Teenage Helpline shortlisted for UK Charity Governance Awards 2024

Teenage Helpline
Press Release

For immediate release: 17th April 2024

Teenage Helpline shortlisted for UK Charity Governance Awards 2024

UK-based charity, Teenage Helpline, has been shortlisted for the UK-wide Charity Governance Awards, it has been announced. It is in the running for the Improving Impact (0-3 paid staff) award which comes with a £5,000 unrestricted grant. Teenage Helpline is one of 18 charities from across the UK that has already secured £1,000 in unrestricted grant funding for making it onto the shortlist.

Teenage Helpline joins other nominated charities who are engaged in a diverse range of activities including action for climate change, numeracy skills for children, tackling homelessness, support for carers, and dance training for people with learning disabilities. The winners will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony in central London on 30 May 2024.

Joshua Towers, CEO of Teenage Helpline, said “it is a great honour to be shortlisted for a Charity Governance Award in the category of improving impact. Over the past couple of years, we have made great strides in introducing individuals to our Board who possess the skills and experience to help Teenage Helpline grow. It has been hard work, but I am pleased to see that our efforts as a Charity have been recognised.”

Deepak Nambisan, who chairs the Awards for the organisers The Clothworkers’ Company, said, “This year, around two-thirds of our shortlist are small charities of under 30 employees, with half the total nominees being charities with 10 paid staff members or fewer. This demonstrates just how important trustees can be in steering a small charity with limited resources towards success. These small charities have earned a place on the bench alongside national organisations that continue to innovate and uphold best practice in governance while tackling some of society’s most pressing issues.

“Congratulations to all our shortlisted charities, both big and small – they are shining examples to the whole sector of what can be achieved when you have remarkable trustees on your board.”

A place on the shortlist has secured all 18 charities a paid one-year membership of the Association of Chairs for their board, and a complementary place on a Cause4 Trustee Leadership Programme for a new member of their board.

For the Charity Governance Awards, The Clothworkers’ Company – a City of London livery company that champions trusteeship initiatives – is partnered with not-for-profit consultancy NPC (New Philanthropy Capital), third sector recruitment specialists Prospectus, and the trustee-matching charity Reach Volunteering.

You can follow the awards on Twitter via @CharityGovAward or by using the hashtag #CharityGov24. Winners will be announced on the website following the ceremony in May – for more information on the shortlist, past winners and more, visit www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk.


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For more information or to request an interview with a spokesperson, please contact Joshua Towers, CEO and Chairperson of Teenage Helpline, [email protected].

Charity Governance Awards 2024 – Shortlist (in alphabetical order; see www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk for all case studies and the following links for full charity details).

Board Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Transforming with Digital

Improving Impact in Small Charities (0-3 paid staff)

Improving Impact in Small Charities (4-30 paid staff)

People in Governance

From Systemic Challenge to Meaningful Change

About The Clothworkers’ Company

The Clothworkers’ Company is one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies in the City of London. Founded in 1528, our original purpose was to protect our members and promote the craft of cloth-finishing within the City. Today, our mission is to inspire and empower individuals and communities through action, partnership and financial support. We are particularly focused on UK textiles, charity governance, and philanthropy – through The Clothworkers’ Foundation and beyond. For the past 20 years, we’ve worked to establish ourselves as champions of trusteeship – encouraging members to volunteer their time and talents, and developing strategic partnerships and initiatives that allow us to support improved charity governance across the UK. www.Clothworkers.co.uk.

About NPC (New Philanthropy Capital)

NPC (New Philanthropy Capital) is a charity think tank and consultancy which occupies a unique position at the nexus between charities and funders, helping them achieve the greatest impact. It is driven by the values and mission of the charity sector, to which it brings the rigour, clarity and analysis needed to achieve the better outcomes that we all seek. NPC also shares the motivations and passion of funders, to whom NPC brings its expertise, experience and track record of success.


About Prospectus

Prospectus is a specialist recruitment consultancy and recruitment advertising and design agency working exclusively with the beyond profit sector. It offers a range of recruitment services leading to appointments at every level, from temporary administrator up to chief executive or board roles.


About Reach Volunteering

Reach Volunteering connects social purpose organisations with people who want to donate their skills. Every year, hundreds of organisations recruit trustees and volunteers with expertise through our service.


For interviews or further information please contact Joshua Towers, [email protected]

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About Teenage Helpline

Teenage Helpline provides online peer-to-peer mentoring to young people aged 25 and under across the United Kingdom. These important early intervention services open additional pathways for young people to get the support that they need, especially those many young people who feel unable to or uncomfortable reaching out to an adult or professional. Young people can reach out to Teenage Helpline about any difficulties that they may be facing, including mental health, relationships, sexuality, school, work and just about anything else. All Teenage Helpline mentors are aged between 16 and 25.