We are delighted to announce that our CEO & Founder Julie Budge is the recipient of the Women of the Year 2020 - Woman in the Community Award. Julie Etchingham, President of Women of the Year announced: For more than sixty years Women of the Year has recognised and celebrated the rich diversity of women from across the UK who have inspired us all. A select few Awards are presented to exceptional women who have each proved an inspiration to others through their courage, selflessness, and dedication both in the UK and globally. Julie Budge said “To be recognised as a Women of the Year Award Winner is an accolade and I am immensely proud to be chosen. Without a doubt, the journey setting up the Women’s Centre from my kitchen table to what it is today was only possible because of the support of literally hundreds of women; those brave women that access our services who keep me inspired to continue, the staff, the volunteers and our devoted Trustees. And not forgetting, of course, my close family” We hope that such an award will open new opportunities which will help sustain and grow the Centre for the future; attracting new investment & commissioning and new Trustees to ensure our Governing Body reflects a broader range of skills, and includes representatives of those with a stake or interest in our charity’s work. Dianne Smith, Chair of My Sisters’ House Women’s Centre said “I and fellow Trustees are delighted and thrilled that Julie’s outstanding work on behalf of the vulnerable women in our community has been recognised with this incredible award. Julie is an exceptional woman. Her vision, passion and understanding of the depth of the need for the women in our community inspires and motivates us all. It has been an immense privilege to have been able to support the first 5 years of the My Sisters’ House journey. Our strategic plan charts the next stage of the journey which under Julie’s transformational leadership will see My Sister’s House reaching out to more and more of the very many women who dearly need our support and help”. Julie Budge said “We want to do more to support those with a history of multiple issues ; addictions; childhood sexual abuse; domestic or sexual violence; sex-working; and women with a pattern of relapse linked to forming unhelpful relationships by widening our service offer to include more local drop-in’s across the coastal West Sussex area, and work toward our long-term vision for a Women’s residential treatment house”.