Domestic abuse project shortlisted for national award

Bath-based housing and support organisation Curo has been shortlisted for the UK Housing Awards 2015 for their work tackling domestic abuse.

The awards, which recognise outstanding work by housing organisations to improve the lives of people in their communities, are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Inside Housing magazine.

Curo has been shortlisted for its approach to preventing domestic abuse having developed, in partnership with family support charity Southside, a theatre-based training programme designed to help front-line colleagues spot the warning signs of domestic abuse and know where to go for help.

Curo is now one of six left in the running for the Keeping Communities Safe category.

Andrew Snee, Head of Tenancy Solutions at Curo, said:

“We’ve received fantastic feedback from people who have been on the Missed Opportunity training, and we’re really proud that this innovative work is now being recognised nationally.”

Now in their 19th year, this year’s awards attracted more than 250 entries from all over the UK.

The winners will be revealed at a ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel on 21 April and award winning, writer, actress, TV presenter and comedian Sandi Toksvig will present the awards. The awards are sponsored by Campbell Tickell, Capsticks, CHAS, Higgins, The Housing Contact, ISOS, Locality Solutions and NHBC

CIH interim chief executive Gavin Smart said:

“The UK Housing Awards recognise the great work being done by housing professionals and organisations across the industry, but they also push us all to do better as a sector. We hope the achievements of our finalists will inspire others as they aim to provide the best possible services for residents and communities.

“Congratulations to all of the organisations that have been shortlisted, and best of luck for the ceremony – win or lose your work will help inspire us all to improve.”

Emma Maier, editor of Inside Housing, said:

“The quality of the entries rose again this year so even to get this far is an amazing achievement. In the face of some really stiff competition, Curo has shown it is performing at the highest level – well done!”