Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott Award Nomination for Tomorrow's People

Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott Award Nomination for Tomorrow's People


Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott OBE

Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott OBE

London, UK – March 5, 2015 – Chief Executive of Tomorrow’s People, Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott OBE, DL has been shortlisted from over 100 candidates this year for the 3rd Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. The award recognises outstanding politicians and diplomats who are representing civilian interests at the highest level in areas of policy, social and business overall. Baroness Stedman-Scott is nominated for her inspiring work with national employment charity, Tomorrow’s People. 

Baroness Stedman-Scott has a strong passion for improving the lives of individuals living on the margins.  She joined Tomorrow’s People in 1984 from the Salvation Army. In the thirty years since the charity was founded, 470,000 people have been helped on their journey back to work. Tomorrow’s People works in deprived communities tackling the root causes that stop so many individuals from moving out of long-term unemployment.  Baroness Stedman-Scott has led Tomorrow’s People with a strong passion for the cause and a ‘nothing is impossible’ attitude, to tackle a broad range of complex issues from gang culture to workless families.  

The key focus of her work is the need to understand the barriers preventing people from getting and keeping a job. According to Debbie, society at all levels will be more successful when people are engaged actively in work, however, complex situations which many people face demands an intensive and personal approach to skills and personal development coaching. Tomorrow’s People is a specialist, providing support to individuals stuck in a cycle of joblessness by giving tailored advice matched to individual need. The charity works through the age ranges from pupils of 14 upwards failing at school, to young people who have failed to make a successful transition into the workplace, to adults needing focused skills, training and guidance. 

The types of programmes run by Tomorrow’s People are wide and varied from – an innovative approach to the link between ill health and unemployment, where an employment coach workings out of GPs surgeries to support long-term sick patients who want to return to work. Tomorrow’s People are also working in 16 schools across East London, to deliver personalised coaching to vulnerable students who are likely to drop out of school without any qualifications.  It is a Tomorrow’s People ambition to have a coach in every single school to support the most disadvantaged young people. The charity has also recently opened the UKs first Youth Job Centre in Ipswich, in partnership with Suffolk County Council and EOS to provide employment for young people aged 16-24. 

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Executive Director of Grassroot Diplomat, said: “All too often, we hear stories of our governments not representing our needs but Grassroot Diplomat looks upon selfless individuals who work tirelessly for their communities. The award seeks to create a culture of positive role models within our governments which encourages others in power to follow suit.”  

Join Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott and other government nominees for the gala dinner at The May Fair Hotel, London on Thursday 5th March 2015. For ticket information please visit: or call 07511 816689. 

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