art:space, project for young carers, recognised with prestigious award

Aysha Sheradon (British Land), Rebecca Walton (Regent's Place), Joanne Hammond (British Land), Nicky Goulder (Create), Gioia Pescetto (University of Portsmouth - Awards Sponsor) L-R
Aysha Sheridan (British Land), Rebecca Walton (Regent’s Place), Joanne Hammond (British Land), Nicky Goulder (Create), Gioia Pescetto (University of Portsmouth – Award Sponsor) l-r

Last Thursday, I attended Business in the Community’s (BITC) South East Responsible Awards Gala Dinner as a guest of our long-term corporate partner, British Land.  Indeed, British Land supported our first ever project Shake an Egg on 16 July 2003, just nine days after my vision for the charity became a reality, and we have worked in partnership ever since.

As we celebrate our 10th anniversary this weekend, what could be more fitting than such an exceptional, community focused company to win BITC’s South East Local Impact Award, Building Stronger Communities.  Since 2009, British Land has committed £150,000 to our art:space project for young carers, which has benefited 578 of these particularly isolated and vulnerable young people.

On winning the award, Joanne Hammond, British Land’s Charity and Volunteer Executive said, “We are absolutely delighted to win this award and this is a tribute to Create and all the carers who have demonstrated the impact of the arts in engaging with people and communities in a positive and fulfilling way.”  Joanne talked to us about the project’s impact last year.

Nicky Goulder, Chief Executive