Safe and Sound has won the community initiative category of the Derbyshire Times Business Excellence Awards 2021 in recognition of the positive impact that the charity has on local communities across the county.

The award recognised Safe and Sound’s growing workload to support children, young people, vulnerable adults and families affected by exploitation with a particular emphasis on supporting and protecting young people who have been particularly vulnerable to online grooming during the pandemic.

It also applauded new initiatives in the past year which have included the launch of outreach work in areas such as Ilkeston, Long Eaton and Swadlincote and activities supported by the government’s Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF).

Allen Graham, chair of Trustees said: “Once again I am humbled by the recognition received through the dedication, passion and skill of our talented staff and volunteers. We are proud of the different they make every day.

“We are grateful to the sponsors Blachford Acoustics Group and the Derbyshire Times for this accolade and recognition.”

Safe and Sound CEO Tracy Harrison added: “Entering awards such as these are important to raise the profile of the work we do across Derbyshire.

“They also recognise the contribution made by everyone in the organisation as well as our partners and supporters to support some of the most vulnerable young people and their families in our local communities.”