We were delighted to be shortlisted for two categories in the Children and Young People Now Awards 2019; the Youth work Award and the Children and Young People’s Charity Award. It was really exciting to go to the awards ceremony with all the other amazing organisations who make a difference to the lives of children and young people around the country.
Getaway Girls has been supporting girls for over 30 years, so we were really excited to be shortlisted this year as we celebrate our 30th birthday.
The award winners are chosen by two panels; a national young people’s panel from research, youth voice and influence backgrounds and a panel from national organisations like Children England and National Children’s Bureau. We have to admit, we thought we had no chance of winning against national charities, but we were thrilled to be shortlisted. As the awards ceremony started the tension started to build. We felt really nervous and excited. Leigh, the CEO from National youth Agency was about to announce the winner of the Youth Work Award. As he said the words Getaway Girls we were really shocked. We did it! We actually did it! We won the Youth Work Award. Still shocked now and really happy and proud we won. Hannah and Susan and all The Child Friendly City people were there to congratulate us as they were also shortlisted for two awards. After lots of hugs and photos, we thought we can go home happy now.
We’d had a fab night, and as it came to the last award of the evening, we didn’t think it could happen again. But it did, and we won again! This time, we were named the best Children and young people’s charity in the country! Wow! The judges praised Getaway Girls “sheer breadth , longevity , perseverance, and lessons it can offer others”. As we went to collect the award it still hadn’t sunk in. Two awards at the National Children and Young People’s Awards on our 30th Birthday year. How do we top this next year?
Stay tuned as we plan our celebrations which will be taking place in March, and finally a huge well done to the fantastic Getaway Girls team, all our amazing young women and everyone that supports the charity, we couldn’t have done it without you! What a way to end 2019!