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Showcasing each of the 5 shortlisted charities.

Charity Showcase - Day 1 Action Housing

In the run-up to announcing the charity of the year at the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber Awards on Friday 23rd October, we're showcasing the 5 charities that we've shortlisted.

We were overwhelmed with fantastic entries for the award from across South Yorkshire (the winner of which will receive a £3000 donation). So much so that we've decided to highlight the great work that's happening around the county.

Today's the first day of our 2015 charity showcase, and we're celebrating the work of Action Housing.

Based in Genesis Business Park, Action have been on the scene for almost 40 years, since 1977. Originally set up to provide offenders with accommodation, the charity has since expanded massively and they now work throughout Rotherham, Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

But Action haven't just increased their geographical remit, they've increased the range of groups they work with too; as well as helping offenders Action now help to provide accommodation to people with substance misuse history, mental health problems, young people and domestic abusees at risk of homelessness.

The charity's flagship project HOPE was designed to directly combat homelessness in local communities, reduce the rising rate of unemployment in Rotherham and prevent neigbourhood decay. Following the evident need for and success of HOPE, in 2015 Action decided to place the initiative at the heart of the organisation.

Action's guiding mission perfectly summarises their work and their reason for existing; homes, opportunities, pride and employability. Through HOPE the charity change people's lives for the better, forever.

Head over to their website to find out more, or follow them on Twitter for the latest updates.

Other charities shortlisted for our Charity of the Year award are Barnsley Hospice, Rotherham and Barnsley Mind, Rotherham Hospice and Safe@Last.

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