Realise charity has been acknowledged for its work during the Coronavirus pandemic, being awarded the Pandemic Response Award at the ‘Breaking The Mould’ Awards 2020 hosted by Keele University.
Breaking the Mould celebrates the successes of the hundreds of local businesses, not-for-profits, charities and entrepreneurs that have collaborated with Keele University to develop products, services and people that have had positive impacts not only locally, but across the country and beyond.
Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor of Keele University, said:
“The focus of Breaking the Mould is to celebrate the remarkable achievements of the businesses and graduate employers that we at Keele are proud to partner and work with, especially in what has been an unusually challenging and difficult time for all.
“2020 has, more than ever, seen the need for transformation and innovation from all organisations. And the applications put forward for this year’s awards have highlighted the ways in which many of our local community have adapted in order to address not only their own changing circumstances, but also those of everyone around them.”
Sophia Snell, Charity Manager for Realise said: “We’re absolutely delighted and very thankful for this award. In coordinating the Newcastle Under Lyme Covid Support Network, we have worked to support some of the most vulnerable people in our area, during this crisis.
By coordinating a response and providing a single point of access for people across the area, Realise charity was able to support with the provision of food parcels, the collection of vital prescriptions, tackling social isolation, and even ensured pets could be taken care of if their owners were affected by Covid19.
Adopting this project and being able to respond so quickly to the needs of our community meant that support was offered at the earliest opportunity and we are appreciative of the recognition of this work.
We are grateful for the support of our partners at Staffordshire County Council, Newcastle Borough Council, Support Staffordshire, all of the voluntary organisations that were part of the response and of course, our volunteers. This collaborative approach enabled us to provide life-enhancing support for over 700 vulnerable people.”