LAST Thursday members of the Harbour Housing communications team and trustee Tim Styles attended the ceremony for the South West Business and Community Awards after we were shortlisted in one of the categories.
We are so pleased to announce that Harbour was announced Charity of the Year!
As the only Cornish charity shortlisted for the award, we were up against many other charitable organisations from across the South West, as far reaching as Wiltshire and Somerset.
The ceremony was held at the Double Tree Hotel in Swindon on 23 January and recognised the region’s most ambitious, inspirational and exciting businesses, charities and individuals.
There were a record number of entries this year amounting to over 450, with the tough competition making the top prizes all the more prestigious.
The judging panel said that they were impressed by Harbour’s commitment to our clients and the community as a whole.
They praised our work for “changing the lives of many homeless people” and were impressed by the way we were “engaged in the community, in projects like litter picking and bus stop regeneration.”
Tim Styles accepted the award on behalf of Harbour and in his acceptance speech said:
“Deserving of a big thanks are the support teams and outreach workers who put in so many hours to tirelessly help their clients, and our wonderful team of volunteers who are so empathetic towards our beneficiaries and give up their spare time to help them on their journey to recovery.
“We think that there should be no barriers to accessing a safe home, and we are committed to continuing to widen access to our services for the most vulnerable groups in society.
“Thank you to the judging panel for recognising our work, it means a great deal to everyone at Harbour Housing.”
We are so, so proud to have won this award. Homelessness and its accompanying complex needs so often go under the radar in our county, and we’re committed to doing our part in tackling this.
Every member of staff is so passionate about what we do here, and it’s amazing to be recognised for that at such a prestigious event.
This award means so much to all of us at Harbour, and credit must go to our volunteers and community stakeholders but most importantly our residents, who are at the heart of what we do.