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Groundswell Shortlisted for Andy Ludlow Award
Groundswell Shortlisted for Andy Ludlow AwardAugust 11, 2014 12:00 pmNewsAn innovative scheme run by Groundswell has been shortlisted for the prestigious Andy Ludlow Awards. Attending appointments with doctors, hospitals and others is crucial for people experiencing homelessness. Groundswell’s Homeless Health Peer Advocacy Serviceoffers one-to-one support for homeless people to attend health appointments; overcoming the barriers that prevent them addressing their health needs. Delivered by volunteers who all have personal experience of homelessness, this work increases adherence to treatment, and reduces use of A&E, missed appointment and unplanned admissions; which all results in improved health. Bronwen James is the Development Manager as Groundswell UK. She said: “This project really works. Our vRead More
Thames Reach’s Peer Landlord Scheme Shortlisted for Andy Ludlow Award
Thames Reach’s Peer Landlord Scheme Shortlisted for Andy Ludlow AwardAugust 5, 2014 12:00 pmNewsAn innovative scheme that trains ex homeless people to support homeless people living in the private rented sector for the first time has been shortlisted for the prestigious Andy Ludlow Awards. Director of Operations at Thames Reach Bill Tidnam explains: “It can be hard for homeless people to get into the private rented sector. As well as the need for a deposit there are a huge range of new skills they need to learn. We help with the deposit but crucially provide a peer landlord - a co-tenant with a shared background who has gained a level of independence and experience and who is able to act as a positive role model. Peer Landlords are trained in key areas such as basic housing management and maintenance awareness, as well as finanRead More
London Youth Gateway Shortlisted for Andy Ludlow Award
London Youth Gateway Shortlisted for Andy Ludlow AwardJuly 24, 2014 12:00 pmNewsA partnership project aimed at helping young people at risk of being on the streets has been shortlisted for the prestigious Andy Ludlow Awards. This shortlisting is for the innovative partnership ‘The London Youth Gateway’ between New Horizon Youth Centre, Alone in London, Depaul UK and Stonewall Housing, tackling youth homeless across the capital together. Marike van Harskamp is the London Youth Gateway Co-ordinator. She said: “As a partnership, the London Youth Gateway brings together expertise to help young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, covering each of the many London boroughs. We offer a one stop shop service, combining our resources of a day centre, specialist advice services, emergency accommodatiRead More
Andy Ludlow Awards Shortlist Announced
Andy Ludlow Awards Shortlist AnnouncedJuly 16, 2014 12:00 pmNewsThe shortlisted projects for the prestigious Andy Ludlow Awards 2014 have been announced. The six projects now in contention for the prize fund of £55,000 are (in alphabetical order): Groundswell UK’s ‘Homeless Health Peer Advocacy Service’ Hestia Housing & Support’s ‘Children & Family Service’ London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ ‘Routes to roots’ New Horizon Youth Centre’s ‘London Youth Gateway’ Praxis Community Project’s ‘Temporary Homes’ Thames Reach’s ‘Peer Landlord London’ More details about each of the projects can be found below, and on the Andy Ludlow Awards website www.andyludlowaward.org.uk. Simon Dow is Chair of the London Housing Foundation. He said “We were very pleased with tRead More
Andy Ludlow Awards Open for Nominations!
Andy Ludlow Awards Open for Nominations!April 10, 2014 12:00 pmNewsThe most prestigious awards in the homelessness sector open for nominations today. The awards are funded by the London Housing Foundation, Shelter and all of the London boroughs. London Councils runs the awards on their behalf. The first prize of £30,000 is given for innovative and effective ideas that make a positive difference for homeless people. There are also prizes of £15,000 and £10,000 As well as the significant cash prize, the winners of the award receive a reputational and promotional boost. There is no one criteria for success, the judges will be looking for clear innovation; people and organisations who take risks; those who have tried to make a difference in unusual and inspiring ways to benefit homeless people.Read More
LHF Atlas launch shows state of the homelessness sector
LHF Atlas launch shows state of the homelessness sectorApril 2, 2014 12:00 pmNewsThe LHF sponsored fifth annual “Atlas of Services for Homeless People in London” has been launched with LHF Chair Simon Dow emphasising the changing homelessness sector that the report describes. About 40 senior managers, Chief Executives, researchers and others gathered at the NCVO in Kings Cross to hear about the newly published report. Simon Dow, Chief Executive of Guinness Partnership and Chairman of the LHF introduced the report. He said: “This year’s Atlas show just how much change there has been in the sector over the last five years; we have lost 36 agencies, floating support services are so concentrated that three agencies almost have a monopoly and we are seeing existing providers expanding to work across a far greRead More
Pulling Together to Navigate Welfare Benefits
Pulling Together to Navigate Welfare BenefitsJanuary 9, 2014 12:00 pmNewsThe LHF has commissioned SITRA and SHP to create a unique new training package for homeless people and frontline workers. The benefits landscape is rapidly changing, and homeless people and those who work in the sector need to keep up to date. These new training resources will provide real and tangible advice and guidance, based on people’s experience of the system. Lisa Harrison is Deputy Chief Executive of SITRA. She said: “We know that the benefits system is complex and so wanted to work with the the real experts – people experiencing the system - to design this training package. We worked with people who were homeless and the staff who advised them to find out what they felt they needed to know. Sitra ran a series of worRead More
Conference for Nurses and Midwives working with the homeless
Conference for Nurses and Midwives working with the homelessJanuary 6, 2014 12:00 pmNewsThe London Housing Foundation is working with the London Network of Nurses and Midwives in Homelessness to present a unique conference in April 2014. The conference, 'Transforming London Homeless Nursing Services' is aimed at nurses, allied professionals, and voluntary sector staff working in homeless health across London. Speakers include Professor Viv Bennett (Director of Nursing Public Health, NHS England), Helen Mathie (Policy Director Homeless Link) and Caroline Alexander (Director of Nursing, London, NHS England). Organiser Samantha Dorney-Smith said “London nurses are at the forefront of trying new approaches to delivering homeless healthcare. This conference is organised by nurses for nurses to enable nurses and allied proRead More