COVID-19 has had a profound effect on our services, the city we love, and the world we work to improve. Throughout the pandemic, we have adapted to novel conditions, and constantly sought out new sources of funding, in order to keep providing services to BAME women, who face such profound obstacles in normal times, let alone during the current period.
Our work over the past few months has, at times, been extremely depressing. So when positive developments occur, we must cherish them. One such development occurred earlier this month.
Our CEO, Benaifer Bhandari, has been shortlisted by the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organizations(ACEVO), for the Jane Slowey Memorial membership.
This is offered to a select eight BAME and/or disabled women who are in their first two years as a CEO for a charity or social enterprise.
The eight recipients get expert support, guidance, advice and mentoring in all facets of running a charity or social enterprise.
ACEVO’s mission is to inspire and support civil society leaders by providing connections,
advocacy and skills. Their members include the leaders of small, community based groups, ambitious medium-sized organisations, and well known, well-loved national and international not-for-profits.
Final selection happens in September, but even to make the shortlist is a great honour, and is well deserved recognition for Benaifer.
Since being appointed in 2018, Benaifer has helped Hopscotch to grow and expand as a charity. She has overseen the refurbishment of our facilities to help us better serve our community, and has navigated Hopscotch through the COVID-19 pandemic, applying and getting major funding from the National Lottery, Camden Giving and many other wonderful funders.
Hopscotch is a family, and when one of us achieves great things, it is recognition for us all. We are all very proud of Benaifer, and the achievement this shortlisting represents. Congratulations Benaifer, and thanks for all your hard work!