Everyone at PPS would like to extend their congratulations to Tempus Novo, which brought home the ‘Best New Charity’ trophy from the Courier Community Spirit Awards last week.
The award recognises “a new charity, set up within the last year, which has made a positive impact on the lives of others since its creation”. Established in 2014, Tempus Novo aims to challenge the cycle of crime in society by finding employment opportunities for repeat offenders who are looking for a new start in life.
PPS is proud to partner with Tempus Novo by employing an ex-offender, who has proved to be a hard-working and valuable addition to the team.
Inspired to change more lives
“To win was a very emotional and proud feeling,” says Steve Freer, Business Development Manager at Tempus Novo. “To receive an award judged by people of such high esteem, and considering the tough competition, was an incredibly rewarding feeling and has inspired us to work hard to change more lives.”
The organisation was encouraged to apply by its Calderdale area manager and the application focused on the fact that Tempus Novo offers a bespoke and personal service that changes lives, rather than number crunching. At the same time, the figures are impressive: in the past 12 months Tempus Novo has saved over £1m from the public purse for an outlay of just £10,000.
About the awards
The annual awards, which celebrate the achievements and contribution of Calderdale’s community heroes, took place on Thursday 9 July and the Best New Charity award was sponsored by the venue, Berties at La Cachette.
A total of 12 awards were given out on the night, which was hosted by BBC Look North TV presenter Clare Frisby and held in partnership with the Community Foundation for Calderdale.
What’s next for Tempus Novo?
Winning the award means that Tempus Novo will benefit from publicity opportunities through the Chamber of Commerce, Clinks, LinkedIn and its own website, with the expectation that it will enhance future funding applications. It has also sown the seeds for new partnerships, including potentially with Calderdale College. At present the organisation has 12 corporate partners, but this is expected to grow.
More immediately, the focus is on raising sufficient funds to pay staff salaries and help Tempus Novo become a serious option for recruitment among businesses in West Yorkshire.