South Hams-based charity LandWorks has made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards which is the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.

LandWorks has been shortlisted in the ‘Social Care, Advice and Support’ category for its pioneering resettlement and rehabilitation project.

The Charity Awards, which announced its shortlist on Friday May 17, is the sector’s most highly-regarded excellence recognition scheme.

Founded in 2013 and based on the Dartington Estate near Totnes, Landworks combines real work experience with comprehensive resettlement support in a safe, non-judgmental environment where participants (trainees) can gain the social and employability skills that will enable them to develop a crime free identity and to rebuild their lives.

Over the past 10 years the charity has supported over 200 trainees, of whom fewer than 6 per cent have gone on to reoffend within one-year, and 94 per cent are now in employment.

The 10 category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a black-tie dinner on Tuesday July 9, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

Matthew Nolan, chief executive of Civil Society Media which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated LandWorks on making the highly coveted shortlist. He said:

“Every year we are astounded and inspired by the breadth and depth of work going on across the UK’s wonderful charity sector.

But this year in particular we have noticed a real improvement in the professionalism of the entries, signalling that charities are more cognisant than ever of the need for good governance, strong leadership and effective management.

“I wish LandWorks the best of luck on the night.”

Reflecting on the charity’s achievement, LandWorks Project Director Chris Parsons said: “It’s just great, if a little humbling, to be alongside such brilliant and inspiring charities on the list and we are looking forward to the awards ceremony in July.”

For more information about LandWorks visit or contact Chris Parsons, Project Director on 01803 864891 or by email at [email protected]