I am delighted that Create has won the Charity Times Charity of the Year Award*.
The Award is given to the charity that the judges believe has delivered “outstanding service to its beneficiaries, promoted and raised its cause, been clear in its goals and strategy and demonstrated excellence, especially within the last year”. Having been shortlisted for this award four times previously, we are thrilled to have been recognised with this highest of accolades: “delivering an extremely high-quality submission, this charity impressed the judges with a clear, focused, and robust entry, which demonstrated the huge impact a small charity can have on a lot of people.”
“Create has demonstrated the huge impact a small charity can have on a lot of people.”
This is the most wonderful recognition of the passion, commitment, drive and energy of everyone who is involved in Create: our team, our professional artists, our Trustees, our volunteers, our funding and community partners and – above all – our participants.
During a year when we have all had to find new ways of working and our team has worked tirelessly to design, pilot and launch Create Live! to enable us to continue empowering, upskilling, connecting and enhancing the wellbeing of our participants during lockdown, this award means so much to all of us.
Being crowned Charity of the Year has provided us all with a huge boost at a time when such fantastic recognition of our work has never been more welcome.
Being crowned Charity of the Year has provided us all with a huge boost at a time when such fantastic recognition of our work has never been more welcome. I am hugely proud of the whole Create team and deeply appreciative of all who help to make our work possible. Above all, I am thankful to the incredible children and adults who we work with, who inspire and motivate me every day.
Receiving this award is invaluable in helping us to raise awareness of the issues faced by our participants and to demonstrate the quality and impact of the work we do as the UK’s leading charity empowering lives, reducing isolation and enhancing wellbeing through the creative arts. Our work has never been more important and the timing of the award could not have been more perfect.
Nicky Goulder, Founding Chief Executive
*Create was awarded the Charity Times Charity of the Year: with an income of less than £1 million on 3 September 2020.