Fun in Action has been shortlisted for the regional finals of the ‘Mentoring and Befriending Recognition Awards 2010’. The awards, to be presented by Strictly Come Dancing Star Camilla Sacre-Dallerup, recognise individuals and organisations that have made a difference to people’s lives through mentoring and befriending services.

Commenting on their success, Anne McLaren, the charity’s Project Manager, said the charity were delighted to receive this kind of recognition for their work. She also paid tribute to their hard-working office staff and the vast number of volunteer befrienders who help to make such a big difference to the life chances of so many disadvantaged children across the city.

The awards are a part of a national campaign, called ‘Supporting Life’s Journeys’, to celebrate and support the many individuals and organisations who help to address poverty and social exclusion through mentoring and befriending. Mentors and befrienders are usually volunteers who are trained and supported by a range of charities and organisations to give one on one support to vulnerable or at risk people. Mentoring and befriending have long been recognised as powerful and cost effective approaches to helping people achieve their full potential and avoid damaging or even criminal behaviour.

Steve Matthews, Chief Executive of the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation, which organized the awards, says: “Individuals, projects, funders and commissioner across the South have demonstrated how mentoring and befriending can transform people’s lives. They help the most vulnerable people in our society, from the very young to the very old, cope with real difficulties and challenges. We had huge numbers of entries to the awards, with many people and projects being nominated by members of the public. It was really difficult for the judges to choose between so many diverse examples of excellence, so we really would like to congratulate all those who made the shortlist; they are incredibly special.”

More information about the awards can be found at:

http://www.supportinglifesjourneys.org/site/

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