Aldwyck’s Supported Housing Team ‘highly commended’ at national awards
Aldwyck’s Supported Housing Team were ‘highly commended’ in the ‘Frontline Team of the Year’ category at this year’s Housing Heroes Awards in Manchester.
The awards recognise the commitment, passion and hard work of the unsung heroes of the housing sector across the UK, and are jointly organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing magazine.
The Supported Housing Team provides homes and support to people experiencing mental health problems, and those with physical or learning disabilities. Aldwyck’s dedicated team of 25 works in partnership with councils and other organisations, and currently supports over 600 people across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire to live independent and fulfilling lives in homes that meet their needs.
The support the team provides varies according to the individual’s need and focusses on helping them to develop the skills they need to manage their home, build positive relationships and be involved in the community. To help with this development, the team organises regular activities, events and outings such as cooking, gardening, growing vegetables, first aid training, wellbeing walks and pet therapy.
The Frontline Team of the Year award is just one of the recent accolades Aldwyck’s Supported Housing Team has received. One of their scheme managers, Julie Morrey, was shortlisted for a St Albans Community Award in the ‘Service to the Community’ category. The service overall has also received ‘Excellent’ and ‘Good’ ratings in reviews by local authorities.
Kirsty Pepper, Aldwyck’s Managing Director, said: “We’re so proud of the team for being ‘highly commended’ in these awards. This recognises an amazing team who provide a dedicated, committed and genuinely caring service to the most vulnerable people in our communities. The work of our Supported Housing Team, and the sector in general, plays a key role in helping people develop the skills they need to maintain their tenancies or move to more suitable housing, and ultimately helps prevent homelessness and relieves pressure on other health and support services.”