Greenwich Winter Night Shelter has been announced as one of the winners of the prestigious London Homelessness Awards 2022. The project, based in Eltham, will share a prize fund of £60,000.
Over 30 projects from across London applied for the awards this year and Greenwich Winter Night Shelter has now made the final three. They will find out at a special ceremony in October whether they have won first, second or third prize.
Greenwich Winter Night Shelter is a local charity which provides emergency accommodation and support for the homeless in Greenwich through their winter night shelter and year-round day centre.
Katy Ridsdill-Smith, Shelter Director said:
“We are extremely pleased to be one of the London Homelessness Awards prize winners. With support from over 200 volunteers, we now provide single-room accommodation for nine individuals (including a women’s only wing), 1:1 casework and advocacy, and a pet friendly drop-in day centre where anyone who is homeless or vulnerably housed can access support and facilities. All our services have been designed by guests through focus groups to work towards breaking the cycle of homelessness.”
Margaret Malcolm works with the London Housing Foundation and assessed all of the applicants. She said:
“With a strong field of over 30 applicants, Greenwich Winter Night Shelter did very well to get to the last three. Their presentation to the judging panel was very powerful. They provide high quality services to a wide range of clients and showcase just how vibrant and innovative the homelessness sector in London continues to be.”
More details about the London Homelessness Awards can be found at www.lhawards.org.uk.