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CIH South East Awards bigger and better than ever


The CIH South East Awards were back for 2017 and this year we had with more applications than ever!

The awards give everyone the chance to showcase their outstanding work or nominate outstanding staff.

The four awards presented at the South East conference this year were:

Best outcome achieved for residents: Money Matters Team at AmicusHorizon

The judges were particularly impressed by this submission as there were some really fantastic examples of the benefits to both residents and the organisation. The team have helped hundreds of households in areas such as their benefits claims and utility bills to mention a few. Working with the community development team they have supported 8,000 people to unlock their potential through skills and employment and a true focus on ‘people’.

Innovation of the year: Workwise programme at Porchlight

In the day and age of homelessness, Porchlight’s Workwise programme demonstrates an innovative approach to helping homeless people into employment and training and focuses on prevention of homelessness. The programme demonstrates some fantastic examples of how Porchlight works with local businesses, with some significant outcomes demonstrated and a really flexible approach. Just one sign of the success of the programme showed that from a group of clients surveyed about the service 100% indicated that workwise had helped break down the barriers to them gaining employment and many clients are aspiring to progress to college or university.

Exceptional contribution by a CIH member: Michael Sander

Michael’s career in housing spans over many years. His outstanding contribution to the sector and the communities he serves are evident in his professional achievements and his leadership and inspiration of others. The judging panel were impressed by the range of diverse professional achievements and evidence of successful outcomes, ranging from new community developments, capital bids programmes and work with other sectors such as health and social care, to mention just a few. Michael’s commitment to professionalism, professional ethics and good practice is evidenced through his voluntary work and housing work internationally, which has included negotiating financial aid to fund housing studies in Malawi and the development of housing schemes in Sri Lanka and Kenya.

Apprentice of the year: Ashley Stewart

The judging panel were extremely impressed by Ashley’s contribution and commitment to his organisation, The Hyde Group. He really has hit the ground running! His willingness to learn different functions and tasks, his supportive approach to other peers and colleagues make him an outstanding candidate who deserves recognition. His commitment to his own professional development is evident through him completing courses in his own time, writing guides and deputising for others. It was agreed that Ashley is a shining example of an apprentice and an inspiration to other apprentices in that early stage of their career.

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