On Monday (8th March), the Northern Power Women’s awards were held to coincide with International Women’s day. The awards which were postponed last year because of the pandemic welcomed around 900 guests virtually.
One of the winners of the night was Freema Chambers founder and CEO of the Community School Clothing Scheme, who won the person with purpose 2020 Award. Person with purpose is awarded to a person who achieves an impact, supporting charity, community or social change. Freema was one of 8 category finalists who are all deserving in their own right.
Freema set up the scheme almost 4 years ago, in her own home to support local families with school uniform and accessories. During that time it has grown immensely, the scheme now has 6 premises across the northeast helping thousands of families struggling with the financial impact uniform costs have. No longer is the scheme operated by one lady but by an army of volunteers who are dedicated to relieving the pressures of family poverty in the northeast. In just 3 years the Community School Clothing Scheme has become a vital and essential service for so many and very often the first port of call when someone needs a little help. The scheme provides a huge uniform service, stocking over 400 northeast schools for parents to access not only this but also has a free formal wear service, a free nursery equipment loan service, a furniture and housewares service. Community stores.
This year the community school clothing scheme has launched their uniform donation bank campaign, Encouraging all Northeast schools to sign up, with a donation bank on site. The take up has been fantastic with Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside and South Tyneside taking part.
On winning the award Freema said ‘I am absolutely thrilled and so shocked to be awarded with person with purpose 2020. This is truly a wonderful recognition for the work myself and volunteers do, and the positive impact it is having on our communities. I am extremely blessed to have teams of volunteers who are passionate for our cause and dedicate so much to the scheme. We all passionately believe in the scheme and know just how much northeast families depend on the services we provide. Winning this award is the biggest thank you and job well done we could receive. I think I speak for all our volunteers when I say we are all so thrilled to be recognised for the hard work and effort which goes into providing the services we do. and I think we are all very proud of that.
Simone Roche, Founder and Chief executive of Northern Power Women said, ‘The volume and quality of nominations continues to exceed our expectations, as we have received a record breaking 1,480 nominations, featuring outstanding people with some truly incredible stories to tell.’
The event saw many deserving Award winners and nominations being celebrated for their achievements. Including Freema Chambers, founder and CEO of the Community School Clothing Scheme. Who won the Person with Purpose 2020 Award. Person with purpose is awarded to a person who achieves an impact, supporting charity, community or social change. Freema was one of 8 category finalists who are all deserving in their own right.’
With all the scheme has achieved since its humble beginnings you can certainly say Freema and her team of dedicated volunteers have a purpose.