Harbour Housing has been shortlisted in three different categories for the Charity Times Awards 2021.
The awards celebrate excellence in the charity sector so it is a huge honour to have been recognised and selected alongside national organisations that do such incredible work in the sector.
There are 28 categories at this year’s events, with special focus on the coronavirus pandemic and how charities have responded to new and increasing need.
We have been named as finalists in the following categories: Trustee Board of the Year, PR Team of the Year, and Best Use of Technology.
Among those also shortlisted are organisations including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the Elton John Aids Foundation and Guide Dogs.
We will find out at the London awards gala in September whether we are to be named overall winners in any of these categories, and the event will also be a great opportunity to share experiences with other organisations in the sector and discuss good practice.
Malcom Putko, operations director, said: “It’s a huge honour to have been shortlisted for these national awards. I’m incredibly proud of the work that the whole Harbour Housing team has done over the past year and this recognition is a testament to their efforts.
“We pride ourselves on constantly innovating and striving to provide the best service we can to our beneficiaries and the communities we serve.
“It takes investment from the whole organisation to make this happen, encompassing the board of trustees, the communications team, the IT department and more.
“As a Cornish charity it is incredibly humbling to be recognised alongside so many organisations doing such brilliant work at a national scale, and we hope we can bring back a win for Cornwall in September.”
Trustee Board of the Year
Harbour is being recognised for the diversity of experience on its board, as well as the commitment of all its trustees to engage with the charity at an operational level.
Many trustees are based in the local area and regularly run groups and sessions for the charity’s beneficiaries as well as actively supporting staff development. The board also approved bold and drastic measures at the start of the pandemic to prevent the spread of the virus.
PR Team of the Year
Harbour’s communications team is being recognised for the work they have done to demystify the activities of the charity as well as valuing and amplifying the voices of beneficiaries.
The communications team was formed in 2019 and consists of two graduates, Emily and Cicely, who are responsible for managing press, social media, events, internal communications, campaigns and all other means of promoting achievements and raising awareness for relevant causes.
Best Use of Technology
Harbour is being recognised for its commitment to innovation and its use of technology during the pandemic to optimise remote working, prioritise safety on site and promote connectivity during a period of increasing isolation.
Key to this was the hiring of Joe, our full-time data analyst who has designed an app to collect key performance indicator data more efficiently and better analyse trends in referrals, client needs and client outcomes.