OMID Shortlisted for Civil Society Charity Award May 5, 2016 by Kim OMID is delighted to announce that we have made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector. OMID Foundation has been shortlisted in the International Aid and Development category for its trauma informed holistic care program, which aims to empower and support disadvantaged young women in Iran and transform their lives. The Charity Awards is the sector’s most highly-regarded excellence recognition scheme. All 30 shortlisted charities this year have been judged by an independent panel of sector leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice from which other organisations can learn. The ten category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a ceremony and dinner on Thursday 9 June at the Mermaid Theatre in London’s Blackfriars. The black-tie evening will be hosted by former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull, who will be joined by representatives of the shortlisted charities, alongside senior figures from the charity and civil society sector, and a smattering of celebrities from the worlds of theatre, television, music and sport. Tania Mason, editorial director at Civil Society Media which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated OMID Foundation on making the highly-coveted shortlist. She said: “We had a record number of entries this year, and the standard was particularly high, so OMID Foundation should be very proud to have made the shortlist. For 16 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do, and the rigorous judging process ensures that only the very best-run charities make it through.” “We wish OMID Foundation the very best of luck on the night.” John Low, chief executive of Charities Aid Foundation, overall partner of the Charity Awards, said: “CAF exists to support the amazing work of charities. Anyone looking to see some of the impressive ways in which charities make a difference would only need to take a look at the shortlisted nominees for this year’s Charity Awards. “These are shining examples of charities at their very best, showing determined leadership and constantly innovating to support people in communities across the UK and beyond. It has been a difficult year for the charity sector and there are important lessons to take away from this. But it is no less vital that we continue to celebrate the success of charities which make such a difference to people’s lives in so many different ways. “Recognising the achievements of charities, like those in this year’s shortlist, is a crucial part of how we continue to maintain and build a proud culture of caring for others and selfless generosity in Britain.” Marjaneh Halati (Founder and CEO of OMID) said: OMID is delighted to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. Of course, we don’t do what we do just to win awards, but when you do get recognition it gives you a big morale boost and incentive to carry on. It’s fantastic to hear that the work we are doing is appreciated.” Others nominated in the International Aid and Development category include: Send A Cow, Vision For A Nation Foundation and Camped International. We will update you with more on this story after June 9th.