Homeless Link Excellence Awards 2019

Homeless Link's annual award scheme celebrates the best of the homelessness and supported housing sectors.

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About the awards

We want to be able to showcase the innovative, effective work that our members are doing around the country to support those experiencing homelessness. The deadline for entering has now passed and the shortlising has taken place! Building on the success of last year, we were really pleased to have received over 120 entries from charities looking to demonstrate the difference they are making. It was incredibly inspiring to read about all of the innovative, impactful work that is occurring across the country and reinforced  our sense of pride of working within this sector.

These awards were free to enter and were open to any organisation that is a member of Homeless Link. There wasn’t a limit on the number of categories that one organisation could enter.

The six awards in detail

1. Excellence in co-production
This award recognises projects, large or small, which have been designed and delivered through a partnership between individuals with experience of homelessness and supported housing professionals. As well as actively involving people with lived experience, the projects should duly acknowledge their contributions, and be able to demonstrate positive service impact and outcomes for the individuals as a result.

2. Innovation in housing
This award acknowledges projects that have come up with a different or enhanced housing offer for people who have traditionally been seen as ‘hard to house’.

3. Excellence in supporting people
This award honours services and projects that can demonstrate innovative and person-centred ways of working, which have led to improved outcomes for people facing homelessness or living in supported housing. This might include, but is not limited to, floating support, employment or training provision, advocacy or adopting a psychologically-informed approach.

4. Communicating for change
This award celebrates the impact that a piece of communication has had; that has used compelling content to successfully engage, inform and bring about a positive action or change in behaviour to improve the lives of those experiencing homelessness or living in supported accommodation. This can include online or offline channels e.g. an app, social media campaign, piece of lobbying, crisis communication or engagement with the press et al.

5. Social enterprise of the year
This award recognises social enterprises that can demonstrate a clear vision, strategic direction and business excellence alongside a social impact that is creating better outcomes for individuals experiencing homelessness.

6. Promoting partnerships and collaborative working
This award recognises the added strength that working in collaboration with others can bring, and will reward partnerships that have enabled better outcomes, efficiencies or more tailored, effective responses to be delivered to help prevent or relieve homelessness.

Our shortlisted applicants

We are pleased to announce that our shortlisted applicants are:

  • Excellence in co-production: Live Life - Herts Young Homeless, Shelter and The Connection at St Martin's
  • Innovation in housing: Changing Lives, Commonweal Housing & Praxis Community Projects and Stonewater
  • Excellence in supporting people: C4WS Homeless Project, P3 and St Martins
  • Communicating for change: Booth Centre, Groundswell and St Basils - Youth Voice
  • Social enterprise of the year: Cafe Art (UK) Community Interest Company, Just Works / Printed By Us (Cathedral Archer Project) and Liverpool Homeless Football Club
  • Promoting partnerships and collaborative working: Glass Door Homeless Charity, P3 and Solace Women's Aid

Judging criteria

The panel of judges were looking for:

  • Evidence of impact
    Demonstrating the quantifiable social difference that your project or service makes in tackling or preventing homelessness and how this information is being used to refine your offer.
  • Efficient use of resources
    Demonstrating excellent value for money, where resources are carefully managed and not wasted.
  • Sustainability
    Demonstrating a longer-term business plan that is driving the organisation’s vision and mission forward and creating financial stability for the project or service.
  • Following a strengths-based approach
    Demonstrating that the individuals accessing your services are at the centre of what you do and are not only valued for their strengths, skills, and assets but are given real opportunities to use them.
  • Replicability
    Demonstrating how the learning from your project or service could be used by others to help prevent or tackle homelessness.
  • Inclusivity
    Demonstrating that the voices and views of individuals with lived experience of homelessness are genuinely involved in the design of the policies and services that support them.
  • Creativity and flexibility
    Demonstrating that your project or service is responsive to changing requirements, policies or developments in practice to ensure that it remains as effective and efficient as possible.

Award prizes

The winner of each award category will have their service filmed over the Summer. This short film will then be able to be shared on social media, with funders and strategic partners to showcase their award winning work.They will also receive a trophy and a certificate. The runner up will receive a certificate.


The deadline for submissions was 5pm on Friday 8 March 2019. Entries that have been shortlisted have been notified. The awards dinner, where the winner and runner up will be announced, is on Tuesday 2 July at our annual conference, Under One Roof. Entering the awards does not entitle the organisation to a free place at our conference, Under One Roof.

Judging panel

We are pleased to have a panel of third sector professionals judging our awards. Our judges are:

  • Kate Alaway, Head of Member Services, Homeless Link
  • Piers Feilden, Chair, Homeless Link Board of Trustees
  • David Ford, Founder, Expert Link
  • Arvinda Gohil, Chief Executive, Community Links
  • Rick Henderson, Chief Executive, Homeless Link
  • Jemima Olchawski, Chief Executive, AGENDA
  • Jaishree Mistry, Investment Manager, Homeless Link
  • Steve Wyler, Founder, A Better Way Network

Terms and conditions

Please click here to view the award terms and conditions.

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Kate Alaway

Kate Alaway

Head of member services

Kate is our head of member services managing the team who work directly with our members across England.

Telephone: 020 7840 4461
Email: kate.alaway@homelesslink.org.uk
Twitter: @connectingkate