Aspire Oxfordshire, Recruiter’s chosen Charity of the Year, highlighted its work with the long-term unemployed and those whom society has written off, through an inspirational video shown at the event.
The charity also benefitted by around £2,500 raised on the night at a casino event held after the awards were presented.
Aspire Oxfordshire’s chief executive Jenny Fox and head of development and fundraising Jane Harris both attended the event. Harris told Recruiter after the evening: “From the moment we arrived we were bowled over by the number of people approaching us with innovative ways of supporting our enterprises and trainees.”
She went on to say that both herself and Fox received “many, many offers of work placement opportunities and advance notice of upcoming vacancies” as well as the “invaluable donations”.
“The success of our organisation is so closely shaped by our corporate partners and it was refreshing to be reminded that we are not alone in our commitment to seeing some of society’s most disadvantaged citizens turn their lives around through employment.”
Since the Awards, Aspire has been shortlisted to the final three for the Oxfordshire Business Awards 2012 Oxford Times Charity and Community Award, in addition to working on a pilot for introducing full accredited training across Aspire’s enterprises, funded through Oxfordshire County Council. “This is due to start in June,” Harris added. “More excitement!”