Acclaim for Wizo's winners


Commitment to Media Award

● John Ware is one of the country's leading investigative journalists, who in recent years has made a series of agenda-settting programmes for the BBC on Islamist entryism and terrorism. His work was described as "courageous, independent yet broadly sympathetic to Jewish concerns". The judges commended Mr Ware for his calm authority and encyclopaedic knowledge of Islamist extremism.

Commitment to the Betterment of Others Award for 16-25-year-olds

● Orli Shoshana West has been volunteering for many years on a variety of different programmes. She has also volunteered to help a boy with ADHD and now has expanded her work with Norwood on its Unity programme for five to 11-year-olds. She is planning a sky dive to raise £500. The judges said she had "shown how an individual's one-to-one support can make such a significant difference to those around her".

Commitment to Environmental Innovation Award

● Founder and director of the award-winning GabiH20 company, Avi Djanogly is dedicated to promoting water efficiency to children. His firm has partnered Nickleodeon to introduce the UK's first TV animated character teaching children how to be smarter about water. Mr Djanogly designs games, apps, videos, music and competitions to appeal to youngsters. The judges praised GabiH20's "unique approach to environmental education".

Commitment to High Tech Award

● Deborah Gundle established the Netbuddy website in 2010 as a resource for families, carers and professionals, supporting those with learning difficulties. The site provides a forum to share tips, knowledge and practical suggestions for caring for someone with special needs. Netbuddy, which now has 6,000 users a month, has joined with Scope, a charity for the disabled, to create a nationwide online community.

Judges said Netbuddy fills a significant gap for parents and carers.

Commitment to Diversity and Tolerance Award

● This Bristol-based group Salaam Shalom, set up in 2006 by Martin Vegoda, is one of the few working to promote understanding and dialogue between Muslims and Jews. Its initial project, an internet radio station, was a world first. Its educational initiatives with schools have attempted to engage young people in constructive interaction between the two communities.

Commitment to Education Award

● FUSION Gateways, founded by Laurence Field, Alan Fell and Louise Jacobs and run by Mr Field, is a vocational development programme for young people aged 15-plus from difficult backgrounds, chiefly from the Orthodox community. The judges said Gateways provided "a very important bridge for the Orthodox community to find support… to deal with some heartbreaking situations".

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