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RJ4ALL recognised as commended in the Southwark Business Award

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On the 26th of November 2020 at 6 pm, the Southwark business community came together to celebrate the Southwark Business Excellence Awards 2020. The awards are a recognition of the resilience and achievements of the companies based in the borough. Restorative Justice for All International Institute (RJ4ALL) was chosen as a highly commended charity or social enterprise in Southwark. There was a total of 10 finalists for this category,

 and over 50 submissions were made.

RJ4ALL, like other charities and businesses, has been majorly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The organisation has seen a huge increase in demand for their services related to mental health, and demand for other services such as food, PPE and financial help has arisen. Responding to this, RJ4ALL set up the “You are not alone” Covid-19 relief campaign

, which provides mental health support and advice to young children. The project also provides food and PPE to families in the local area, Southwark.
Theo Gavrielides, founder and director of RJ4All

, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised as the commended charity in the Southwark Business Awards 2020. Restoring our communities during but also after the pandemic is simply a restorative justice for all! A huge thank you to our volunteers, staff, funders and organisations that are supporting RJ4All and many congratulations to everyone shortlisted”.

Ben Lyon, chair of the Board of RJ4All, said: “We are an international organisation, which has put down roots in this local community and we are proud to be of service. I started my working life in Southwark 50 years ago – and it’s good to be back”.

The awards were organised by White Label on behalf of Southwark Chamber of Commerce and Southwark Council

. The third edition of these awards arrived in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the whole country under lockdown restrictions. Therefore, the awards ceremony to announce the winners and runners-up took place online. The ceremony was hosted by Miss Fayon Dixon, a presenter and broadcaster who often collaborates with the BBC.

This year, over 100 businesses in Southwark entered the awards. Richard Kalmar, joint interim chair, Southwark Chamber of Commerce, said: “As our remarkable businesses have demonstrated, Southwark truly is a beacon for business excellence. We have been amazed by their achievements and how they have adapted their business models to succeed in these unique times. We are delighted to support and showcase them. Congratulations to our finalists!”

Professor Pat Bailey, Provost, London South Bank University (LSBU)

, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Southwark Business Awards again this year. “LSBU is a civic university and our mission is to cultivate the link between the local Southwark community and businesses. We’re proud to be supporting the local business community during this difficult time and look forward to working with them in future.”

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More information about the Awards can be found on their website.

Pictures of the ceremony can be found on Southwark Awards’ Twitter profile.

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