Housing association's independent living service scoops national award at House of Lords
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
A support service that is helping people live independently for longer was one of three housing association projects that received a national award at the House of Lords yesterday.
Bath-based Curo was recognised for supporting nearly 500 vulnerable people across the South West with things such as budgeting, spotting early signs of dementia and helping residents give up smoking.
Its Independent Living Service was the overall winner at the National Housing Federation’s (NHF) Community Impact Awards.
London’s Family Mosaic also received an award for its efforts in tackling unemployment in the capital, while Lincolnshire’s New Linx Housing Trust was commended for its community work in one of the most deprived areas in the country.
The minister for civil society, Nick Hurd MP, who presented the awards, said: “Housing associations are working hard for local people up and down the country, stepping in to help where other services no longer can.
"Many of the schemes showcased at these awards show the crucial difference they make to communities around Britain. Congratulations to Curo for coming top of a very impressive shortlist.”
NHF chief executive David Orr added: “Housing associations don’t only build homes, they also put a lot of their own money and resources into valuable community projects that improve people's lives. And for every two pounds they spend, they pull in a further one pound of investment from other organisations.
“This unique economic and social investment model makes a real difference in neighbourhoods during these difficult times – and in many cases is the glue that holds struggling communities together. Well done to Curo, Family Mosaic and New Linx for their fantastic projects.”