Ipswich Locality Homelessness Partnership given £8,000 boost

Presentation by the Suffolk Community Foundation of an �8,000 Working Together Award to The Ipswich

Presentation by the Suffolk Community Foundation of an �8,000 Working Together Award to The Ipswich Locality Homelessness Partnership. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Forty organisations working towards one goal - to transform the lives of people sleeping rough in Ipswich.

Ipswich Locality Homelessness Partnership (ILHP) has been awarded £8,000 by Suffolk Community Foundation and Suffolk County Council as part of the Working Together Award.

The accolade recognises what ILHP has achieved in the last few years by working together to coordinate and improve services for people who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless, in Ipswich.

Halford Hewitt, chairman of the ILHP steering group, said: “The organisations in ILHP have put aside their organisational needs to better address the needs of single homeless people; it is an obvious thing to do but extremely hard in practice to deliver when so many organisations are under dire financial threat.

“They all need to be congratulated and we are so delighted that the Suffolk Foundation and Suffolk County Council have recognised our work with this fantastic award and £8,000.”

The award was formally presented to representatives of ILHP yesterday at the Chapmen Centre, a day advice service and “homelessness hub”, by Suffolk county councillor Jane Storey.

Ms Storey said: “There were some very strong applications, I was delighted to be on the panel and help to recognise those groups who have built stronger communities and partnerships; an excellent programme.”

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ILHP was formed in 2011 in a bid to rid the town of homelessness and in turn better the lives of those sleeping rough.

The Working Together Community Fund is an awards programme open to Suffolk’s voluntary and community organisations. Funded by Suffolk County Council, the programme is managed by Suffolk Community Foundation with the objective of recognising outstanding service delivery or community activity as a result of collaborative working.