Our Kent Home Improvement Agency (HIA) has had great success at two recent award ceremonies.

Firstly, the team attended the Kent Housing Group Excellence Awards, celebrating the innovation and dedication of colleagues and partners who deliver services to support the community in Kent and Medway.

This year the awards had partnered with the Joint Policy and Planning Board to celebrate the link between health and housing.

This first category was the Excellent Partnership award which celebrates organisations who work in partnership to provide the best possible service to their customers and local communities. This was won by our West Kent Hospital Discharge Team.

This service provides a specialist housing worker in the hospital discharge team in order to support accelerated discharge from hospital. Often people who are medically well enough to leave hospital are prevented from doing so due to issues around their housing and thanks to the excellent collaborative working with the local councils and health partnerships, the service has achieved excellent results.

Secondly, Donna Crozier, Operations Manager for the Kent HIA, was awarded the Excellence in Delivering Services for Vulnerable People category. This was in recognition of her energy and commitment to the hospital discharge project, getting things operational and driving the partners to keep momentum going.

The following day, Karen Leslie, Head of Service for Kent and Sussex, went to the annual Home Improvement Agency Awards, organised by Foundations, along with her partners from the NHS, Sevenoaks District Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Tonbridge & Malling District Council.

These awards celebrate the work of 170 social value driven organisations throughout England that provide adaptations and other services aimed at helping older and disabled people live independently in their own homes.

We were nominated in the Collaborations Award category, and despite not winning, our Kent HIA was commended in the category.

After the ceremony at the House of Lords, Karen Leslie was lucky enough to meet and have her photo taken with Lord Best, the host of the awards who commended all the entries:

Once again, these awards demonstrate the innovative work being undertaken by home improvement agencies across the country. They are playing a crucial role in enabling people to live safely in their own homes and in the process are helping to relieve the pressure on health and social care services.

Congratulations to Karen and her team in Kent, these two award ceremonies show the great work being done for vulnerable people to enable them to remain or return to their homes in safety and comfort.

For more information on the Kent Housing Group awards, click here. For more information about Foundations, click here.