A Rotherhithe based community charity has been named as a finalist in a prestigious annual ranking.
Restorative Justice For All (RJ4All), which is based on Plough Way, is one of the top five groups in the ‘growth’ category of the Natwest Business SE100 index. The category ranks charities that have expanded in a financially sustainable way over the past year.
RJ4All is due to open a new community centre on July 24, leased from the housing association Clarion. The community centre will will provide fitness classes, a community library, a wellbeing clinic, room hire, volunteering and internship opportunities, and a community food pantry, among other services.
Dr Theo Gavrielides, founder and director of RJ4All said: “We are honoured to be selected as a finalist for 2020’s NatWest Business SE100 Index listing the UK’s best in #SocEnt and #SE100. 2020 has been one of the toughest years for our communities. I am proud of the RJ4All team and what we have collectively managed to achieve”.
Nick Johnson, RJ4All board member, added: “The selection of RJ4All as a finalist in the Growth award category at the NatWest SE100 Awards is a testament to the hard work of the RJ4All team and is a great indication for the organisation’s future.”
The award winners will be named on July 9.
The news comes after Dr Gavrielides was awarded the Liberty of the Old Metropolitan Borough of Bermondsey at the Southwark Civic Awards in April. He was given the award by Southwark Mayor Cllr Barrie Hargrove in a socially distanced ceremony at the Rotherhithe Community Centre on Wednesday (April 21).
Restorative Justice For All (RJ4ALL) stepped in to help hand out food and personal protective equipment at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The group also ran a mental health support initiative called You Are Not Alone.