Charity Chief Executive wins lifetime achievement award for services to housing
Published by Porchlight for Porchlight in Housing and also in Communities
Pat Unwin, Porchlight Chair, accepting the award on Mike's behalf
Mike Barrett, chief executive of Kent’s leading homeless charity, Porchlight, has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Kent Housing Group for his services to housing. The award, sponsored by Denne Construction Ltd, recognised Mike’s years of work in the homelessness sector and his significant contributions to the housing agenda.
The award was accepted by Porchlight’s Chair of Trustees, Pat Unwin, at a ceremony at Oakwood House in Maidstone last week.
On finding out he won the award, Mike said, “I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Kent Housing Group for what was an unexpected and very humbling award. My first reaction was to think Pat was winding me up, as she is prone to do! But what can I say; I’m so lucky to have worked and continue to work with some very committed, resourceful and professional people in my career.
I very much admire the work and proactive approach that the Kent Housing Group carries out. I think the county should count itself lucky to have a dedicated group of senior housing professionals committed to combating homelessness, poverty, and the isolation that exist in many of our communities. I hope that Porchlight can continue to be part of the solution to the county’s housing problems.”
Mike has been at the helm of Porchlight for 15 years. He started his career in social care and housing in 1982. 2014 is a special year for the charity with Porchlight marking 40 years of helping homeless and vulnerable people across Kent and Croydon. Under Mike’s leadership, the charity has grown from a single hostel in Canterbury to a charity supporting around 1,000 individuals at any one time across Kent and Croydon. To find out more about Porchlight’s work and how you can get involved, visit www.porchlight.org.uk.