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LGBTQ mental health charity shortlisted for major national award

Besi Besemar April 25, 2017

Brighton based charity MindOut, LGBTQ Mental Health Service has been shortlisted for the UK-wide Charity Governance Awards 2017.

The charity is in the running for the Board Diversity and Inclusivity award with a prize of a £5,000 unrestricted grant.

MindOut is one of 21 charities from across the UK who complete the full shortlist and join a shortlist of charities representing a diverse range of subject areas including LGBTQ, prisoners, homelessness, medical care and support, disability services, and the arts.

A 20-strong judging panel shortlisted the entries and they will select a winner in each of the seven categories. The winners will be announced at the official awards reception in London on May 24 2017, with former cabinet minister Sir Vince Cable delivering a keynote speech.

Helen Jones
Helen Jones

Helen Jones, MindOut CEO, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award! We have worked hard to develop our governance and having a diverse and inclusive board is really important to the whole organisation. Our Trustees are very proud!”

Michael Howell, Chair of the Trusteeship Committee at the award organisers The Clothworkers’ Company, added: “Congratulations to all of the shortlisted candidates – they provide the third sector with sterling examples of what can be achieved with excellent governance.

The recent report by the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities recommended that charities focus on trustee skills, board diversity and the use of digital technology on their trustee boards; so we are delighted to select and showcase some brilliant examples of charities tackling these very issues. Entries to our brand new category ‘Embracing Digital’ have been particularly forward-thinking and we hope they will provide inspiration for organisations now seeking ‘digital trustees’, as recommended in the Select Committee’s report.”

Charity Governance Awards 2017 – Full Shortlist

Board Diversity and Inclusivity

 Embracing Digital

 Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk

Improving Impact – charities with 3 staff or fewer

Improving Impact – charities with 4-25 paid staff

Improving Impact – charities with 26+ paid staff

Managing Turnaround