The 2018 winners of the Stephen Lloyd Awards are:
- Equal Access Loan – a first (and only) nationwide interest-free loan scheme for refugees, launched by RefuAid. The loan scheme provides support to those who have been granted refugee status and have full rights to remain and to work. They offer interest-free loans of up to £10,000, for internationally-trained refugees to pay for UK accreditation, requalification or training, enabling them to return to employment in their prior professional fields. They are currently working at a 100% repayment rate.
- EcoActTanzania (Garbage Medical Insurance) – a social enterprise established micro health insurance program which uses garbage as a financial resource. With this program, the community and uninsured poor slum dwellers are able to pay for health cover, drugs and other clinical services by using garbage as payment to an insurance scheme.
- Project Baala – seeks to make menstruation a non-issue in India, through specially designed reusable sanitary napkins that can be used for two years and innovative menstrual awareness workshops. Their aim is to impact the 87% of women and girls in India who use old rags and sometimes even leaves, hay and sand as menstrual absorbents.
Each will receive support from the awards’ pro bono community and £20,000 to develop their ideas.
The 2017 winners of the Stephen Lloyd Awards were:
- Settle – an award-winning social enterprise that supports vulnerable young people moving into their first home. By designing and delivering 1:1 training programmes to young homeless people, they ensure that they have the skills needed to sustain a tenancy. Founded in 2014, Settle is now at an important stage in its growth and this year they are scaling their programmes to work with over 160 young people in London, quadrupling their current reach.
- SafetyNet Technologies – who design and build devices that use light to help fishermen catch the right fish and tackle some of the biggest issues facing the commercial fishing industry. Their primary goal is to increase the selectivity of commercial fishing practices by being more selective with the fish caught, allowing the industry to become more sustainable. Light, which has been of interest to the fishing gear-technology community since the 1970s, can be used as a tool to achieve this as it’s been shown that light can reduce by-catch by up to 90%.
The 2016 winners of the Stephen Lloyd Awards were:
- Campaign Bootcamp – a hands on learning environment designed to give people the skills, network and confidence they need to change the world through campaigning. Campaign Bootcamp actively encourages and provides support to people not currently represented in the campaigning sector; in particular women, people with disabilities and people of marginalised cultures, faiths and ethnicities.
- Canute – a new digital Braille ‘iPad’, which attempts to transform the lives of blind people by helping reverse the decline in Braille literacy. It will be the world’s first multiline Braille ebook reader and an entirely new class of device to bring Braille to people who would otherwise be unable to afford anything other than massive, bulky hard copy Braille. Costing less than a Perkins Brailler or iPad Pro, this innovative Braille has already been piloted with two leading blind schools.
The 2015 winners of the Stephen Lloyd Awards were:
- Energy Local – Social enterprise ‘Energy Local’ has found a means for a community to pool their local generation, use it directly and benefit from time of use prices. Using a Community Energy Services Company (CESCO) the community’s half-hourly smart meter readings are grouped together and any local renewable generation is netted off.
- Go-Forward – Creating a home-away-from home centre where able but isolated care leavers who have nowhere else to go can find a safe and welcoming haven – where ambitious young people with plans for the future can, when disheartened and facing brick walls, get advice and support from Go-Forward.
- Spark Inside – Their vision is to systemically address the issues of persistent reoffending and increasing prison violence, by improving relationships between prisoners and officers thereby increasing their quality of life and changing the culture within entire penal institutions.