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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.

Demonstrating impact

The Demonstrating impact award recognises organisations that are able to clearly demonstrate their effectiveness, and their ability to learn from what works. We're interested in:

  • how you measure the difference your service is making
  • about your methodologies and the tools used
  • how the evidence is being used to shape the support you provide to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Tell us about how your evidence-driven approach enables your organisation to do better, whether that's through tailoring your services to better meet the needs of the people your work with, allocate resources more effectively, or help you advocate for policy change based on proven outcomes.

Excellent support

The Excellent support award celebrates the heart of homelessness delivery; those core support services that make a real difference in peoples’ lives. Whether it's through day provision, an accommodation service, an outreach team, or specialist health care, we're interested in initiatives that can show tangible results in supporting individuals out of homelessness. We are seeking:

  • inclusive and accessible services
  • services that provide tailored support to meet individuals’ needs and aspirations

Share how your organisation's person focused approach is making a difference and helping to end or prevent someone from experiencing homelessness.

Innovative housing

Ensuring there is access to suitable, affordable housing is critical to preventing and resolving homelessness. But faced with a chronic housing shortage this can be extremely challenging. The Innovative housing award celebrates organisations that are creative in how they are increasing access to appropriate housing for individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness. We are interested in all housing models, including:

  • long-term move-on accommodation
  • “off the streets” accommodation options
  • specialist supported housing
  • Housing First provision

It may include how you have sourced alternative funding, formed an unusual partnership, acquired access to empty properties, developed community-led housing or any other initiative that has increased your access to affordable housing. 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 impact on people’s lives.

Successful partnerships

The Successful partnerships award celebrates organisations within the homelessness sector that can demonstrate exceptional collaboration and partnership initiatives. This award acknowledges partnerships that extend beyond traditional boundaries, whether they involve:

  • corporate collaborations
  • partnerships with other public sector entities such as probation or hospitals
  • engagement in local strategic alliances

We're interested in hearing about the innovative ways your organisation has formed a partnership to address homelessness; the collaborative efforts undertaken, and the impactful outcomes achieved as a result. We invite you to share how this partnership has contributed to advancing your mission, improving service delivery, and ultimately making a difference in the lives of those affected by homelessness.

Workforce development

The Workforce development award celebrates organisations within the homelessness sector that prioritise the professional growth and wellbeing of their staff. We are looking for initiatives that create a thriving, skilled workforce; this could include projects that:

  • provide opportunities for skills and knowledge growth
  • create the space for career development
  • promote a supportive and nurturing working environment
  • have effective methods to retain staff

We are interested in hearing about your organisation's approach to workforce development, the tangible outcomes achieved, and how it is making a positive impact on the lives of both staff and the people they support.

Why enter

The awards offer a fantastic opportunity to showcase your service's achievements and recognise your team's successes.

This year, the St-Martin-in-the-Fields Charity is supporting the awards by providing £3000 for each category winner to invest in staff wellbeing and/or learning and development.

Additionally, all winners will receive:

  • A trophy and certificate to display in your organisation.
  • A winner's logo for use on your website and in marketing materials.
  • Support from our Communications team to help secure press coverage of your achievements, including a template press release.
  • Promotion of your win on Homeless Link's social media channels, along with social media assets for your own channels.
  • An offer for an interview about your project to be featured on the Homeless Link website and in our newsletters.

"This accolade has not only elevated our reputation but has also secured funding for launching our Nutrition Project pilot."
Providence Row, 2023 Winner

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.

  • Ligia_teixeira_photo

    Dr. Lígia Teixeira

    Chief Executive, Centre for Homelessness Impact

  • Kathy Mohan

    Kathy Mohan

    Former Chief Executive, Housing Justice

  • sally daglihan

    Sally Daghlian OBE

    Former Chief Executive, Praxis

  • Natalie-King

    Natalie King

    Head of Development, St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity

  • Rick-henderson

    Rick Henderson

    Chief Executive, Homeless Link

How to enter

To apply, please fill out the application form provided below. Applications close at midday on Friday 10 May.

For detailed terms and conditions, you can refer to the Excellence Awards 2024 Terms and Conditions.

Please note that the awards are exclusively open to Homeless Link member organisations. If you're interested in becoming a member organisation, visit our membership webpages or speak to our Membership Manager, Lizzie March.

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