The Charity Awards is the charity world’s longest running, biggest and best known awards ceremony. This year’s charities have been judged by an independent panel of charity leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice which other organisations can learn from.

Aspire’s InstructAbility Programme has been shortlisted in the Disability category and winners are due to be announced at a ceremony on 8th June. The scheme, delivered in partnership with YMCAfit and funded by Sport England, enables disabled people to become qualified fitness professionals. Instructors are then based in facilities across the country where they play a key role in getting others active and promoting inclusion across the fitness industry. 

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Julian Chislett, chief executive of Civil Society Media, which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated all the shortlisted charities on making the highly-coveted shortlist. He said:

“The standard of entries this year was incredible, and the charities we shortlist remain a constant inspiration to all of us.

“For 17 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do. Our rigorous judging process singles out those charities with the most innovative ideas and the most inspirational approaches to delivering maximum impact.

“We wish all the charities the very best of luck on the night.”

John Low, chief executive of Charities Aid Foundation, overall partner of the Charity Awards, said:

"CAF's purpose is to support the amazing work of charities and it is always a huge pleasure to focus on their achievements at The Charity Awards.

"Nominees on the shortlist this year are examples of large and small charities at their very best.  They are truly leaders in their field innovating, supporting and helping people in communities across the UK and overseas.

 "Recognising the incredible work undertaken by these charities reveals what an important difference they make to so many people's lives and provides inspiration to everyone working within the sector."

 Hilary Farmiloe, InstructAbility Programme Manager at Aspire, said:

 “We are enormously proud to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. We owe huge thanks to all our partners and funders for enabling our InstructAbility graduates to achieve such successful outcomes related to health, fitness, volunteering and employment.

 “Through the, ‘Hallmarks of Excellence’, we have not just been judged on what we do, but also on how we function as a charity. To be an award finalist is therefore a great credit to everyone at Aspire, from project staff, through to senior leaders and the board of trustees.”