We are proud to announce that we have been selected as a 2022 Weston Charity Awards winner. We were chosen due to the impact of our services and future ambitions, including the development of Solace Housing Association. We have been awarded a team of business experts and funding to tackle the cost of living crisis.

The award gives Staying Put the chance to invest in our future with ten months of strategic planning support from a dedicated team of four business experts, thanks to pro bono charity Pilotlight and a core grant of £6,500 from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

We were chosen from over 100 applicants, all of whom are frontline charities delivering youth, welfare or community services in the North of England, the Midlands and Wales.

“We are over the moon to have been selected as one of the charities to receive support from Pilotlight and the Garfield Weston Foundation,” said Chief Executive Officer, Yasmin Khan, “it has been an incredibly difficult time over the last few years with the pandemic and now the cost of living crisis, and our truly outstanding staff and trustee’s work hard to support all survivors across who are struggling. We could not do what we do without generous grant funding and support from those with expertise, and we are very grateful to the Weston Charity Awards for seeing the value in our work.”

In congratulating Staying Put, Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation said, “The Weston Charity Awards were created in 2014, and have since helped 126 charities across Wales, the North and the Midlands to be effective and to grow their services for people in need. As the cost of living crisis hits families and communities, we see a critical role for small charities in key regions who are supporting vulnerable people in a range of ways. These Awards for nineteen charities are a tribute to their determination to improve lives in the toughest of circumstances.”

Ed Mayo, Chief Executive of Pilotlight, the charity which is connecting Staying Put with a team of coaches drawn from a range of businesses and other organisations said, “An old saying is that the poor pay more. So, while the rising cost of living is a crisis for many people, it is a potential catastrophe for those who are most vulnerable. Staying Put has been selected as a Weston Charity Award recipient on the strength of its ambitions and the openness of the leadership team to external perspectives. Working with business experts, the Weston Charity Awards will strengthen Staying Put to support people who are most at need in our society.”

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