The London-based charity Quaker Social Action (QSA) has won a national award for its anti-poverty work.
QSA was one of five winners of The Guardian Charity Award for 2012 and was chosen from a field of almost 1,000 entries.
Reporting for QSA, Jez Smith said "The award was given for Down to Earth, QSA’s work with bereaved families helping them to avoid paying beyond what they can afford for a funeral and so avoiding ending up deeper in debt and despair."
QSA has been working in east London since 1867. It has created a series of innovative services helping people on low incomes in east London. Their projects work towards the organisation’s vision of a "just world where people put people first" and they recognise the people they work with as agents of change rather than objects of charity.