A Yorkshire based charity received a prestigious award at last night’s 2013 Charity Times Awards.
Yorkshire MESMAC were awarded ‘Charity of the Year: with an income of less than 1 million’ at the award ceremony last night for their outstanding contribution in improving sexual health across Yorkshire. The charity focuses on HIV prevention and sexual health promotion with the LGBT community. Being one of the oldest and largest sexual health organisations in England, the charity offers services including community-based HIV testing, counselling and support groups as well as sexual health promotion.
The charity are also part of services that include The Blast! Project, helping young men or boys who have experiences or are at risk of sexual exploitation and grooming.
The awards event, which took place in London on the 17 October, saw over 650 of the voluntary sectors most senior people attend, and watch Yorkshire MESMAC receive their award. The charity was praised by the judges, stating that their work was a “very thoughtful, innovative approach, with an amazingly impressive impact”.
Ellen Hill, Yorkshire MESMAC’s Operations manager said: ‘We’re delighted with our win at the Charity Times awards this week. Charity of the year in our category is a fantastic achievement. It’s a great recognition of the excellent work of our volunteers, trustees and staff team in responding to the needs of our communities.’
Yorkshire MESMAC offer monthly HIV testing sessions at James College at York University. The next session will be held on the 7 November at YUSU ASC Centre between 5-8pm.