 12 and under; 13 to 19 year-olds; and for organisation and service-led initiatives. It will be judged by an independent panel of children and young people.

Wavemakers will distribute up to £50,000 under a small grants programme to schemes recognised by the judges. The Airways Charitable Trust and the Childwick Trust have contributed £10,000 each, and Wavemakers is looking for further contributions.

The charity is forging partnerships with organisations working with young people, including Barnardo's and Weston Spirit.

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