Street Sport Makes Final of Housing Oscars
Wednesday 15th November 2006
Street Sport has been named one of the top social housing projects in the country at the 'housing Oscars' - the UK Housing Awards.
The project, which has helped around 100 homeless men to improve their lives in the past 12 months, was runner-up in the 'Outstanding Achievement in Social Housing Scotland' category at the glittering event.
The event, which showcases excellence across the whole of the housing sector, took place on Thursday 9th November at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London.
Brian Capaloff, the Council's Homelessness Strategy Implementation officer, said: "While it would have been great to win the top title, I am delighted that the Street Sport project made it to the final shortlist at such a prestigious event. We were up against some tough opposition, and it was great to be judged so highly by our peers and other relevant professional bodies, such as the Chartered Institute of Housing."
Cllr Earle, Brian Capaloff and Dave Jones
Earlier this year Street Sport was granted £50,000-worth of Scottish Executive funding which will be used to expand the project and help even more vulnerable people.
Housing representative Councillor Kenny Earle said: "My congratulations go to everyone involved in this effective project. Street Sport has already changed the lives of so many young men, from improving their housing situation to help with drug and alcohol issues and this recognition at the UK Housing Awards illustrates the high quality of service that is being provided and the positive impact it is having. With the recently announced Executive funding boost the project can now go from strength to strength, reaching out to homeless women and women at risk of becoming homeless in our communities."
Falkirk FC are one of a number of partners who support the Forth Valley Street Sport project. NHS Forth Valley are Clackmannanshire Council's key partner in the project. It is also supported by children's charity NCH Path, LADA Link and Sign Post, which provide information and treatment for drug and alcohol related problems, and the Big Issue Foundation.
The social housing title was taken by the Scottish Council for Single Homeless for their My Space My Place campaign.