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2017 Shortlist | Body & Soul

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Body & Soul

Shortlist – Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk


What they do

Body & Soul provides a transformational community to people of all ages who have had adverse childhood experiences.

What they’ve achieved

After being approached by Barnet Council, Body & Soul saw the opportunity to expand services to support adopted children with its unique, whole-person approach.

Its board carefully scrutinised potential impacts and ensured the existing community was consulted about the expansion before new members were invited in. Healthy and open debate within the organisation has empowered the charity to seize this opportunity and create an outstanding programme dedicated to the needs of adopted children.

Through exploration and research, Body & Soul recognised an opportunity to change its focus from primarily working with young people living with HIV, to supporting a new group of beneficiaries.

This move meant repositioning its mission and seizing the opportunity to add extra value to its community.

The judges recognised how Body & Soul expanded its expertise and services first to adopted children, and then to young people who had attempted suicide.

The board, a third of whom are members of the organisation, displayed strong governance, understanding and communication throughout this process. By recruiting trustees and senior management team with communications expertise, it ensured this approach was a success.


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