Community Interest Company (CIC) Northern Rights, which helps disadvantaged people into work, has been highly commended for a top regional honour.
The organisation, headed up by Katherine Murray and Dawn Brown, was given the special mention in the Outstanding Social Enterprise category at the North East Charity Awards 2016.
The awards were held at the Marriott Hotel in Newcastle and Northern Rights was one of three finalists in the running.
Katherine, who founded Northern Rights with Dawn in 2012, said: “To be recognised in this way for the work we do in our local communities is fantastic.
“Being highly commended for this top regional award is testament to the hard work and commitment of everyone at Northern Rights to help disadvantaged people into work, particularly those who have suffered with health problems.
“Of course we would have loved to win but being short-listed is proof enough that what we’re doing is working.”
Northern Rights, which provides one to one advice and training programmes, is based in the Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Peterlee Town Centre but works with people and organisations across County Durham.