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Recovery Service commended in national awards

Recovery Service commended in national awards

Yesterday (Dec 10) evening saw the Homeless Link Excellence Awards ceremony take place (virtually) and Adullam Homes attended after being shortlisted for one of the national titles.

Our Cheshire Recovery Service (CRS) was one of the three finalists for the Excellence in Co-production Award, and we were represented at the event by Regional Manager Jennifer Morgan, CRS Senior Project Worker Helen Smith, CRS Tenancy Support Officer Christine Humphries, and two of the peers from Beech House where CRS is based.

Adullam was commended for its entry, and although not the winner, was enormously proud to have been shortlisted and be able to showcase some of its work.

In its blog about the event, Homeless Link said: “We shared some of the excellent practice taking place and spoke about Homeless Link’s work over the last year, which prioritised supporting our members through the pandemic, adapting our ways of working and delivering grants, projects and events we hadn’t originally planned for.

“The event audience also heard from several special guest speakers including Dame Helen Mirren and Kelly Tolhurst MP, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing.”

Adullam’s peers who attended said they enjoyed being part of the event, and Christine Humphries agreed, saying: “It was an enjoyable experience. I found it interesting when the statements were read out about what the other services provide.”

Coproduction is at the heart of the peer support that is central to the running of Adullam’s Cheshire Recovery Service, just as it is at the heart of all the work the Association does.

Mutual aid groups

At Beech House, not only do peers offer one-to-one support for residents seeking to maintain abstinence, but they also run mutual aid groups such as Narcotics Anonymous and Eating Disorders Anonymous, which are open to wider members of the public.

Peers sit on recruitment panels, set some of the assessment criteria and induct new residents. Policies are fully co-produced both in their creation and review. Recent examples include the substance use screening policy and the review of house rules.

One aspect of the project highlighted in the award entry was the relationship that has been created with East Cheshire Hospice.

During a resident review of the project, it was highlighted that there was unmet need for support around palliative and end of life care. As a result, links were built with East Cheshire Hospice, who ran a resident session about the service they provide and created a referral pathway for both staff and residents.

One of the residents worked incredibly closely with the service and today work undertaken by him, partner agencies and end of life care, is often referred to as an example of best practice in local palliative care and homelessness training and is replicated elsewhere.

Everyone at Adullam congratulates Cheshire Recovery Service on reaching the award finals, and for the great work they do. We also congratulate winner Shelter and fellow runner-up Greater Manchester Housing First.