We’re delighted to announce that we have won a prestigious Guardian Public Service Award.
The awards, which are open to businesses, public sector organisations, voluntary sector organisations, individuals and academic institutions, feature a range of categories, and nominations are open to the public. The Guardian’s team of public service journalists and editors then shortlist a winner and two finalists who attend the ceremony, which took place at the Royal Horticultural Halls in central London on 27th November 2018.
We were finalist in the Housing category for the work our Heart and Home service does. The supported lodgings service offers accommodation with Hosts in the Hosts own home to vulnerable young people, usually care leavers, who are in need of stability, security and a place to live. This is somewhere they can start to learn important life skills, which will help them on their way to independence.
The ceremony was attended by Matt Garrod, Director of Operations; Pip Yaxley, Multi-Service Manager, Claire Overton Assistant Manager and Rachel Hogg, Communications Coordinator.
Matt Garrod said: “We’re thrilled with this national award. It’s wonderful to have such recognition from the Guardian Public Service Awards. It demonstrates the strength of the service and the care and compassion of the team and Hosts who make the service such a success.”
Pip Yaxley, Multi Service Manager said: “I echo Matt’s words; Heart and Home goes above and beyond every day to give young people in Norfolk and Suffolk a safe and secure home and better opportunities in life. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this brilliant achievement.”
We’re currently looking for more people in Norfolk and Suffolk who can offer a spare room but who are also supportive, tolerant and understanding to help deliver our Heart and Home service – so if you would like to be part of this award winning team, please contact us.
It demonstrates the strength of the service and the care and compassion of the team and Hosts who make the service such a success.
Matt Garrod, Director of Operations
The Benjamin Foundation have helped me gain independence, confidence, self-esteem and I have discovered more about myself. They have given me great opportunities and I am ever so grateful to be a part of it. If it wasn’t for them I don’t know where I’d be today. Thank you for shaping my life and giving me hope for a future.