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Domestic Abuse WA12 pick up an award at the St Helens Business Awards

Top award for Newton-le-Willows domestic abuse charity

by Gemma Melling

A community interest company which supports people affected by domestic abuse in Newton-le-Willows is celebrating after picking up a top award.

Domestic Abuse WA12 were named ‘Social Impact Business of the Year’ at the St Helens Borough Business Awards, which took place at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday, 20 October 2023.

The St Helens Borough Business Awards are organised in collaboration with St Helens Chamber and St Helens Borough Council, recognising and celebrating the success and accomplishments of businesses and people over the past year.

The Social Impact Business of the Year category recognises any businesses that can demonstrate, evidence and communicate their social impact to its stakeholders.

Domestic Abuse WA12 were praised by the judges for their ability to go beyond the purpose of the organisation into wider environmental impact awareness. As well as their work supporting survivors of domestic abuse, the group have also set up a food share initiative, partnering with a local food bank to support people in need.

This work was highlighted for praise by the judging panel at the St Helens Business Awards, saying it showed great initiative.

Debbie Taylor and Emma Hasleon from Domestic Abuse WA12

Debbie Taylor and Emma Hasleon from Domestic Abuse WA12 with their award

Emma Hasleton from Domestic Abuse WA12 said: “We were absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for the award, but to win was phenomenal.

“We have been blown away by the support from other businesses and services in St Helens, and Newton.

“Our domestic abuse services will no doubt really benefit from new relationships we have made, building on the Chamber event.”

Tracy Mawson, Chief Executive at St Helens Chamber, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the volume and calibre of entries to the St Helens Borough Business Awards. It has been a pleasure to see so much talent on display during this year’s judging process. The judges really did have a difficult job on their hands, but I believe we have found some truly outstanding winners.

“For me the Awards demonstrates the depth and breadth of the business community here in the borough and that diversity is our strength.”

Cllr Kate Groucutt, Cabinet Member for Economy, Business & Skills at St Helens Borough Council, added: “It’s great to celebrate and recognise some of the many examples of resilience, innovation, and achievements in the local economy.

“Seeing the calibre of finalists, their stories, their people and progress gives me the utmost certainty that we can look forward with confidence as a borough. The quality of entries this year has been outstanding, and we are proud to host this sell-out event that throws a spotlight on business from all sectors.”

Find out more about Domestic Abuse WA12

You’ll find them in our Local Directory.

Support Domestic Abuse WA12

You’ll find more information about how to support the work of Domestic Abuse WA12 on their Facebook page or website.

You can also come along to a charity shopping event on Friday, 27 October from 7-9 pm at Cross Lane United Church. There’ll be indoor market stalls to get you started with your Christmas shopping essenstials, and Domestic Abuse WA12 will have a tombola stall raising money for their cause.

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