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Homeless projects shortlisted for awards

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Published by Roisin Rowley-Smith for Riverside in Care and Support and also in Communities, Health, Housing

Riverside ECHG has been shortlisted for two prestigious national awards for helping homeless people get their lives back on track.

Newton House in Gloucester, which provides specialist healthcare for homeless people, is a finalist in the Specialist Landlord of the Year category at the UK Housing Awards.  And the community kitchen and food truck at The Quays in Kent, which provides work experience and tackles homeless prejudice in the area, is up for the Community Initiative of the Year award.

The awards, which recognise outstanding work by housing organisations to improve the lives of people in their communities, are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Inside Housing magazine.

Victoria King-Lowe, Riverside’s Area Manager for their End of Life Homeless Care service in Gloucester, said: “We know that it is not always easy for homeless people to access specialist health care. We ensure our clients are treated with respect as we gain an understanding of the help they need. One client, who was not just on the streets but in a wheelchair, had been admitted to A&E 34 times before he came to us.  We are now helping him manage his health issues and also saving the NHS and care services significant amounts of money.”

Now in their 18th year, this year’s awards attracted more than 250 entries from all over the UK.

Donna Lee, Riverside’s Team Leader at The Quays, said: “We are proud to say that the community kitchen and mobile food truck’s training scheme provides valuable qualifications and real employment experience opportunities to our homeless clients and also for many other unemployed people in the area.  The project is helping to build bridges with the local community, many of whom previously had a negative opinion of homeless people. We hope that we can continue to build on the initiative’s positive impact for homeless clients at The Quays as well as unemployed people in Kent.”

 The winners will be revealed at a ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel on 29 April and Marcus Brigstocke has been approached to present the awards. The awards are sponsored by Campbell Tickell, H + H and Higgins. Last year over 650 people attended.

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