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Charity Governance Award winners

Success at UK Charity Governance Awards 2017


On May 24th 2017 at a Gala reception at the beautiful Clothworkers House in central London, we were awarded a national charity governance award for "Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk", recognising the confident and robust approach taken by our Trustees in developing our portfolio of safe accommodation for women and children fleeing violence and abuse.

The award comes with the prize of a £5,000 unrestricted grant which will be used towards the construction of our new purpose-built women’s centre on Preston Road – the first of its kind in the UK for 20 years.

Councillor Mary Glew, who supported the Charity’s application said “ I am delighted that this innovative and forward thinking local charity has been recognised nationally – they are  great ambassadors for Hull”.

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WINNER was part of a shortlist of charities representing a diverse range of subject areas including LGBTQ, prisoners, homelessness, medical care and support, disability services, the arts, and more. A 20-strong judging panel shortlisted the entries and selected winners in each of seven categories. The winners were announced at the official awards reception in London on 24 May 2017, with former cabinet minister Sir Vince Cable delivering a keynote speech.

Michael Howell, Chair of the Trusteeship Committee at the award organisers The Clothworkers’ Company, said, “Congratulations to our outstanding winners – they provide the charity sector with sterling examples of what can be achieved with excellent governance.

“Highly-skilled trustees, diverse boards and their innovative use of digital technology are all areas that the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities has recommended as a focus for the sector. Therefore, we are delighted that our winners provide real-life examples of how that can be achieved. I encourage charities to download our free e-book which is full of inspiring stories from these superb shortlisted charities – including, of course, our winners! I hope this will provide inspiration for new journeys towards great governance.”

The free e-book is now available to download at

The Charity Governance Awards are organised by The Clothworkers’ Company – a City Livery company that supports trusteeship initiatives – in partnership with not-for-profit consultancy NPC (New Philanthropy Capital), volunteer matching charity Reach, and recruitment specialists Prospectus.

For more details visit You can follow the awards on Twitter using hashtag #charitygov17. Entry for the 2018 Charity Governance Awards will open in October 2017.

Property expert required

Due to our successful work housing women fleeing violence and abuse through our dispersed accommodation, we are looking to recruit a woman with the skills to find and acquire new properties on our behalf.

You will know the local housing market in Hull and you will have experience of finding property and managing the purchase process swiftly and effectively.

This post is a fixed term post for 18 months at 30 hours per week at NJC SCP 28 £24472 pro rata and is open to women only.

If you would like to be part of our continuing success story and you have the right skills and experience, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application pack. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 6th September.


Finance whizz required!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a seasoned SAGE professional to help us move through our next stage of development.

We are seeking to fill a vacancy in our Finance department for a Finance Officer to oversee the financial functions within the Winner Group

See our recruitment page for more details and to request an application pack

Charity Governance Award Finalists

National Charity Governance Award Finalists!

We are delighted to announce that our Board reached the shortlist for the Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk category in the National Charity Governance Awards and on Wednesday 24th May 2017 won the category at a gala reception at the Clothworkers House in London.

Once again, our pioneering work developing safe homes for women and children has been recogised on the national stage as forward thinking and pioneering

Read more here



£1 million Christmas present!

The Big Purple Build gets a £1million boost from the Big Lottery Fund

We are delighted to announce that the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Buildings Programme has made one of its largest ever grants to help us build our new women's centre.

For the last two years, we have been planning to replace our current premises at 60-62 Preston Road. Although this building has served us well, it's no longer big enough for us to deliver services to all the women and children who need us and it is a prefab construction which is approaching the end of its life.

So all the staff, volunteers and Trustees have been involved in working with local architect Helen Smith  of LNS Partnership to design a new, purpose built women's centre which is bigger, better, more environmentally friendly and will help us offer more services to local women and children.

The new centre will be on the site of the old church on the corner of Bilton Grove and Preston Road next door to the community centre. With full planning permission already in place and fundraising moving on, we hope to appoint a contractor in the new year and start construction in Spring 2017.

The new building will have:

  • A bigger Nursery - room for 18 children instead of 11
  • A bigger charity shop which will be an integrated part of the building
  • Two training rooms instead of one so we can run more courses
  • A large meeting space for our groups, including our Girlz Only group
  • A Laundrette so local women don't have to travel to do their laundry
  • More room for volunteers to look after women visiting the centre
  • Four one to one rooms for us to support women in private
  • Some clinical space for women to see medical practitioners when needed
  • More office space for our growing number of staff
  • A Pram Park



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