The shortlisted projects for the prestigious London Homelessness Awards 2015 in memory of Andy Ludlow have been announced. The awards recognise innovative and effective work that make a difference for homeless people
The three projects now in contention for the prize fund of £55,000 are (in alphabetical order):
- Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP)
- Centrepoint Alumni App Mini-Workwise
- Providence Row catering Trainee Scheme
A further three schemes were commended
- Coram Voice Homeless Outreach Project
- Lambeth Law Centre/Southwark Law Centre Provision of Immigration Advice to Street Homeless Migrants
- Thamesreach Work Ready Programme
Simon Dow is Chair of the London Housing Foundation. He said “We were very pleased with the impressive range of applications we received this year. As ever the quality of entries was incredibly high. This goes to show how much excellent work is being done in the homelessness sector in London, with many exciting and innovative projects. The London Homelessness Awards in memory of Andy Ludlow recognise and honour this and it is a great privilege for us to be able to support them.”
The winners in 2014 was Groundswell UK’s Homeless Health Peer Advocacy Service. At the time, John Driscoll, a service user who became a volunteer and was then appointed as a project worker said:
“Winning the Andy Ludlow Award has made such a difference to not just my life – but to all the homeless people we support. This year we are going to deliver 2,000 appointments supporting more homeless people across London to sort their health out! Knowing that I’m a part of this gives me such a buzz!”
The winner and two runners up will be announced at a special event on Thursday 15th October at the Speaker’s House in the House of Commons.
The awards are funded by the London Housing Foundation, Shelter, the Mayor of London and the London boroughs. The first prize is £30,000 and there are also prizes of £15,000 and £10,000.