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Gloucestershire charity wins national award

A Stroud-based charity has taken home the top prize in the Social Care, Advice & Support category at this year's Charity Awards.

The Nelson Trust, a charity specialising in trauma-informed residential rehabilitation and women's community services, won the award for its Sex Worker Outreach Project.

The project provides street sex workers in Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire with holistic one-to-one support to help them overcome addiction, be protected against sexual violence, find safe and stable homes, and ultimately exit sex working altogether.

Of 100 women identified as street sex workers in the areas, the Nelson Trust has successfully supported 40 of them to safely exit sex working.

Katie Lewis, exploitation lead at the Nelson Trust, heads up the project. She said: "It is such an honour for The Nelson Trust to win the category of Social Care, Advice and Support at The Charity Awards 2019. I am immensely proud that our important work has been recognised, and congratulations to all the other winners and shortlisted charities, who also do amazing work.

"I'd like to thank our amazing outreach workers, who work tirelessly to advocate and support our women, empowering them to have a life full of hope. Thank you also to our volunteers, The Nelson Trust community and partner agencies. This award is dedicated to all the women we support, who empower us to give them a voice."

SWOP is currently funded by The Big Lottery, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Charles Hayward Foundation and the OPCC for Gloucestershire.

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Alongside the nine other category winners, the Overall Winner and the recipient of the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, the Nelson Trust was presented with its trophy at a black-tie ceremony at the Tower of London on Wednesday 5 June, hosted by broadcaster, former pop star and Church of England priest the Rev Richard Coles.

Matt Nolan, chief executive of Civil Society Media which organises the Charity Awards, said: "We had more entries than ever before this year, and the standard was as high as ever, so the Nelson Trust should be very proud to have won their category. Their work delivers great results."

"For 20 years the Charity Awards have been recognising and celebrating the fantastic work that large and small charities do up and down the UK every day of the week, and the rigorous judging process ensures that only the very best-run charities win awards."

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