10 June 2019
JAN Trust is delighted to announce we have won one of the most prestigious awards in the charity sector – the Education and Training Charity of the Year 2019!
The Charity Awards is Civil Society Media’s annual awards programme held to identify, recognise and reward those organisations doing exceptional work in all areas of charitable activity. The awards were announced at a black tie dinner at the Tower of London on 5th June where a shortlist of 28 charities had been selected across 10 categories by an independent panel of sector leaders. The judges assess each entry against their Hallmarks of Excellence – attributes that should be present in any successful project.
The evening was hosted by the Rev Richard Coles, who was joined by celebrities, representatives of the shortlisted charities and leaders from Britain’s best known charities.
JAN Trust’s Award, in the Education and training category, recognises our pioneering Another Way Forward project. This initiative was supported by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and Google.org to empower young women against extremism. JAN Trust aimed to combat the root causes that lead to young women and girls being radicalised, including racism, hate crime and marginalisation, and to develop them into ambassadors against extremism. This is one of the first projects of its kind that encourages young people themselves to lead the narrative – an important factor in its success.
Awards judge, Lynne Berry OBE said:
“The work of JAN Trust is incredibly timely and has been very effective at raising young women’s awareness of grooming and radicalisation”
Cathy Phelan Watkins said it was highly innovative and had achieved enormous reach, with over a million views of the campaign videos.
Chris Michaels said the project was a great example of a charity that had identified a very current social problem and decided to quickly create a solution that attempts to change the narrative.
“They did that extremely well, working at close quarters with those identified as being at risk.”
He also described the work as “extremely potent” and said raising awareness among this target group of young women laid good foundations for reducing the impact of extremism.
Sajda Mughal OBE, CEO of JAN Trust said:
“To receive such a prestigious award at the Charity Awards 2019 is a true honour. My team and I are incredibly proud of our AWF project and the amazing impact it has made. As an organisation, we are committed to innovating projects that effectively counter extremism and this award has shown that we have achieved this. A huge thank you goes out to the JAN Trust staff, volunteers, trustees, patrons and ambassadors! I would also like to thank the panel of judges at the Charity Awards for recognising the importance of our work, along with ISD and Google who supported the project – we are passionate about countering extremism and creating a safer and more inclusive society.”
Nazir Afzal OBE, Former Chief Prosecutor and Patron of JAN Trust has also commented on this achievement:
“JAN Trust has won in the Education and Training category at the Charity Awards 2019. This is a really impressive achievement and I congratulate Sajda and her team for proving yet again what an effective grassroots organisation JAN Trust is. JAN Trust has worked to educate, train and empower marginalised BAMER women and young people for 30 years now, so to be recognised in this category is especially fitting. Their Another Way Forward project showcased how successful grassroots NGOs like JAN Trust can be within counter-extremism efforts; the impact and reach of AWF was really remarkable. It is troubling that the government had withdrawn funding for JAN Trust’s counter-terrorism work, especially in light of multiple awards recognising how effective their contributions in this area are. Work like this needs support as it is crucial that JAN Trust can continue serving the communities of the UK.”
Last year, the Home Office unceremoniously withdrew funding for another one of JAN Trust’s projects, Web Guardians™. This programme pioneered within counter -terrorism efforts 10 years ago by educating and empowering women and mothers to prevent and tackle online extremism, building community resilience. BAME organisations are notoriously underfunded in all areas, so this news was incredibly disheartening and left JAN Trust’s grassroots work at risk. However, JAN Trust persevered and with the support of The Institute for Strategic Dialogue and Google.org they have been able to execute another innovative project.
This award comes during JAN Trust’s 30th anniversary as an organisation and is the third notable recognition the team have had recently. In December 2018, JAN Trust also won ‘Highly Commended’ in ‘Community Project of the Year’ and JAN Trust’s CEO Sajda Mughal OBE won ‘Campaigner of the Year’ at the 2018 European Diversity Awards.
JAN Trust would like to thank the judging panel at the Charity Awards, Google.org, The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, JAN Trust’s Patrons, Trustees, Ambassadors, Staff and Volunteers. The team would also like to thank our users and to those who have supported our charity’s work for the last 30 years. We would not be able to continue our work in encouraging, educating and empowering women and young people without you!
Visit the Charity Awards website to find out more about JAN Trust’s award
Visit the Another Way Forward website to find out more about this award-winning project and to watch the AWF campaign videos
Find out how you can support the work JAN Trust does here.