HAIL’s Peer Support Programme Shortlisted for Community Housing Award

By Hail
Thursday, 9th September 2021
Filed under: News

HAIL’s Peer Support Service has been shortlisted for the upcoming ICSH Allianz Community Housing Awards 2021 which is due to take place later this month. The awards will showcase innovative and sustainable social housing projects which approved housing bodies and local authority partners deliver for communities across the country.

HAIL’s Peer Support Programme was selected in the ‘Community Integration’ category following a shortlisting of entries. Projects shortlisted are also competing in the first ever Public Choice Award 2021, which gives members of the public an opportunity to support a participating project which they feel is most deserved of recognition.

You can vote for your favourite project up until 13th of September 2021, by clicking here

HAIL’s Peer Support Programme is a unique service that includes 20 trained Peer Support Volunteers (PSVs) who engage and provide support to people with mental health difficulties, as part of their recovery process. PSVs have all gone through their own process of recovery and draw on their own lived experience in a positive way. Support includes one-to-one or group support, or the introduction to further social and community activities.

HAIL has clients accessing the service through its various projects. Peer support was also extended to external clients for this first time during 2020, where people can be referred by Community Mental Health Teams.

Julie Cruickshank, Head of Services at HAIL, said the nomination is valuable recognition of the quality of work which the Peer Support Programme is doing. ‘‘It’s a great achievement for the Peer Support Programme to be nominated for this award as the programme is still quite new and innovative. It also recognises the dedication and hard work from both staff and the Peer Support Volunteers themselves.’’

Awards winners will be announced at the ICSH biennial National Social Housing Conference dinner on Thursday 23rd September.

To learn more about our Peer Support Servce, watch this video: