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The annual Third Sector Awards are held in London every year, and aim to celebrate the dedication and hard work of registered charities, not-for-profit organisations, and campaigning groups.


The Third Sector Awards have had great success, and are now the leading awards in the sector. Each year their own coverage, promotions, and marketing, brings much deserved awareness and recognition to the causes each charity works for, and the people behind them who commit their time to ensure their charities are the best they can be at helping others and providing support in a number of different areas, including Alzheimer’s, diabetes, poverty reduction, cancer, childcare, literacy, and animal welfare.

The awards shortlist for 2014 has now been decided, and the winners will be announced at a presentation in London at the Grand Connaught Rooms on September 18th. There are a full range of categories at the awards, including Best Start Up, Big Impact Award, Brand Development, Charity Chair of the Year, Charity Partnership, Communications Campaign, Corporate Partnership, Direct Marketing Campaign, Enterprise, Fundraising Success, Rising Chief Executive, Small Charity-Big Achiever, Use of Digital Media, Volunteer Manager, and Volunteer of the Year.

Calan DVS are extremely pleased to say that our CEO, Rhian Bowen-Davies, has been shortlisted in the Rising Chief Executive category. This category awards the chief executive that has made an outstanding contribution to their organisation, or the wider sector, during their first two years in the post. Rhian has been included in the category with a number of big names in the third sector, such as the chief executives of Women’s Aid England, Missing People, and Doctors of the World.  Rhian is also the only Welsh person, from an exclusively Welsh charity, to be shortlisted this year.

Due to Rhian’s passionate leadership Calan DVS has engaged 2473 young people in prevention programmes during the last year, supported women and children in to crisis accommodation, achieved success in the Swansea Bay Volunteer and Leaders in Wales awards, generated a greatly increased turnover, achieved the Chwarae Teg ‘Exemplar Employer’ award, and most recently, was awarded £2 million funding from Big Lottery Wales to deliver a 5 year project early intervention and support project  for children and young people exposed to domestic violence and abuse. Rhian is now leading a merger of Brecknock Women’s Aid and Calan DVS which will extend the geographical reach of Calan DVS into South Powys.

Being shortlisted for such a prestigious award is a huge achievement for Rhian and Calan DVS and we wish her all the best for the 18th September as she represents Calan DVS.

To find out more about the awards, and the other categories and nominees, you can visit their website here.