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Transforming Lives for Good founder up for award

The founder of a Bradford-based Christian charity which helps transform the lives of struggling children has been named one of the most exceptional social entrepreneurs in the UK.

Tim Morfin launched TLG (Transforming Lives for Good) in 1998 to bring hope and a future to children unable to cope within school and at risk of exclusion. His experience at University running a youth club for people from inner-city Bradford had a profound impact – sparking his unchanging resolve to transform lives for good.

TLG is now one of the UK's fastest growing children's charities, operating across the UK. Its 13 education centres give young people a second chance for an education, 110 early intervention centres provide extra support to children at risk of exclusion and 80 Make Lunch Kitchens tackle holiday hunger.

Some 3,500 children, young people and their families are helped by TLG each year. Over the past year, 20,035 meals were served at TLG Make Lunch clubs.

TLG’s vision is shared among 200 partner churches, 80 staff and over 800 trained volunteers.

And Tim has now been named one of only three finalists from across the UK for the “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” award in the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards, funded by the Citi Foundation.

The Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards are the annual celebration of Britain’s microentrepreneurs that have accessed “responsible” business finance, and the three Social Entrepreneur of the Year award finalists are in the running for a £7,500 cash prize for their organisation and international recognition.

Tim Morfin of Transforming Lives for Good said: “This is tremendous encouragement for everyone playing their part in the TLG team – for the churches, the staff and volunteers who are serving struggling children in their communities up and down the country.”  

Responsible finance provider Charity Bank has supported TLG’s development with seven specialist loans over the past 16 years enabling TLG to, in Tim’s words: “generate income, helping us grow and give more young people the support they need to reach their full potential.

“With Charity Bank’s support we turned our local youth centre into a national education charity.”

“The journey that Charity Bank has walked with TLG is astounding.”

Ed Siegel, Chief Executive of Charity Bank said: “Tim has been the incredible driving force behind Transforming Lives for Good, an organisation with 20 years’ experience of working with struggling children, bringing hope and a future. Charity Bank is honoured to have been part of TLG’s journey from its early days, partnering with them as they grew from small beginnings into a national charity reaching some of the most vulnerable children in the UK.  We look forward to seeing TLG continue to thrive over the coming years, as many more young lives are transformed.”

Over the next 5 years TLG plans double the number of total partnerships to 400, supporting a total of 30,000 children.

Tim Morfin and Transforming Lives for Good must now wait until 13 March 2019 when the winners of the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in Liverpool.

UPDATE: TLG was last week (20 February) named as the best charity to work for in the UK in the esteemed Sunday Times 100 Best Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work For list. The charity also received a 3-star accreditation by Best Companies, recognising the highest level of workplace engagement.

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