Manchester Care & Repair named Home Improvement Agency of the Year 2021!

National Healthy Housing Awards 2021 – winners revealed

The achievements of council teams, charities and inspirational frontline staff in supporting independent living have been celebrated at the National Healthy Housing Awards.

This year’s awards highlight how those working to ensure homes are safe and accessible have been at the forefront of supporting vulnerable people through the pandemic.

Organised by Foundations, the Government-funded national body for home improvement agencies (HIAs), the awards – now in their second year – honour pioneering organisations and individuals who support people with disabilities and long-term conditions to live safely at home.

Judges assessed entries from all over England across eleven categories.
This year’s awards are sponsored by wet room and adapted bathroom specialist PROCare and presented at a ceremony held at the National Football Museum in Manchester.

Having been runner up in 2020, Manchester Care & Repair went one better this year by taking the title of Home Improvement Agency of the Year.

It picks up activities from health commissioners where these fit with its wider ethos such as the delivery of oximetry equipment during the pandemic. It is growing its trading activities and has succeeded in its bid to support discharge from hospital for people experiencing mental ill health. It is also using its reserves to provide some home comforts.

Paul Smith, director of Foundations, said: “From running hospital discharge services to carrying out vital adaptations, this year’s winners highlight the way in which organisations continue to innovate and strive for improvement in partnership with colleagues across health, housing and social care. But what is also striking is the way in which they have proved themselves ideally equipped to help shield some of the most vulnerable people in society from the effects of the pandemic.”

The National Healthy Housing Awards build on the success of the annual HIA Awards, which were organised by Foundations from 2001 to 2018. The new awards, launched in 2019, continue to champion the work of home improvement agencies but also celebrate a wider range of individuals and organisations across England that enable people to live independent lives.

For a full list of award winners please visit the Foundations website.

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