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  • Date: 31/01/2024

Honeycomb Group recognised for partnership working in homelessness sector at Totally Stoked awards

A Stoke-on-Trent homelessness partnership, led by our homelessness specialist Concrete, has been recognised with a local award this month.

The Destination:Home service won ‘Best Collaborative Project’ at VAST’s Totally Stoked Awards on 23 January. The ceremony, held at Stoke City Football Club, celebrated charities, organisations and individuals carrying out important work across the local area.

Destination:Home is a service led by Concrete and commissioned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council. The project sees Concrete work with local partners – Adullam Homes, Changes: Health and Wellbeing, North Staffs Mind and Walk Ministries – to provide a 24/7 support service to people impacted by homelessness locally.

This includes dedicated 24/7 supported accommodation schemes for men, women and young people, tenancy sustainment guidance in homes across the community and peer mentoring programmes.

Honeycomb Group was also shortlisted for three more awards. Concrete’s Phoenix Support Hub was a finalist for Breakthrough Award: Project, Glow’s Recovery Hub for the InVOLve Award and Glow’s Stoke-on-Trent refuge for Biggest Impact.

Melanie Dunn, Laura Dalton, Dean Marsh and Steven Bellamy at the awards

Head of Homelessness, Housing and Complex Needs, Laura Dalton, said: “We are over the moon to have won Best Collaborative Project for Destination:Home. The service is one that we are really proud to lead on, working alongside our fantastic partners across the city.

“Every day we see the impact that the service has – it literally changes lives. Whether that’s through our supported accommodation schemes, which gets people off the streets and into a home that is safe, secure and allows them to grow, or through our community housing, which teaches people how to maintain a tenancy and develop their skills.

“No matter what the support is, it always has the same powerful impact – enabling customers to move towards their next chapter.”

Director of Support and Wellbeing, Melanie Dunn, added: “Partnership working is so important to us at Honeycomb Group. The collaborative nature of the Destination:Home service has had such an impact over the last few years and it really is testament to the strong relationships between partners, which in turn creates fantastic results for customers.

“I’m also delighted that our other charitable services were shortlisted too – Concrete’s Phoenix Support Hub, Glow’s Recovery Hub and Glow’s Stoke-on-Trent refuge. All these services have a hugely positive impact on local people in lots of different ways. It’s a big honour to have them recognised.

“It was a pleasure and privilege to be at such an amazing event, all nominees provide much needed support and are making a huge impact across the city. A big thank you to VAST and Totally Stoked for making the evening the success it was.”

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