Blog: A year of building our impact

Published: 24 Dec 2018

Author: Julia Weston
Blog: A year of building our impact

As we approach the end of 2018, I feel great satisfaction looking back at a hugely successful year. In the past 12 months we continued to build the impact and reach of our work, across the UK and across the world.

This year’s cohort of 150 Churchill Fellows will visit 48 countries in all, gathering global insights from field leaders on every continent, which they will use to make change happen in their sectors when they come home.

As well as our existing award categories, we launched three new fields of research: Emergency response, Rural living and Suicide prevention. All reflect our role in addressing key contemporary issues for the UK.

We were delighted to amplify the reach of two of the new categories by partnering with sector leaders the Samaritans and The Prince’s Countryside Fund. Partnerships like these increasingly help us to widen the range of applications we receive and the dissemination of Fellows’ findings among professions and communities nationwide.

The number of applications for next year’s Fellowships increased by 64% from last year, indicating a growing interest across UK society in the opportunity that we offer. We aim to provide Fellowships for all parts of the nation, regardless of background or region, and we monitor this carefully. This universal approach was reinforced through the year with well attended events in Edinburgh, Blackpool, Dundee and London.

I wish all our Fellows, partners and other supporters a happy festive period and I look forward to us achieving even more together in 2019.

Julia Weston is Chief Executive of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

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