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Midlands charity is shortlisted for housing innovation award

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Published by kerri smith for Reach the People Charity in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities

A charity providing housing and support for vulnerable people across the Midlands has been named as one of the nation’s most innovative housing providers for the pioneering services it offers to its customers and their communities.

Trident Reach the People Charity, which works with homeless people, the elderly, young people, people with learning disabilities and women fleeing domestic violence has been shortlisted for the ‘Most Innovative Housing Provider’ in the 2013 Housing Innovation Awards.

Trident Reach is one of six organisations on the shortlist for the annual award after around 30 housing providers were nominated. The winner will be announced at a prestigious ceremony in London on Wednesday, February 13.

Based in Oldbury in the West Midlands, the charity provides services in Birmingham and the surrounding areas including having core services in Derbyshire and Shropshire. Formerly the care and support department within Trident Housing Association, it was set up as a separate charity in 2009.

Rajbir Shergill, Head of Tenancy Support at Trident Reach, said it was a major achievement for such a relatively young organisation to be shortlisted for the award.

He explained that with many of Trident Reach’s customers facing cuts in their household incomes, the charity had developed a wide range of ‘added value’ services to help meet local needs.

These include a Rent Relief Fund to help young working people who are struggling to pay their rent, a Furniture Bank to help those moving into an unfurnished home, a Food Bank for people struggling to make ends meet, a Handy Person Service to particularly help older customers with minor repairs and adaptations, and a Homeless Transition Fund aimed at those leaving prison or hospital who are at risk of rough sleeping.

Other initiatives include a volunteering scheme providing opportunities for Trident Reach customers as well as the local community, and it also works with a range of providers to offer apprenticeships for young people.

Raj said: “We are really proud to have been shortlisted for this award. We have worked hard to diversify our services so we can offer a wider range of opportunity and choice for our customers in challenging times. It is a major achievement that this has been recognised when we are such a young charity.”

The accolade is one in a series of awards for Trident Reach in the past year. It has won the Workplace Diversity category of the Personnel Today Awards 2012, the Gold Equality standard, the Gold Investors in People award and a Crème de la Crème Business award.

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