This year’s awards highlight how those working to guarantee homes are accessible and safe have actually been at the leading edge of supporting vulnerable individuals through the pandemic, with winners praised for their important adaptations work, Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) jobs, and helping individuals feel safer and more independent in their homes.
The team at Middlesbrough Staying Put AgencyCouncils, charities, and inspiring frontline staff have actually been commended for their outstanding operation in supporting people to live individually in your home at the National Healthy Housing Awards 2020.
Judges examined entries from all over England throughout 7 categories: Handyperson Service of the Year, Home Improvement Agency of the Year, Caseworker of the Year, Contractor of the Year, Home Adaptation Service of the Year, Social Housing Adaptations Service of the Year, and Technical Officer of the Year.
Arranged by Foundations, the Government-funded national body for house improvement firms (HIAs), the National Healthy Housing Awards 2020– now in their second year– honor pioneering organizations and people who support individuals with impairments and long-term conditions to live safely in your home.
Longman Developments in Egham, Surrey, won Contractor of the Year for the conscientious way in which the firm approaches adjustments. Led by George Longman, the company has finished many DFG jobs. Nominating Longman Developments for the awards, designer Kathryn Thomas of Archadia said: “They stick out because they understand the issues people have entered into a job and try make the clients as comfy as possible throughout … They are always knowledgeable about the customer’s capability and requirements and adapt their working to match the person.”
Leeds Care & & Repair has been crowned Home Improvement Agency of the Year for the method by which its detailed Home Plus service– provided on behalf of Leeds City Council– has actually supported more than 8,500 individuals over the last 2 years. As speeding up the delivery of adaptations, the HIA has reached out to vulnerable individuals throughout the pandemic through its RuOK call service. Some 98 percent of customers say they feel much safer at home and are able to live individually for longer.
” But what is likewise striking is the method in which they have shown themselves ideally geared up to assist protect a few of the most vulnerable people in society from the impacts of the pandemic.”
Paul Smith, Director of Foundations, said: “From running health center discharge services to performing vital adaptations, this year’s winners highlight the method in which organizations continue to innovate and strive for improvement in collaboration with associates throughout the health, real estate, and social care.
Oxford City Council Home Improvement Agency has actually scooped the title of Home Adaptation Service of the Year for its proactive technique to tackling housing problems in order to help health center discharge. Working closely with health partners, the HIA has actually enhanced the way basic measures that prevent falls in your home are identified and implemented. Much more individuals are now being reached thanks to a comprehensive marketing project targeted at susceptible people and more than 30,000 doctors, nurses, and other health professionals.
Having been a runner up in 2019, Middlesbrough Staying Put Agency went one better this year by taking the title of Handyperson Service of the Year. Part of Middlesbrough Council, the HIA has grown its handyperson service over the last seven years, and during 2019-20, it completed Adaptations and 2,200-repairs and 460 home improvements while likewise supporting more than 800 telecare customers. Leeds Care & & Repair has been crowned Home Improvement Agency of the Year for the way in which its thorough Home Plus service– provided on behalf of Leeds City Council– has actually supported more than 8,500 individuals over the last 2 years. Oxford City Council Home Improvement Agency has actually scooped the title of Home Adaptation Service of the Year for its proactive technique to taking on real estate problems in order to help hospital discharge. The title of Social Housing Adaptations Service of the Year has actually gone to Rochdale Home Improvement Agency for the method it has engaged social landlords and helped them to deliver pioneering solutions.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s winners were revealed at a virtual event with the awards sponsored by damp room and adjusted bathroom expert ProCare.
Having actually been a runner up in 2019, Middlesbrough Staying Put Agency went one much better this year by taking the title of Handyperson Service of the Year. Part of Middlesbrough Council, the HIA has actually grown its handyperson service over the last seven years, and during 2019-20, it completed 2,200-repairs and adaptations and 460 house enhancements while likewise supporting more than 800 telecare clients. In current months, personnel and volunteers have actually been at the lead of the local Covid-19 action– facilitating safe hospital discharge in the middle of rising need and distributing PPE and food parcels.
Lorraine Flory has been crowned Occupational Therapist of the Year in recognition of her “holistic method” that’s “put psychological health, solitude prevention and community resources at the forefront of local provision”. Based at Independent Living in Staffordshire, part of Millbrook Healthcare, she works across six regional authority areas in the county, supporting associates’ advancement and ultimately assisting clients to get “genuinely personalized care”.
Consistently going above and beyond for customers– consisting of life-saving guidance that guaranteed an 80-year-old lady looked out to carbon monoxide fumes– saw Bob Stephenson of Age UK Notts win Caseworker of the Year. One associate commented that Bob is: “Knowledgeable, a professional in his field, but he can put vulnerable clients at ease and is really patient, thoughtful and caring. I feel I have actually been learning from the best, he’s a great coach.”
” His customer-focused method has actually made numerous peoples lives immeasurably much better. He is the requirement that everyone else attempts to attain.” With those words, Richard Conway, housing standards manager at Dorset Council, sums up why Paul Foot has actually been named Technical Officer of the Year. Through his role at Dorset Accessible Homes Service, part of Millbrook Healthcare, Paul has actually worked tirelessly to promote independent living by understanding what each customer’s strengths are and discovering options that construct on those attributes.
The title of Social Housing Adaptations Service of the Year has gone to Rochdale Home Improvement Agency for the method it has actually engaged social property owners and assisted them to deliver pioneering options. Part of Rochdale Council, the HIA has worked closely with property owners to help them comprehend the DFG process and usage financing flexibly in order to support tenants. Success stories consist of a family with three wheelchair-dependent children who moved into a brand-new home that had been adjusted to their requirements utilizing DFG cash.
The National Healthy Housing Awards construct on the success of the yearly HIA Awards, which were organized by Foundations from 2001 to 2018. The new awards, launched in 2019, continue to champion the work of home enhancement firms however likewise celebrate a wider range of individuals and organizations across England that makes it possible for individuals to live independent lives.