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Winners on World Homeless Day

Winners on World Homeless Day

We are delighted to win two categories on World Homeless Day in the Housing Essex Excellence Awards, Carnarvon Road, Southend-on-Sea for Development over 50 homes and Delivering Services for vulnerable people.

Development over 50 homes

Carnarvon Road development was built on the former Southend College site, it is a 100% affordable housing development which meets the need for new, high quality affordable homes in Southend on Sea.   The development features 40 Shared Ownership and 16 Affordable Rent two-bedroom apartments in six small blocks.

It was vital that we created homes at Carnarvon that would make modern, spacious living, affordable for those looking to get on the property ladder. Estuary strives for sustainability and ensures that all homes meet Homes England standards. Each home has been built to a high specification with fitted kitchens, flooring and plenty of storage space. The homes are well connected with the digital infrastructure, Sky Q connectivity options and either a patio, balcony or terrace.  Parking spaces have been provided and a covered, secure cycle storage.

Hollybrook Ltd our contractor, with us, worked closely with the local community. They instigated a number of initiatives including sponsorship of Southend Utd and the Princes Trust, providing money and materials for three projects which involved a programme for

16-25 year olds who  were not in work, training or education; a twice weekly soup kitchen to help the town’s homeless community by providing hot meals and laundry facilities as well as donating to the One Love Soup Kitchen; school visits to talk about construction; support for Make Southend Sparkle; signing up to Southend Council Responsibility Deal and a variety of on-site initiatives for employees.

Resident John Neville and his 13-year-old son, Cody had been living with John’s sister for a year in cramped conditions after John lost his home. John comments, “Cody has type 1 Diabetes and it was a priority to find somewhere to live, so I registered on the Southend Council’s’ housing waiting list. When Estuary offered me this brand new two-bedroom apartment, it was way beyond what I was hoping for. We love our home.”

Estuary is making significant contributions to improve the image and perception of affordable housing in Essex, by delivering quality homes and excellent services for local people.

Judges’ verdict: Impressive design, resulting in a high-quality development with good placemaking and public realm on former brownfield site incorporating 100% affordable housing.

Delivering Services to Vulnerable People

The Customer and Community Engagement Team set up the employment support service which assists our residents suffering financially who are in need of employment to sustain their tenancy. The majority of people  assisted are either vulnerable, people who have been unemployed for some time, previously homeless and those suffering with mental health issues. These vulnerable groups are at risk of eviction due to Universal Credit, so employment becomes a necessity.

Since September 2018 we have managed to assist 15 people into employment, 4 into apprenticeships, 117 have received 121 support, 25 into training and 11 work experience placements. This has surpassed all goals and targets set for the program.  Jake Barnes who leads on this service assisted the promotion of the program via case study video which have been shared on our website and social media channels..

“Getting a flat with Estuary felt like winning the lottery, I was overwhelmed with emotion. Before being offered my home, I was living in the HARP homeless shelter.  Estuary have provided me with a secure place to live, somewhere my kids can visit and a place I can call home. As soon as I moved in, I was referred for employment support. They helped me to create a CV, complete application forms, provide access to computers and even brought me interview clothes. I am really grateful to Estuary for providing me a home and all the support Cherish and Jake provided. They have given me a new-found pride in my life, and I can now buy gifts for my children.” Alan R, Resident, Southend-on-Sea.  See Alan’s video here

Judges’ verdict: Impressed with the excellent service being offered by Estuary to support vulnerable people and the great feed-back provided from end users.

“This is fantastic news, winning not one, but two awards.  I am so proud of our staff and the work we do; making a difference and changing lives for the better.  Well done” Ian Martin, Chief Executive #proud #1esuary