Excellence Awards winners #UnderOneRoof2019
On Tuesday 3rd July, we hosted the annual Excellence Awards at our Under One Roof conference, awarding and acknowledging excellence in the homelessness and supported housing sector with 6 awards.
We narrowed down the entries for each category down to three shortlisted organisations/projects and from them, a winner was chosen. We were really pleased to have received over 120 entries from charities looking to demonstrate the difference they are making. It was incredibly inspiring to read about all of the innovative, impactful work that is occurring across the country and reinforced our sense of pride of working within this sector.
Our categories were:
- Communicating for change
- Excellence in collaboration and partnership working
- Excellence in co-production
- Excellence in supporting people
- Innovation in housing
- Social enterprise of the year
Communicating for Change
- Booth Centre
- St Basils - Youth Voice
Many people who are homeless struggle to access healthcare, and in particular are unable to register with a GP. In response, they created a set of “My Right to Healthcare” cards that stated three simple things: You do not need a fixed address, you do not need identification, and your immigration status doesn’t matter. The cards are co-branded by the NHS, over 65,000 have been distributed across London and they are now being reproduced by Healthwatch nationally.
Excellence in collaboration and partnership working
- Solace Women's Aid
- P3 Charity - ACTion Lincs
- Glass Door Homeless Charity
WINNER: P3 Charity - ACTion Lincs
Led by P3, ACTion Lincs is a collaboration of 16 agencies who recognised the need to do things differently and work together to achieve sustainability and success for entrenched rough sleepers. A partnership of Housing Associations, charities, Lincolnshire’s seven district councils, Addaction, the local NHS Mental Health Trust and police are involved in delivering this project and within the first 15 months they have achieved success, with 90% of people who entered the service now being supported while living in their own accommodation.
Excellence in co-production
- Live Life - Herts Young Homeless
- The Connection at St Martin's
WINNER: The Connection at St Martin's
The recent service remodel at The Connection at St Martin’s meant that they could embed co-production into all aspects of the service they provide. Through working groups made up of people with experiences of homelessness, volunteers and staff members an action plan was produced on how to best work together to design, deliver and evaluate services. So far, this has meant a redesign of the assessment materials used, a new, more relaxed welcome area for when new people arrive and new induction materials.
Excellence in supporting people
- St Martins - Highwater House
- C4WS Homeless Project
WINNER: St Martins - Highwater House
Highwater House follows the ethos of a Psychologically Informed Environment and provides residential care to 22 people with a dual diagnosis. Examples of adapting include getting rid of negative signs that include ‘don’ts’ and ‘musts’ and removing key indicators of power imbalance such as lanyards and keys. The results have been amazing. There has been a significant reduction in unexpected incidents and the resulting use of emergency services and hospital admissions, and a vast increase in meaningful contact between staff and residents.
Innovation in housing
- Changing Lives
- Commonweal Housing & Praxis Community Projects - No Recourse to Public Funds project
Through social investment funding, Commonweal Housing bought seven properties which they lease to Praxis Community Projects who provide housing management, specialist immigration advice and support to occupants. These houses are offered to local authorities as accommodation for destitute migrant families. Income from these properties is used to fund free beds for Praxis to use for more people with NRPFs.
Social enterprise of the year
- Cafe Art (UK) Community Interest Company
- Liverpool Homeless Football Club
- Just Works / Printed By Us (Cathedral Archer Project)
Printed by Us is a social enterprise that is part of an employment programme Just Works. From their central hub in Sheffield they deliver a range of paid for printing contracts; and last year saw an increase in sales by over 100%. They have also just agreed their first social franchise and are aiming to develop this model further. Alongside this, the Just Works programme offers training opportunities with 7989 hours of paid work delivered last year.
A huge congratulations to all our highly-commended organisations and of course, all our winners. To see more from the conference, you can follow the hashtag here, #UnderOneRoof2019.
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