Open Road's Criminal Justice & Welfare Area Manager Steve Wood has won a national award at the 12th Social Change Awards 2020.

With hundreds of nominations and thousands of votes, DSC (Directory of Social Change) held the annual awards evening on Wednesday 22nd January in the beautiful surroundings of the Cholmondeley Room at the House of Lords.

The awards ceremony was attended by 200 guests from all over the charity sector to celebrate the excellent work being carried out by individuals and organisations committed to making positive changes in society.

The evening was hosted by The Lord Dannatt and supported by Haysmacintyre and Centre 4 Learning

Steve Wood was nominated in the Outstanding Contribution Award, and won the top prize.

About the award

From the awards website: The award is for individuals who have made a major contribution to an organisation or community and have devoted their time and energy to achieving sustained positive change, over the span of their working life (13 years). Their work will demonstrate measurable positive results and changes that have made a difference to individuals or the wider community.

The beautiful award was a unique framed artwork designed by award winning artist Grizelda.

The winner...

Steve Wood is one of Open Road's most "longest standing and most passionate advocates".

Steve began by volunteering at Open Road before successfully starting work with us in 2000. In this time, Steve has had many different roles throughout the organisation whilst bringing his plethora of vast knowledge and experience to every role.

The role of Criminal Justice and Welfare Manager brings a number of challenges and responsibilities including the effective management & oversight of:

In Steve Wood's acceptance of the award he said "I was really surprised to be nominated for the award, let alone win it! I don't do my job for recognition, however, it means so much to receive this award to mark the great work and success for all of these services. I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and to all who have supported me in my journey. The success of these services are dependent on the people and I am fortunate to have great teams of enthusiastic staff and volunteers."

Open Road's CEO Sarah Wright praised Steve and his achievements "Open Road’s people are the lifeblood of our Charity and we are always really pleased to be able to put their work in the spotlight.  I am delighted that our Criminal Justice Manager, Steve Wood has won a DSC 2020 Social Change Award in the category of ‘Outstanding Achievement’.  It is a fantastic achievement for Steve and all of the projects that he oversees, highlighting all of their hard work and unstinting dedication helping vulnerable people - huge congratulations and very well done."

Read Steve's full nomination made by Nici Hardie, PA to Open Road's CEO.