Trident Reach the People Charity has been shortlisted for the annual award in the 2013 Housing Innovation Awards after around 30 housing providers were nominated, and is now down to the last six up for the award.
The charity provides services in Birmingham and the surrounding areas including having core services in Derbyshire and Shropshire. Formerly the care and support department within Trident Housing Association, it was set up as a separate charity in 2009.
Rajbir Shergill, Head of Tenancy Support at Trident Reach, said it was a major achievement for such a relatively young organisation to be shortlisted for the award.
He explained that with many of Trident Reach’s customers facing cuts in their household incomes, the charity had developed a wide range of ‘added value’ services to help meet local needs.
These include a Rent Relief Fund to help young working people who are struggling to pay their rent, a Furniture Bank to help those moving into an unfurnished home, a Food Bank for people struggling to make ends meet, a Handy Person Service to particularly help older customers with minor repairs and adaptations, and a Homeless Transition Fund aimed at those leaving prison or hospital who are at risk of rough sleeping.
We are really proud to have been shortlisted for this award. We have worked hard to diversify our services so we can offer a wider range of opportunity and choice for our customers in challenging times. It is a major achievement that this has been recognised when we are such a young charity.
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