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Awards Won

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

2016
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

2014
Big Society Award for providing emotional & therapeutic support to children 

2013
Benita Refson OBE awarded Zurich Community Trust 'Inspiration Award'

2012
Queens Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award

Private Equity Foundation's Charity of the Year Award

2011
Charity Awards, Advocacy, Advice - Winner

2010
The Charity Awards - Highly Commended: Education and Training

2009
First Woman Award, Public Service category

2008
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'

2007
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

2006
Charity Awards, Children and Young People's Services Awards - Highly commended

2005
Liveable City Awards - Winner of the Award for 'Access to goods and services for disadvantaged communities'

2002
The Charity Awards, Children and Youth Category - Highly commended

2000
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

1998
The Mental Health Awards - Highly commended

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Grace's story

Grace put a slip through the Place2Be letter box because she was worried about home