Homeless charity 'Lift' has won the 2012 Andy Ludlow Homelessness Prize for the Best Use of Volunteers. The charity involves homeless people who provide support for peers with substance issues.
The charity's B-3 (Be Heard, Be Motivated, Be Free) and B-Safe (Brent Social Access for Everyone) projects won the prize.
Formed as a response to a lack of after hours support, the service, which is entirely run by volunteers, provides a safe space to get food, advice and friendship.
The prize money will be used to extend the service hours and to strengthen B-3’s volunteer training programme.
The Best Use of Volunteering Prize is part of the Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards, which recognise innovative work to tackle homelessness in London.
The overall winners of the awards, sharing a prize fund of £55,000 will be announced on 18 October at a ceremony in Speaker’s House.
The awards are sponsored by the London Housing Foundation, the 33 London councils and Shelter, and run by London Councils, the lobbying organisation for London’s 33 local authorities.
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