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Award categories

We've updated this year's award categories to better recognise the wide range of services our members deliver to support people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Excellence in supported housing

Do you provide accommodation that you are proud of? This award recognises high quality, safe accommodation options for individuals or couples experiencing rough sleeping or homelessness.

We are looking for supported housing solutions that enable people to have the right to open and close their own front door and feel safe and secure in their own accommodation. We want to hear about the approach you are taking, the outcomes the service is achieving and what is enabling you to make a positive difference to peoples’ lives.

Excellence in support and navigation

Are you a support service or project going the extra mile? People become homeless for a whole range of complex reasons. Helping someone out of homelessness is often about more than putting a roof over their head. This award celebrates projects or services that ensure the individuals you are supporting are at the centre of what you do.

We are looking for inclusive and compassionate services providing the right support to meet individuals’ specific, diverse needs and aspirations and can show that this is supporting them out of homelessness.

Best health and wellbeing initiative

Are you providing a health initiative that is improving the health or wellbeing of people experiencing homelessness? With homelessness having a devastating impact on someone’s health and wellbeing, homelessness services play an important role in improving the health outcomes of people in housing need. This award celebrates good quality care that is designed with and for patients.

We are interested in health initiatives that are inclusive and accessible to everyone reducing health inequalities, and that are leading to improved physical and mental health outcomes enabling people to recover and remain well.

Outstanding achievement in outreach and rough sleeper provision

Is your service helping people move away from the streets for good? Rough sleeping is dangerous and causes serious health issues. This award recognises approaches that either prevent rough sleeping from happening in the first place, or tailored, rapid responses that intervene and help someone recover and build an independent life off the streets where it does happen.

We are interested in the approach you are taking, the outcomes the service is achieving and what specifically is enabling you to make a positive difference to peoples’ lives.

Social enterprise of the year

Are you a social entrepreneur or involved in a social enterprise that is reducing economic inequality, improving social justice or contributing to environmental sustainability? This award recognises social enterprises that can demonstrate a clear mission and strategic direction alongside a social impact that is creating better outcomes for individuals experiencing homelessness.

We are interested in social enterprises that are having commercial success, where more than 50% of the enterprise’s income is secured through trading and whose profits are re-invested to help to transform lives.

Why enter

The awards offer a fantastic opportunity to raise your profile as an award-winner and celebrate the successes of your team.

All winners will receive:

  • A trophy and a certificate to display in your organisation
  • A winner’s logo which you can use on your website and in your marketing communications
  • Support with Press from our Communications team, to help you to secure press coverage of your achievements, including template press release
  • A social media splash of your win on Homeless Link's social media channels, as well as social cards to post about your achievements across your own social channels
  • An interview about your project to be shared on the Homeless Link website and in our newsletters
  • A profile of your organisation at a Homeless Link event in 2023/24 so you can share your project directly with peers from the sector

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The Judges

The Excellence Awards judging panel is made up of external judges and judges from Homeless Link. They bring a variety of experiences and perspectives, as well as a passion for the sector to ensure that all applications are fairly considered and award winners really stand-out.

  • Suzannah Young

    Suzannah Young

    Policy Officer, National Housing Federation

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    Sarah Faber

    Investment Director, Big Issue Invest

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    Steve Benson

    Chief Executive, Two Saints

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    Ross Watkins

    Acting Director, Emmaus SLC

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    Rick Henderson

    Chief Executive

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    Kate Alaway

    Head of Member Services

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    Jo Prestidge

    Head of National Practice Development

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    Sirea Jabar

    Partnership Manager (Yorkshire & Humber, North East, Lancashire & Cumbria)

How to enter

Winners and highly commended entries for 2023 have been announced. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who applied.

You can read the full T&Cs here: Excellence Awards 2023 Terms and Conditions

Applications for the Excellence Awards 2024 will open early next year. The awards are only open to Homeless Link member organisations. To find out more about becoming a member organisation, visit our membership webpages or speak to our Membership Manager, Lizzie March.

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Kate Alaway

Head of Member Services

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