Ocean Stars Trust has been shortlisted for the UK-wide Charity Governance Awards 2023

It is in the running for the ‘Improving Impact in Small Charities’ award

Naomi Booth :: Monday 15th May 2023 :: This Story

Ocean Stars is one of 15 charities from across the UK that has already secured £1,000 in unrestricted grant funding for making it onto the shortlist.

Ocean Stars joins other nominated charities engaged in a diverse range of activities including mental health research, horticultural therapy, education and mentoring for disadvantaged young people, employment support for refugees, and affordable law services for women. The winners will be announced on 8 June at a live ceremony in London.

A place on the shortlist has also secured the charity a paid one-year membership to the Association of Chairs for their board, and a complementary training place on a Cause4 Trustee Leadership Programme for new members of their boards.

Deepak Nambisan, who chairs the Awards for the organisers The Clothworkers' Company, said, "What is of particular note this year is that, aside from the two award categories specifically for the sector's smallest charities, over half of nominees across all categories are small charities employing fewer than 30 people. This shows that even when funds and other resources are limited, if there is ingenuity, foresight and commitment among the people – from the trustees to those 'on the ground' – then any charity can achieve remarkable things.

"Congratulations to all our shortlisted charities – yet again, the high quality of entries provided plenty of debate around the judging tables, but also plenty of inspiration for the whole sector."

For the Charity Governance Awards, The Clothworkers' Company – a City of London livery company that supports trusteeship initiatives – is partnered with not-for-profit consultancy NPC (New Philanthropy Capital), third sector recruitment specialists Prospectus, and the trustee-matching charity Reach Volunteering.

You can follow the awards on Twitter via @CharityGovAward or by using the hashtag #CharityGov23. Winners will be announced on the website following the ceremony in June – for more information on the shortlist, past winners and more, visit www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk.