With over 600 impressive applications, the judges had a tough job short listing 3 nominees in each of the five award categories. Out of the 15 finalists, the winners were chosen by the public who cast over 4000 votes.
In her opening speech, Debra Allcock Tyler, Chief Executive of Directory of Social Change (DSC) said, “At the core of DSC’s beliefs is the idea that a better society is built through voluntary action – and that is why the bulk of our work is aimed at informing, supporting and encouraging voluntary action and charitable activity. And this event tonight is about recognising the huge achievements you all make towards creating a better society for all of us. “
Dame Suzi Leather, Chair of the Charity Commission presented each winner and runner-up with a unique piece of art by cartoonist Grizelda, portraying their organisation and its work.
In her speech, Dame Suzi Leathere paid tribute to charities, "This evening is a chance to celebrate another side of society. The one we don’t hear about too often in the news. The one in which people, like you, agents for social change, collaborate to put your ideas for a better world into action. And it’s a particular pleasure to see that dedication and passion recognised. "
The judges for Social Change Awards 2011 were George Monck (Chief Executive at CleanupUK), Beverley Costa (CEO and founder of Mother Tongue), Andy Garnett (Founder of The Garnett Foundation), Caroline Diehl (Chief Executive and Founder of Media Trust), Sue Billington (Director Programme Management of Propraxis Ltd) and Paul Farmer (Chief Executive Officer MIND).