CSJ Digital Awards

The CSJ Awards – in partnership with The Telegraph – is an annual, high profile award ceremony that honours the best grassroot, poverty-fighting charities and social enterprises across the United Kingdom.

The six charities below are the 2020 Award winners having been recognised for their excellent and impactful work.

The CSJ works closely with an Alliance of grassroot charities and social enterprises as they are critical to our mission, both in their vital work supporting people out of poverty and through feeding their insights and ideas into our policy work.

The CSJ Awards is an opportunity for us to publicly recognise and celebrate some of the best charities and social enterprise. We profile their work and connect with other people passionate about furthering the cause of social justice in Britain.

Usually held in April at an evening event attended by hundreds of leading figures from across the country, this year due to Covid19 the celebration moved on-line. Below are overviews of each of the winners.

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CSJ Award Winners 2020:

Winner: Prison Voicemail

What they do:

Prison Voicemail make it easier for people in prison to maintain positive relationships with their families by enabling the exchange of voicemails through existing prison phones. This gives families the emotional release of being able to communicate even with differing schedules. Prisoners simply dial their unique voicemail phone number from any phone to listen and reply to voicemails.


| 11,000 people access Prison Voicemail each year.

| Strong family ties have also been shown to reduce the likelihood of reoffending.

Why they won a CSJ Award: 

Prison Voicemail have won a CSJ Award because their story proves that a tiny organisation with almost no resources can have impact on a national scale extremely quickly. Prison Voicemail have been told that prisons have never seen an innovation scale as quickly as theirs.

Prison Voicemail online:

The Criminal Justice Award is presented by Simon Thomas.
Simon Thomas is an English television presenter who worked on Blue Peter for six years, and presented live Premier League football on Sky Sports from 2005-2018.

Award Sponsor:

Winner: Street Talk

What they do:

Street Talk is a counselling service for women trapped in street-based prostitution and women who have been victims of trafficking. Street Talk provides weekly therapy sessions, including psychotherapy, art therapy and group therapy in 5 hostels, 3 day centres and Bronzefield Prison. To provide continuity the therapy continues when women go to prison, hospital or rehab.


| 100 people access Street Talk every year.

| Street Talk successfully help over 30 clients a year discover that there are alternative ways of overcoming trauma.

Why they won a CSJ Award: 

Street Talk won a CSJ Award because they are meeting the needs of women who are too often overlooked and forgotten about. Street Talk have struggled to meet demand for their services. The £10,000 CSJ Award will enable them to start a new partnership and reach more women.

Street Talk online:

The Maxie Richards Addiction Award is presented by Cathy Newman.
Cathy Newman is an English journalist and presenter of Channel 4 News. Newman began her career as a newspaper journalist, and had spells at Media Week, The Independent, the Financial Times and The Washington Post.

Award Sponsor: Alex and William de Winton Trust

Winner: My CWA

What they do:

My CWA deliver refuge accommodation to victims and children fleeing domestic abuse. They work to support every member of the family by offering a range of trauma recovery and behaviour change interventions as well as parenting and family support. Their ‘Even Better Families’ intervention creates a family support plan with each individual receiving tailored support and, where safe to do so, supporting families to work together.


| 1,236 people access My CWA each year.

| Their whole family approach is independently proven to save £7.76 for every £1 invested.

Why they won a CSJ Award: 

My CWA won a CSJ award because their approach is like none other. They have a whole family approach to domestic abuse and tackle the cause of harm as well as supporting victims and children. They are unique in they also approach the abusive parent to be involved in therapy.

My CWA online:

The Family Award is presented by Courtney Lawes.
Courtney Lawes is an English professional rugby player for Northampton Saints, who plays in the Aviva Premiership.

Award Sponsor: 

Winner: Vineyard Compassion

What they do:

Vineyard Compassion meet the needs of anyone in poverty in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. This could involve food poverty, debt, worklessness, loneliness or mental ill-health. Vineyard Compassion help over 5,000 people a year through a variety of services including: housing for those at risk, emergency food, clothing and household essentials to those in crisis, as well as debt conselling and money management support.


| In 2018, they provided 10,961 support sessions in their community for those at the point of crisis

| Their social supermarket supported 58 families comprising 150 people with £16,394 of total food costs saved.

Why they won a CSJ Award: 

Vineyard Compassion have won a CSJ Award because we believe that recognition of what they are achieving will open the door to further opportunities and relationships. They wish to expand both in the quantity and quality of their services.

Vineyard Compassion online:

The Financial Inclusion Award is presented by Rachel Riley.
Rachel Riley is a British television presenter and mathematician. She co-presents the Channel 4 daytime puzzle show Countdown and its comedy spin-off 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Award Sponsor:

Winner: Football Beyond Borders

What they do:

Football Beyond Borders use football as a catalyst for creating change in the attitude, performance and aspirations of ‘at-risk’ young people in our school system. Football Beyond Borders’ key objective is to engage disadvantaged, vulnerable young people with learning to instil pride, belief in themselves and hope for the future. 800 people access Football Beyond Borders each year. They deliver a ‘core schools’ programme weekly in 42 schools.


| 75% of their participants will achieve a 20% improvement in their attitude to learning.

| 85% of participants report improved relationships with peers, teachers and overall enhanced well-being.

Why they won a CSJ Award: 

Football Beyond Borders won a CSJ Award because of their innovative approach. We believe that this has the potential to transform the lives of thousands of the most vulnerable young people in our school system.

Football Beyond Borders online:

The Education Award is presented by Chris Smalling.
Chris Smalling is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Serie A club Roma, on loan from Manchester United of the Premier League, and the England national team.

Winner: The Jericho Foundation

What they do:

The Jericho Foundation help the most vulnerable in Birmingham get back on their feet and into work. They use 7 of their in-house social businesses to give people work, volunteering and training experience. These social enterprises provide opportunities for people who would otherwise not get the break they need. They also provide a therapeutic and supportive work environment which focuses on personal development and mentoring.


| 1,883 people access the Jericho Foundation each year.

| 1,810 have reported improvement in confidence, self-esteem and relationships.

Why they won a CSJ Award: 

The Jericho Foundation won a CSJ Award because of the impact they are having – 79% of their clients sustain work having been through the Jericho programme. They plan to expand their existing businesses, creating a franchise/partnership model that will enable them to increase their impact beyond Birmingham.

The Jericho Foundation online:

The Work and Welfare Award is presented by Bear Grylls OBE.
Bear Grylls is a British former SAS serviceman, survival instructor, and honorary lieutenant-colonel, and, outside his military career, an adventurer, writer, television presenter and businessman.

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