Team of the Year – Innovation
Teams helping us remotely connect: Roll out of IT equipment to participants, digital accessibility, behind the scenes innovation to change ways of working through the pandemic.

The finalists:

The GRoW App Team
Submitting organisation: Belina Consulting
The GRoW App has revolutionised employment support for Belina Consulting’s participants and moves them into work faster.
The App is there 24 hours a day – it is immediate and interactive and means specialist work can be accessed by a much wider group than through physical venues.

The Disability Information Bureaux (DIB)
Submitting organisation: New Leaf Cheshire
The Disability Information Bureaux (DIB) is one of the partners working with New Leaf, a free program which supports unemployed people aged 18 to 65 years to get into employment.
It launched a Remote Digital Inclusion Course during lockdown which has continued and has enabled participants to engage remotely in the New Leaf programme.

Reaching People – Moneywise Plus Project
Moneywise Plus helps boost the work and life opportunities of unemployed and disadvantaged people with a focus on building financial and digital life skills.
It has launched a donations campaign and built two new partnerships in the process, collected over 120 devices including laptops, computers, smartphones, and tablets which are being restored and donated to clients.

Saffron Interactive
Saffron was selected by the Department for Education and Nesta to address how best to support workers most at risk from changes to the labour market, to upskill and retrain, at scale.
Saffron developed Create Your Own Future (CYOF), a holistic and inclusive solution using an innovative Artificially Intelligent video coach that complements and supports the work of live advisors.

Reducing Parental Conflict Team
Submitting organisation: Twin Group
The Reducing Parental Conflict (RPC) Programme uses face-to-face interventions to reduce parental conflict and improve children’s outcomes. It responds to evidence of the strain that worklessness has on families and children.
Following the start of Covid, the team devised and implemented an innovative online approach which is cost-effective and transferable across the wider sector.

Team Pie
Submitting organisation: Unity Works
Team Pie has founded Unity Pies, the newest venture from Unity Works which supports people with a learning disability to gain skills and jobs.
The project is the extension of a lunchtime cook-along session run in lockdown and sees participants create and sell pies to customers as well as learning about different aspects of the business.

West Lothian Council, Supported Employment Service
West Lothian Council Supported Employment Service provides specialist employability support to residents with additional support needs, health conditions or a disability, who face additional barriers to finding and sustaining employment.
The team has developed a programme of online employability support for young job seekers called EVOLVE.

This award category is sponsored by Simpact CIC
A consultancy with a clear social purpose: reinvesting profits from our consultancy activity, to develop and deliver support services for disadvantaged young people in London and the South West.

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The full list of the finalists across all categories can be found here and more on the awards here.