The founder of the awards, James Ledward gave a lengthy and very moving narrative of our history, our special contribution as a charitable group provided entirely as volunteers; a community organisation which sees a large number of people, and which has a grassroots approach to supporting LGBT and HIV communities.
Community organisations and volunteers often don’t easily accept praise and thanks for the work we do; but especially on these occasions I hope we’ll all feel able. We all work very hard, and we all care about what we do and how it helps others.
The winner of the Voluntary/HIV category was THT South, with Sussex Beacon as first runner up, both organisations which support people with HIV.
Congratulations and best wishes to the them, and to the other groups with whom we were all ‘runners up’; and who carry out incredibly valuable work – MIND Out (LGBT Mental Health), Allsorts (LGBT Youth), Switchboard (LGBT advice), Women’s Centre, Clare Project (Trans), ME Society, Spectrum (LGBT Forum).