Newham charity nominated for prestigious housing award

Beverley Lewis House provides a haven for women with learning disabilities who have been subjected t

Beverley Lewis House provides a haven for women with learning disabilities who have been subjected to violence - Credit: East Thames shelter accommodation

A women’s refuge in Newham has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of its social housing.

Beverley Lewis House support workers Jane Kangethe, Michelle McGovern and Shanta Sultana

Beverley Lewis House support workers Jane Kangethe, Michelle McGovern and Shanta Sultana - Credit: East Thames Beverley Lewis House staff

East Thames’ Beverley Lewis House is nominated in the outstanding approach to meeting specialist housing needs category at the UK Housing Awards.

The awards recognise the ingenuity, creativity, passion and results of UK social housing organisations and are organised by property magazine Inside Housing in association with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

Charlie Culshaw, care and support director at the charity said: “We’re so pleased that Beverley Lewis House has been shortlisted for the UK Housing Awards, which are the most respected in the sector.

“The refuge offers a unique service in the UK that focuses on the needs of a particularly vulnerable group, and provides personalised support to enable women who have experienced domestic violence to transform their lives.”

Beverley Lewis House is currently the only refuge in the UK that offers specialist support to women with learning disabilities and also supports those with mental health problems, sensory or physical disabilities.

The purpose-built house offers a refuge for women fleeing violence and who are trying to overcome abuse and rebuild their lives.

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It has six self-contained two bedroom flats, two of which are wheelchair accessible on the ground floor, enabling women to maintain their privacy and independence.

Residents are enpowered to make decisions about the day-to-day running of their home, while simultaneously attending life skills workshops and art therapy sessions to help them work through their emotional trauma.

Disabled women are twice as likely to suffer violence at the hands of their partner than non-disabled women and those with learning disabilities are more likely to experience gender violence than other disabled people.

Beverley Lewis House previously won a Women in Housing Award last October for Best Community Project to Rebuild Women’s Lives.

The UK Housing Awards will be presented by comedian Rory Bremner at the Lancaster London Hotel on Tuesday, April 26.

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