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Make a Stand campaign shortlisted in prestigious awards as 200 sign up


CIH's Make a Stand campaign to tackle domestic abuse has been shortlisted for a prestigious award as it reaches the landmark of 200 organisations signed up to a pledge.

Make a Stand launched in May in partnership with Women's Aid and the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) as part of Alison Inman's presidential appeal.

It centres around a pledge that gives housing organisations the opportunity to sign up to make four focused, but easily deliverable commitments to provide support for people experiencing domestic abuse.

And it was revealed on Friday (July 20) that the campaign has made the final of the Midlands Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) PRide Awards in the Not-for-profit Campaign of the Year category.

The response to the campaign has been overwhelming with 200 housing organisations signed up to take action to help people experiencing domestic abuse in their communities and their organisations. Those organisations collectively own and manage more than two million properties across the UK - that's more than 40% of all social housing.

Alison Inman, CIH president, said: "We reached the 200 landmark for Make a Stand and found out we had been shortlisted for a CIPR Award on the same day which is just fantastic.

"The response from the housing sector to this campaign has been nothing short of amazing and it's worth remembering that it isn't even two months old.

"We hoped that organisations would support what we were trying to achieve and they absolutely have.

"The thing that matters most is that millions of people in communities across the UK will be able to access more support and have more protection from domestic abuse. What a great achievement for every single organisation and person who has been involved.

"We'd love organisations who haven't signed up yet to consider joining us and making their stand against domestic abuse. If we could get full coverage that would be amazing and I think that is a realistic goal."

Steve Hayes, communications manager at CIH, said: "The CIPR Awards are really prestigious and the competition is really strong so we are thrilled to make the final.

"Alison's choice of domestic abuse as the cause she wanted to raise awarenesss of during her presidency really struck a chord with the sector. It was clear housing organisations felt they should be doing more on this crucial issue and we wanted to come up a with a clear, concise and robust campaign to help them to do this. I'm really pleased that we have been able to do that.

"Ultimately though, for a campaign to be successful it requires people to buy into it and a willingness to act and housing organisations have welcomed this campaign with open arms. The nomination for this award is a testament to that as well as to the hard work that Alison, DAHA and Women's Aid have all put in to making it a reality."

The final ceremony for the Midlands CIPR PRide Awards will take place on Friday 26 October in Birmingham.

  • Find out more about Make a Stand here

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