Julie Budge

CEO at My Sisters' House

Julie Budge

Founder and CEO of My Sisters’ House, Julie Budge accepted The Barclays Woman in the Community Award from actor Georgina Campbell. My Sisters’ House is a sanctuary for domestic abuse survivors and women’s support centre, embedded in the Bognor Regis community but working across the coastal area of West Sussex. As a result of the sharp rise in domestic abuse cases over lockdown, the work of organisations like My Sisters’ House is more vital than ever.

Julie Budge said “I am both honoured and proud to receive The Barclays Woman in the Community Award. It has been the most amazing journey so far from an idea around my kitchen table in 2014 to the Women’s Centre we have today. This would not have been achieved without all of the incredible women who have been part of our journey, either volunteering or working for us or indeed the 1,300 women who have accessed our centre. The need for our services is even more important today than ever before and it is vital that more women centres like ours exist in every town.”

Jes Staley, Barclays Group CEO said: “Gender equality is of upmost importance to all of us at Barclays and we are proud to be part of these awards which celebrate extraordinary women and their remarkable contributions to society. This is especially pertinent in a year where many have faced great hardship, and we applaud both this year’s winner, Julie Budge, and the outstanding nominees for their steadfast commitment to ensuring help reaches those most in need in our communities.”