Exciting News!

DSC_0083The past few months have been really exciting time for A Way Out.

On 30th June A Way Out hosted ‘A Lunch Out with A Way Out’, an event attended by many of our major stakeholders and partner organisations.  The event mattered because we wanted to say thank you for all that had gone before, and to let everyone know that A Way Out remains committed  to going the extra mile for all of the vulnerable women and young people with whom we work.
At the event, held in the centre of Stockton, we were able to present information about our work; DSC_0026
the heart of A Way Out, the heart of our staff and volunteers,  DSC_0074
and the heart of our Trustees and our heart for continued commitment.  DSC_0150
For well over a decade now we have done all we can to bring love, hope and freedom to vulnerable and at risk women, young people and families in Stockton on Tees, striving to see them living healthy, whole and safe lives, free from addiction, poverty and exploitation. And we know how much this matters.

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From our guests we received very positive responses to the presentations. ..   “I hadn't realised what a 'substantial and serious organisation', AWO was’   “I knew that A Way Out worked with women but I had no idea how and didn't realise that the organisation worked with youth and families.”   “One of the things I picked up on was the 'quality' of the Senior Management Team, to me this denotes what a professional organisation A Way Out is.”   The ethos of A Way Out was described by one guest as “beautifully sensitive”.

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We also took the opportunity to talk about our about our heart for the future of the organisation. One exceptional and important part of our future journey is our achievement in being one of the winners of the Weston Charity Awards.  This prestigious award makes A Way Out one of only 12 successful organisations across the whole of the North of England working in the areas of youth, welfare and community.  The award will enable A Way Out to work with a team of senior business leaders through the organisation Pilotlight, which has been bringing together top business talent with charities of over ten years.

The Garfield Weston Foundation’s Director, Philippa Charles, said:  “We’ve had an amazing response from charities across the North whichweston awards are tackling some of the toughest challenges such as youth unemployment, mental health issues and homelessness. The twelve winning charities are not only doing great work but are ambitious with their plans - we are looking forward to supporting them to achieve their goals.”     Pilotlight’s chief executive, Gillian Murray, says:   “Charities are telling us that they need support to plan for the future. Many have been hit by funding cuts and changes in the way their services are being contracted. By bringing together charity chief executives with dynamic business leaders we know these charities will benefit and become more sustainable as a result.”

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