Date: 20th July
We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for a Charity Times 2022 award in the Property Innovation category!
The nomination is for the transformation of our Little Cosgarne property into a purpose built, fully wheelchair accessible accommodation that can house seven individuals.
Funded by the Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund, by DLUHC (Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities), Homeless Link and Housing Justice, the project enabled people in hospital who cannot be discharged due to facing homelessness or rough sleeping to recuperate in a safe environment while being provided with specialist support.
The Charity Times Awards recognise and celebrate best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector. At the Charity Times Awards 2021, we were thrilled to win the award for PR Team of the Year.
The nomination recognises the mammoth effort involved with the construction process, which due to the funding constraints had to be completed within 12 weeks. With such a large-scale project faced, not least during the coronavirus pandemic with restrictions on what could and couldn’t be done, it led to the construction team, contractors and volunteers, including residents at Harbour’s other properties who wished to learn new skills as part of their pathway to independent living, all working around the clock to achieve the end product in the short timeframe.
We are honoured to be shortlisted alongside projects from two other brilliant charities, the Royal British Legion and Caritas Anchor House.
Malcolm Putko, Operations Director at Harbour Housing, said: “We’re honoured that Little Cosgarne has been shortlisted for this prestigious national award.
“It’s truly a testament to the work of our brilliant in-house construction team and fantastic volunteers that Little Cosgarne is being considered alongside much higher profile, far larger budget building projects.
“Whether we win or not, the most important part for us is the number of people who have benefitted from staying at Little Cosgarne, which has acted as a safe discharge pathway for those at risk of rough sleeping since it opened in late December 2021.
“Whilst at Little Cosgarne, people can access the specialist support they need to help them recover and rebuild their lives.”
The nomination also recognises how the property was designed from the outset with the beneficiaries in mind and went far beyond the minimum standards that building control regulations required.
From the accessibility adaptations ranging from the shaking pillows which allow people with hearing difficulties to be alerted to the fire alarm to the lowered countertops, to more homely touches such as the bright wallpaper adorning the property, we made sure that the experience of our beneficiaries was inextricably linked to the design of the property.
Dr Michelle Cornes, Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London is responsible for evaluating the Department of Health and Social Care’s Out-of-Hospital Care Models Programme praised the project, adding: “Little Cosgarne is an exceptionally delivered, innovative project which can serve as a blue print for the delivery of step-down services on a national scale in the future. It’s fantastic that a project like this offering high quality accommodation that is accessible and homely thus maximising people’s chances of making a full recovery after a stay in hospital is available here in Cornwall and it’s something I’d like to see more of.”
Little Cosgarne functions as an expansion of our Hospital Discharge pathway, which gives people somewhere to live who do not have a place to go after being in hospital. Now we can house more wheelchair users and people with mobility issues.
The awards ceremony takes place in London in September; we hope that we can repeat the success of last year and bring home the award!