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22 December, 2022
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A Year of Awards

Your place has been awarded a number of local and national awards this year recognising the efforts of our hardworking and dedicated team. We are incredibly proud of everyone who had contributed towards these awards, as well as all those whose work hasn’t been recognised so publicly. But most importantly, we are proud of the impact we have made on the lives of the people we support.

Hope Street

During the pandemic, we worked closely with architects to transform an unused warehouse into innovative modular accommodation for adults who have experienced rough sleeping. We wanted to create a positive and caring environment that restores an individual’s self-respect through unique and distinctively designed spaces and a sense of community.

  • Winner – Charity Times Award: Property Innovation, Hope Street accommodation
  • Highly commended – Inside Housing Development Awards: Best affordable housing development less than £5m, Hope Street accommodation

The Charity Times said: Hailed as ‘beautiful, thoughtful, holistic and innovative’, judges were impressed with the level of care that has been taken to repurpose a warehouse for considerable impact.

Amanda Dubarry

Amanda joined as our CEO in March 2018. During this time, she has completely transformed the charity and continues to inspire residents, colleagues, the local community and stakeholders across the homelessness sector. She is deeply passionate about developing the services to achieve meaningful outcomes for residents and through her visionary approach, she continues to make Your Place a great place to work and a trusted voice in the community and homeless sector.

  • Winner – Housing Heroes Awards: Inspirational leader of the year – independent, Amanda Dubarry
  • Finalist – Women in Housing Awards: Woman of the year, Amanda Dubarry

Community Partnerships Team

When a resident first arrives at Your Place, we assess their training needs to explore their motivators, existing skills and development ambitions. Each person’s education, training and employment journey will vary and will be adapted to suit their individual needs. We have a wide range of services to offer residents during their stay, which can be navigated and accessed as needed with the support of a job coach.

  • Winner – UK Housing Awards: Resident employment and training award

The judges said: “Their work in engaging with people furthest from the job market was inspiring. Their devotion to making sure [they] reached out to Newham’s diverse communities was exemplary.”

Frontline Services Team

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been one of the fourteen community groups who hosted vaccination sessions at our premises. Covid represented a significant risk to our residents.  Our teams worked collaboratively to provide continued and efficient services and to keep residents safe with easy and early access to the vaccines.

  • Winner – Newham Civic Awards: Health Equity 50 Steps Award, Community Vaccine Clinic Host
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