3 July 2020
A picture of Triple award nomination for Sanctuary Supported Living

Sanctuary Supported Living has received nominations for three prestigious awards celebrating the unsung heroes of housing.

The national supported housing provider has been shortlisted in three categories in the Housing Heroes Awards 2020.

Culvery Court, a specialist homelessness supported housing service in Swindon, is up for the customer experience award, while Jake Thorpe, a former rough sleeper from Colchester, has been shortlisted for tenant innovator of the year.

Sanctuary Supported Living’s Operations Director, Sara Keetley, is also celebrating after being nominated for the inspirational leader of the year award.

She said: “For Sanctuary Supported Living to have been shortlisted in three categories is an amazing achievement and I am so proud of everyone involved.

“So much effort goes into providing our services and making sure some of the most vulnerable people in society have the support they need at all times.”

Culvery Court provides accommodation and support for men who are dealing with homelessness and since Sanctuary Supported Living became the registered provider in October 2018, 10 people have been successfully found new accommodation in the town.

The final phase of a £250,000 refurbishment programme is also ongoing at the service to ensure facilities are the best they can be for residents.

Jake Thorpe has been a resident of Sanctuary Supported Living at Queen Elizabeth Way, part of Colchester Homelessness Supported Housing, since January 2019.

Having spent 16 years living on the streets, he arrived at the service with a prolific offending record, drug addiction and with concerns around domestic abuse. But with intensive support staff worked with Jake to set up a bank account and a Universal Credit claim.

Jake now takes it upon himself to look out for other residents, encouraging them to attend important interviews and medical appointments.

Sarah Cole, Sanctuary Supported Living’s local service manager for Colchester, commented: “The main way that I think Jake has inspired the team is by confirming to us that you should never judge a book by its cover, and that we should always challenge an individual’s reputation, never judging someone by the opinion of others.”

Sara Keetley is a strong advocate of supported housing services and under her guidance five Sanctuary Supported Living services have been rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission since November 2018.

Also a registered social worker, under her leadership Sanctuary Supported Living achieved Investors in People Gold accreditation in December 2019.

The awards take place in September.