20 businesses have been presented ‘Shared Value Awards’ by the BBC’s Reverend Kate Bottley, Patron of homelessness charity Oasis Community Housing, at the local charity’s annual Black and Gold Ball held at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.

“Our Shared Value Awards recognise those businesses that go above and beyond in support of our charity,” explains Oasis Community Housing’s Chief Executive, David Smith.

“Every year we deliver help, housing and, moreover, a place people feel they belong through our drop-ins, emergency accommodation and supported accommodation projects in the North East of England and South London. We could not deliver what we do without the generous support of our valued corporate partners and the dedicated individuals within these businesses.”

PICTURES: See all of the photos from our 2022 Black & Gold Ball

One of this year’s top accolades was awarded to North East construction company Meldrum Group. Commenting on receiving their charity award, Cheryl James, Chair of the Meldrum Foundation, said, “Meldrum Foundation is all about transforming the quality of life for local people and communities, that is why it is so great to be supporting Oasis Community Housing, a local charity dedicated to rebuilding people’s lives by offering hope, support and the ability to see a positive and bright future for themselves.

“‘Building Communities and Transforming Lives’ is what is important to us as a charity and Oasis Community Housing shares that same vision of making a difference. We are proud to support such a fantastic organisation and the work they do.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be awarded a Shared Value Award and look forward to continuing to work with Oasis Community Housing moving forward to continue to make a real difference to those in need of a helping hand to enable them to build a new life for themselves.”

Other recipients of the charity’s 2022 Shared Value Awards include Tolent, Consultiv Utilities, UMi, Armadillo Self Storage, Durhamlane, Gentoo, Karbon Homes, Pepperells Solicitors and Pilote Classics.

Award winners Muckle LLP, Hilton Newcastle Gateshead and Northern Print Solutions were also kind supporters of the Black and Gold Ball itself.

Held for the first time in three years, due to the pandemic, it was attended by almost 250 businesses and supporters of the local charity raising over £30,000 for the charity’s services supporting men, women and, young people and vulnerable families facing homelessness.

For a full list of this year’s Shared Value Awards winners and more information about how your workplace can get involved in the charity’s work, visit our Workplace page.