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PRESS RELEASE: First Class Foundation celebrates Black Talent Awards win

 PRESS RELEASE: First Class Foundation celebrates Black Talent Awards win

First Class Foundation celebrates Black Talent Awards win

West Midlands-based charity, First Class Foundation has been honoured at a national awards ceremony that celebrates the achievements of Black professionals.

The charity, which specialises in youth outreach and engagement, has been named as the winner of the Charitable, Voluntary and Social Change category at the inaugural Evensfields Black Talent Awards at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium.

The award recognises First Class Foundation’s contribution to supporting young people and families in some of the most deprived communities in the West Midlands. 

First Class Foundation delivers youth offending services across the region, including projects focused on reducing serious youth violence, such as its acclaimed Kitchen Table Talks service.

It was also consulted by Dr Justin Varney, head of public health at Birmingham City Council, regarding the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME communities. 

Earlier this year, the charity launched the second phase of a West Midlands Combined Authority outreach programme to raise young people’s awareness of available work, training and education opportunities.

Sabrina Dennis, CEO of First Class Foundation, said: “To have been recognised at the first ever Black Talent awards is a real honour and we are hugely proud. Everything we do is focused on bringing about social change in our communities. In particular we have worked hard to challenge the misrepresentation of young Black people and their families, especially in the criminal justice and education sectors.

“The awards send out a powerful message to the UK’s business community regarding the depth of talented Black professionals and shines a light on those organisations that are making a real difference in supporting equality and diversity in our society.”

The Black Talent Awards celebrate the outstanding performance and achievements of Black professionals across the UK. The black-tie event is organised by Evenfields Careers and recognises individuals and employers in the public and private sectors, including senior leaders, rising stars and solopreneurs. 

The sold out award ceremony was hosted by award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Maverine Cole and actor, writer and comedian, Babatunde Aleshe. Music and entertainment was provided by The Notebenders Big Band, multi-genre violinist, J Hope and international recording artist, Namywa. 


Notes to editors
First Class Foundation is a West Midlands-based charity that specialises in tackling youth violence and building mental health resilience. We are proud to help connect young people aged 13-25 to their purpose by introducing them to new opportunities. We are passionate about challenging the over representation and under representation of BAME young people in key sectors including, mental health, criminal justice and education.

Kitchen Table Talks is a platform that facilitates community-based, parental peer support networks that tackles issues including youth violence, knife crime and county lines. It is powered by First Class Foundation. For more information, please visit 

For more information please contact Paul King of Barques on 07779241838, or email


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