Awards Won

Place2Be's work with children, parents and teachers has been widely recognised by a variety of awards over the years.


  • Institute for School-Based Family Counseling, California – Award for Model Program of Best Practice in School-Based Family Counseling
  • Catherine Roche receives Honorary Doctorate of Psychology - Awarded by University of East London in recognition of her services to mental health.


  • The Charity Awards – Highly Commended: Education and Training
  • Benita Refson was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Birthday 2016 Honours List in recognition of services to education.
  • Charity Times Award for Corporate National Partnership of the Year with a Financial Institution for Place2Be and Bank of America Merrill Lynch



  • Benita Refson OBE awarded Zurich Community Trust 'Inspiration Award'


  • Queens Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award
  • Private Equity Foundation's Charity of the Year Award


  • Charity Awards, Advocacy, Advice - Winner


  • The Charity Awards - Highly Commended: Education and Training


  • First Woman Award, Public Service category


  • Benita received Honorary Doctorate of Law 2008 - Awarded by the University of East London 'to celebrate the lifetime achievements of individuals who have made a distinguished contribution to their field of endeavour'


  • OBE for Benita Refson - Benita was awarded OBE as founder and Chief Executive of Place2Be for; 'Services to Children and Families'
  • National Lottery Awards, Best Education Project - Runner Up


  • Charity Awards, Children and Young People's Services Awards - Highly commended


  • Liveable City Awards - Winner of the Award for 'Access to goods and services for disadvantaged communities'


  • The Charity Awards, Children and Youth Category - Highly commended


  • European Regional Council of the World Federation for Mental Health - Highly commended
  • The Guardian Charity Award - Overall Winner
  • Children's Champion - Awarded to Benita Refson OBE


  • The Mental Health Awards - Highly commended

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