- Posted by Chris Lincoln
- On 19th October 2016
Evolve has been recognised for being an innovative leader in its field by winning the Social Enterprise of the Year Award by Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber (SEYH).
Company chairman Graham Morgan and two of his team picked up the award in Leeds on behalf of all the Evolve staff across the country.
He said: “These types of awards give companies and business leaders some recognition which goes a long way to encourage social enterprises in their roles to be positively disruptive for the good of the communities they serve.
“We started with an idea to save the next generation from having their lives damaged by physical health and emotional wellbeing issues as they grow up in the digital age.
“We now have evidence from two separate independent impact reports confirming we are having this positive influence on the behaviour and decision making of children.
“The SEYH award says we have demonstrated a track record of delivery, growth and innovation alongside future plans to take the organisation to the next level.
“We have only succeeded through the help and encouragement of our team, supporters, our innovative educational partners and most of all the forward-thinking head teachers of the schools where we work.”
There was a strong education focus at the SEYH awards night with Elliot Turnbull of The Works Skate Park in Leeds, which targets disaffected youngsters through non-traditional sport, winning the Social Entrepreneur title. The guest speaker was Nathan Atkinson co-founder of the Fuel for Schools Social Enterprise Initiative that feeds hungry primary school pupils.
Graham added: “Evolve works to improve children’s physical and mental health while simultaneously improving pupils’ progress in school and beyond. This strong education representation at the awards shows how much the education system needs to be challenged and positively disrupted.
“Today’s society and education system is breeding despair in the next generation and fails those children who are not typically academic. It is a sign that innovative social enterprise is also needed to tackle the growing number of pupils suffering physical and mental health issues.”
Alex Sobel General Manager of SEYH said: “The quality and strength of applicants was amazing, the winners are doing truly exceptional work employing local people, driving enterprise and changing lives with truly inspirational work.”
Pictured above: Senior Health Mentor Brian Padden, Chairman Graham Morgan and Yorkshire Regional Manager Sascha MacDonald