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Highly Commended Award

Community Links Community Intervention service made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector and achieved ‘highly commended’ status in the social care and welfare category.

The service aims to reduce re-offending by providing short term intensive support for people who are frequently arrested and have a need in one or more of the following areas: mental health, drugs, alcohol, learning difficulty/disability.

The West Community Interventions Team (CIT) went live in July 2014 with the South CIT team going live in December the same year. The service is designed to support people with complex needs in the community following arrest to reduce re-offending by identifying and addressing the needs which contribute to offending behaviour.

The Community Intervention Team conducted a total of 7787 interventions between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016.

The Charity Awards is the sector’s most highly-regarded excellence recognition scheme. All 30 shortlisted charities this year have been judged by an independent panel of sector leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice from which other organisations can learn.

Tania Mason, editorial director at Civil Society Media which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated Community Links on making the highly-coveted shortlist. She said:

“We had a record number of entries this year, and the standard was particularly high, so Community Links should be very proud to have made the shortlist. For 16 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do, and the rigorous judging process ensures that only the very best-run charities make it through.”

The winners in each category were announced announced at a ceremony on Thursday 9 June at the Mermaid Theatre in London’s Blackfriars.