Dorset based charity Help & Care was named as the winner of the Social Enterprise Mark CIC ‘Making a Mark’ competition at a celebration at our recent conference in Salford. They were presented with a special award, created for us by Rowan, an arts centre and charity for learning disabled people.
The Making a Mark competition was a celebration of the vast and diverse social benefits created by Social Enterprise Mark holders, and highlighted interesting examples of how accredited social enterprises are creating considerable social impact within their local communities and in wider society.
On accepting the award, Mark Sharman, CEO of Help & Care, said “We were both surprised and delighted to receive this award because it is not a recognition of what we do or how we do it. It is about the most important thing which is what impact are we having on the lives of people and communities. It is a recognition of our great staff and volunteer team who live our values to make a difference.”
Lucy Findlay, Managing Director of Social Enterprise Mark CIC, said, “We are delighted to announce the long standing Social Enterprise Mark holder Help & Care as the ‘Making a Mark’ competition winners. They won because they not only help people who want something different and better out of life, they can also demonstrate clearly how they are making a difference to people’s lives. Well done to Mark and his team.”
Selected from over a network of over 200 accredited social enterprises, Help & Care was shortlisted alongside 6 other organisations, including Golf Environment Organization and Iridescent Ideas. Following a public vote and a separate vote by the independent Certification Panel (both accounting for 50% of the final result), the result was a close call, with not much to seperate all the well deserving finalists. We therefore decided to announce a runner up – this was awarded to Welsh community transport provider Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport.
We invited Mark Cotton FRSA to present the award, and he commended all the finalists on their achievements and congratulated them on making the shortlist, before presenting certificates to all the finalists who were in attendance at the conference.
We would like to extend our congratulations to all of the competition finalists:
- Cockpit Arts
- Eden Project
- Golf Environment Organization
- Help & Care
- Iridescent Ideas
- Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport
- Work West