The Woman in the Red Dress
Our founder Vicky Morrell has always been passionate about helping others and those in need, evident from her role as a Prison Officer where she has continually strived to encourage people to change their lives and improve their future. In 2013 a colleague of Vicky's became terminally ill and whilst staff wanted to raise money toward helping him, as did the offenders which they worked with. Vicky supported the prisoners and enabled this to happen, noting all the additional benefits which came with the offenders raising money and giving something back. She had provided individuals with pretty much nothing a sense of purpose, common goal and a sense of worth in what they were doing. It is these key things which continue throughout our ethos.
Vicky was awarded Inspiring Women Changemaker 2017 for an organisation committed to Diversity & Inclusivity and shortlisted for Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2018. The service supports the three stages of rehabilitation (prior to custody, maintaining family ties in custody, and resettlement). So, we’re not only helping those already in the system to turn their lives around but also supporting grass roots level interventions to prevent involvement in criminality, working closely to support projects that are guiding our future generations away from knife and gun crime. In 2019, A Little Something Back was recognised by The Lord Mayor of Leeds for the outstanding contribution it makes to citizens and communities.
A Little Something Back aims to 1) Maintain family ties; 2) Increase self-esteem and self-confidence of offenders; 3) Create alternative employment within custody; 4) Provide experience & awareness of voluntary opportunities; 5) Change those perceptions of offenders held by communities; 6) Increase social awareness and inclusion
Since 2013 Vicky has never faltered in her passion for charitable giving and encouraging others that they too have something that they can give. As an organisation we have been witness to the amazing effect this fundraising rehabilitation service has already achieved; Firstly, in the amount of money raised (over £11k) for serveral smaller local charities in great need of donations. Offenders and their families at HMP Leeds have raised an incredible £1075 this Christmas through our fundraising event to support Cash for Kids Mission Christmas appeal to ensure that every disadvantaged child woke up to a gift on Christmas morning. Cash for Kids have written to us and expressed their gratitude for helping keep the Christmas dream alive for as they supported over 26,000 local deprived children within Leeds & West Yorkshire.
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“The money will help to finance a holiday by the sea for seven under privileged children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to leave the city away from difficult home situations”
Leeds Children's Society
"You’re such an inspiration. Fighting hard to get this off the ground and it’s such a success because of your determination and belief. For what it’s worth, I’m super proud of you and to have worked with someone who has made such a difference."
Governor Carolyn Lund
"Thank you for your donation of £450.00 for Mission Christmas. The campaign would not have been such a success without your help and for this we are so grateful. The 2017 Mission Christmas campaign was the biggest and best ever, and we are extremely proud to announce that with your fantastic contribution we have distributed gifts to 25,553 of West Yorkshire’s most deprived children"
Lisa Sullivan, Radio Aire's Cash For Kids Charity
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