Denbighshire County Council picked up the honour at Cymorth Cymru’s Promoting Independence awards for the Tŷ Golau project which it manages in partnership with Clwyd Alyn Housing Association.
Tŷ Golau, which is based at Clwyd Buildings on Clwyd Street in Rhyl, operates emergency overnight accommodation for homeless men and women on the ground floor with extra single room accommodation on the first floor where clients can access one-to-one support in a short term tenancy as a stepping-stone into accommodation off the streets.
In the period from November 1 2014 to September 30 2015 a total of 118 different individuals used the emergency accommodation service, with 71% of service users coming from within the Denbighshire County Council area.
Of the 34 clients from outside the county who stayed at Tŷ Golau during this period 22 were reconnected with service providers supporting them in moving back to their home regions.
15 individuals have been able to access the first floor short-term trial tenancies with intensive support during the same period of which six have secured tenancies, three are currently living within the scheme and a further six have chosen to make their own alternative arrangements on leaving the scheme
Councillor Bobby Feeley, Cabinet Lead Member for Health and Social Care, said:
“The Council is delighted to be honoured for its work in providing emergency accommodation for the homeless. This is a prime example of partnership working at its best, with our strong working relationship with Clwyd Alyn Housing Association providing an opportunity to offer an extremely valuable service.
“This sort of work is not always recognised, so for the Supporting People team to have the opportunity to join others to celebrate the hard work they do was an honour”.
Paul Seymour, Corporate Director, Resident Services, with the Pennaf Housing Group, which includes Clwyd Alyn housing Association which manages the Tŷ Golau Scheme said:
“We’d like to congratulate our partners at Denbighshire County Council on this much deserved award. The vision and support they have provided in helping to establish this innovate scheme is helping to change the lives of many of the most vulnerable people in society.”