Sova shortlisted for the Third Sector Excellence Awards 2015

Sova Support Link ASD Project shortlisted for the prestigious Third Sector Excellence Awards 2015.

Sova Support Link ASD Project works with high risk, high harm adult ex offenders with high functioning autism - a population often marginalised and found unsuitable for mainstream interventions.  Our work has been recognised for its innovative approach, achievements and shared learning.
There were 12 award categories to choose from.  The Innovation Criteria Category looks for something new, bold and different.  Knowing that little work had been done to date in this area our pilot project fitted the bill and out of the 10 sub categories we felt that "Breakthrough of the Year" worked best with our innovative approach and novel findings.
We were required to give a summary of the project and demonstrate:
•         Inspiration – the quality and originality of the project, including its relevance to the work of Sova as a whole
•         Development – how well the idea was planned and developed
•      Execution – how effectively and efficiently it was carried out
•      Effectiveness - how successful it was
•      Evaluation - how success was measured and how well lessons were learned, put into place and shared with others

The panel of 26 judges was chaired by Julie Bentley, head of the Girl Guides Association and winner of the 2014 Inspiring Leader Award.  The panel included CEO's and representatives of a variety of organisations including Oxfam, the WI, Comic Relief, the Guide Dogs Association, the RAF, Prison Radio Association and various cancer charities.

The winners for each category will be announced at a glittering celebration at the Connaught Rooms in London on the evening of the 24th September.  The other shortlistees in the ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ category are:

•         Quaker Social Action Down to Earth Project
•         Tony Blair’s Africa Governance Initiative
•         Cancer Research UK Tap to Beat Cancer
•         Julia’s House Children’s Palliative Care Scheme
•         Guide Dogs UK New Best Way Innovative Training

We are up against stiff opposition but we have high hopes, as we know that our project makes a big difference to the lives of a group of people who have missed out on support for so long.

And the winner is........