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Family support service in Tameside wins national award

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L-R: Chief Executive of BiTC Stephen Howard, Joanne Wadsworth and Kerrie Pryde from New Charter’s Inspire team and Crispin Rapinet, partner at Hogan Lovells who chaired the judging panel. L-R: Chief Executive of BiTC Stephen Howard, Joanne Wadsworth and Kerrie Pryde from New Charter’s Inspire team and Crispin Rapinet, partner at Hogan Lovells who chaired the judging panel.

A service that supports families in Tameside with issues like anti-social behaviour, unemployment and low school attendance has won a national award for its work.

The Inspire team at New Charter Homes was crowned overall category winner for Building Stronger Communities at the Responsible Business Awards in London.

Inspire is a dedicated support programme to help families to address issues that have a negative effect on the community.

Through its work, the team aims to break generational cycles in families, raise aspirations and improve children’s readiness for school.

So far Inspire has supported more than 200 families across Tameside to turn their lives around and become better tenants who are more involved in the community.

A key part of the work also looks at reducing the number of children in poverty, and in Tameside, New Charter Homes has set up healthy school breakfast clubs working in partnership with the Greggs Foundation.

The clubs aim to give children the best start to their day by funding food and equipment like healthy bread for toast, cereal, fruit and crockery.

The annual awards run by Business in the Community (BiTC) celebrate to achievements of companies tackling key social and environmental issues and each of the 13 category winners have made a positive difference to society.

Tony Powell, New Charter’s Executive Director of Neighbourhoods said: “Supporting our families through difficult times is crucial to creating successful communities where people want to live. We want to change habits so that they have a long lasting impact on people and neighbourhoods and this award shows that our work is helping to change lives.”

Commenting on the win, Crispin Rapinet, partner at Hogan Lovells, who chaired the judging panel, said: “Inspire is a brilliant example of why problems shouldn’t be tackled in silos and a lesson that can be applied across all sectors and in many programmes. Their holistic approach to the whole family, the emphasis on an individual’s journey from support to ownership and accountability is replicable and can be taken to scale as they have already shown in their work with ex-offenders.

“The judges were impressed by New Charter Housing Trust Group’s passion, commitment and belief. Their commitment to finding ways to deliver support to families ineligible for statutory support was particularly notable; as was the high level of employee engagement.”

The awards evening was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 8 July and HRH Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry were in attendance.

Video interview

Watch an interview with the Inspire team and BiTC at http://vimeo.com/100298492

Notes

Inspire - The Inspire service has three different support levels which include help for families identified as meeting the Government’s ‘Troubled Families’ criteria, supporting tenants with complex needs outside of this criteria and targeted work in the community to help children aged 4 and under to prepare for school.

More about the service and the award win at http://www.bitc.org.uk/awards/categories/building-stronger-communities-award

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