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Awards

& Accreditations


See below for the full details of our Awards and Accreditations.


When walking into Advocacy Focus HQ, you can’t miss our accolades – proudly displayed for all to see.

We are very proud of the team behind the scenes who make everything possible and can’t thank them enough for their hard work, dedication and commitment. All of our awards are dedicated to our super employees, senior management team, trustees and volunteers who make the work we do so worthwhile.

Below are just some of the titles we’ve earned over the years…

Awards

Winner of Workforce Development Award Hyndburn Business Awards 2021
Highly Commended for Not for Profit Organisation Award Hyndburn Business Awards 2021
Finalist for Community Business of the Year BIBAs Awards 2021
Finalist for Disability Inclusion and Inclusive Recruitment Award NWEEG Awards
Finalist for Health & Wellbeing Award NWEEG Awards
Finalist for Resilience Award Red Rose Awards 2021
Finalist for Not for Profit Organisation Award Red Rose Awards 2021
Finalist for Health & Wellbeing Award Red Rose Awards 2021
Nominated for a Beacon Award Hyndburn Business Awards 2019
Winners of Not-for-profit Business Award Red Rose Awards 2019
Winners of In-house Training Award Red Rose Awards 2019
Finalists for Employer of the Year Award Red Rose Awards 2019
Winner of the Champion of Women Award (CEO, Justine Hodgkinson) British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2019
Shortlisted for a Leadership Award (Leanne Hignett) Third Sector Care Awards 2018
Winner of Outstanding Advocate (Nerj Syla) National Advocacy Awards 2018
Shortlisted for Outstanding Service National Advocacy Awards 2018
Shortlisted for Best Co-Production, Equality & Diversity National Advocacy Awards 2018
Winner of Charity Director of the Year (John Hutchison, Operations Director) North West Charity Awards 2018
Highly Commended Volunteer Team of the Year North West Charity Awards 2018
Shortlisted for Charity of the Year North West Charity Awards 2018
Winners of Apprenticeship Award Hyndburn Awards 2018
Shortlisted for Non-Profit Award Hyndburn Awards 2018
Winners of Skills, Education and Training Award E3 Business Awards 2018
Shortlisted for Charity of the Year, Employer of the Year E3 Business Awards 2018
Winners of Excellence in Engagement (Justine Hodgkinson, CEO) North-West Employee Engagement Awards 2018
Finalists in the categories of Employer of the Year and Third Sector Business of the year BIBA’s 2018
Shortlisted for Volunteer of the Year Selnet Enterprise in Society Awards 2018
Highly Commended status for Volunteer Manager of the Year 2017 North West Charity Awards
Shortlisted for Charity of the Year 2017 North West Charity Awards
Winners for Excellence in Training and Mentoring 2017 Selnet Enterprise in Society Award
Finalist Large Business of the Year 2017 Hyndburn Business Awards
Winners of the Outstanding Service category 2016 National Advocacy Awards
Highly Commended recognition for Leanne Barber in the Outstanding Advocate category 2016 National Advocacy Awards
Winners for Most Effective Partnership 2014 Selnet Enterprise in Society Award
Highly Commended status recognition for our partnership work in IMCA 2011 National Charity Awards

Accreditations 

2020 Quality Performance Mark (QPM) in Advocacy

Advocacy Focus has held the highly acclaimed QPM accreditation since 2009, and our most recent glowing review and assessment will see us retain this accreditation until 2023.

The QPM accreditation allows Advocacy Focus to demonstrate and prove how effectively and efficiently we are meeting and exceeding the different standards of the nationally recognised Advocacy Charter.

Investors in Volunteers

Advocacy Focus received their accreditation in Oct 2020 and will retain this accreditation until October 2023

2009 National Advocacy Standards Award

Advocacy Focus were proud to be only the fifth organisation in the country to have ever been awarded this accreditation at this time… testament to our pioneering work in our industry!

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