The Cyrenians win housing heroes award
A North East England homeless charity – The Cyrenians – has won a prestigious prize at the UK Housing Heroes Awards in London today.
The awards were established in 2009 to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the many unsung heroes working in the housing sector.
The Cyrenians won the Support/Care Team of the Year Award for their project to support homeless people with complex needs. The Adults facing Chronic Exclusion (ACE) project provides day and night support on the streets of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to excluded people such as rough sleepers and sex workers. The team responsible for the project is staffed entirely by people who have themselves been chronically excluded.
The ACE Team collected their award at the Hilton Hotel from BBC TV personality Ben Fogle. In total, awards were presented in 15 different categories in an event organised jointly by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing magazine.
The Chartered Institute of Housing’s Kathy Hanson said: "Homelessness Charities face hugely challenging working which require invention and radical approaches to service delivery. The ACE project is working successfully to support some of the most excluded people in society. The passion, dedication and knowledge of the ACE team is bringing success – a success which only they could achieve with their inside knowledge and personal experiences."