Erosh, the national consortium of older people’s housing and support providers, has announced the four 2015 Innovation and Good Practice Award winners. The awards reward and celebrate the best providers working creatively to provide quality housing and support to meet the needs of our ageing population.
Entries were judged by a panel of experts with the process culminating in a prestigious celebration event at Mercers’ Hall in London where finalists, erosh members, trustees and key figures from the older people’s housing and support sector came together. The winners were presented with their awards and prizes by erosh patron Dame Esther Rantzen, and Lord Richard Best chaired the ceremony.
Among the winners was Rooftop Housing Group for its ‘Can Do Club’
The Can Do Club involves disabled residents and older people from the community who initially came together through volunteering for Rooftop. They met once a week in a sheltered scheme to share hobbies and ideas; this became the ‘Can Do’ Club which now involves a variety of activities. In partnership with Working World, the Club also has access to a mini-bus widening the range of activities. The Club has developed its own constitution and formed a committee which raises and manages funds; provides activities and trips; and provides a safe, pleasant environment for making new friends.
Leah Jones, Rooftop Housing Volunteer commented: “Considering the immense hard work and unique projects that were submitted, we were honoured to be shortlisted. After meeting the other candidates at the awards ceremony, we were surprised and delighted to be announced winners. The group are currently in discussion on how the money will be spent a trip to Severn Valley Railway is potentially on the cards. We all had a fantastic day and felt very proud to win the award.”
The other winners were
Yarlington Housing Group – Wincanton Community Pilot, which aims to to integrate Yarlington’s Extra Care Scheme with the local community and two sheltered schemes to provide a central hub bringing together Yarlington’s own residents with people in the wider community;
Alliance Homes – Festival of Ages - an intergenerational project involving students and sheltered residents sharing stories of music, and; Lambeth Living – Castle House Sheltered Housing Scheme Website, a digital engagement programme has strengthened internal community links, reconnected residents with families, and developed important external relations improved quality of life.
Rebecca Mollart, Chief Executive of erosh and member of the judging panel, commented: “We were again impressed with the entries highlighting the positive and innovative ways members are responding to the funding cuts. It was a difficult task to select the winners from a quality field but they ‘stood out from the crowd’; reached older people in the wider community and are continuing and/or being rolled out elsewhere. We will share this good practice with members through our Policy & Good Practice Portal and it will help with our own project to collate evidence demonstrating the value and benefits of sheltered housing services.”