Newham women’s refuge wins national UK housing award

PUBLISHED: 19:00 27 April 2016

Comedian Rory Bremner and the award winners from Beverley Lewis House at the UK Housing Award 2016

Comedian Rory Bremner and the award winners from Beverley Lewis House at the UK Housing Award 2016

East Thames

Judges were “unanimous” in their decision to present a Newham women’s refuge a top prize at a UK Housing awards ceremony.

Beverley Lewis House scooped an award for the specialist housing support it provides for women with learning disabilities who are fleeing domestic violence.

The refuge, which is run by East Thames housing association, was honoured in an event hosted by comedian Rory Bremner at the Lancaster London Hotel last night.

Kirsty Munn, who runs the scheme at East Thames, said: “We’re exceptionally proud of the positive outcomes for vulnerable women we’ve achieved at Beverley Lewis House.

“It was great to have the recognition that we’re leaders in our field and that our approach has the potential to be replicated elsewhere. This would mean that even more women in need would receive this vital, specialist support.”

Beverley Lewis House currently the only UK refuge available to women with learning disabilities, who may also have other special needs including mental health problems, sensory or physical disabilities.]

The UK Housing 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 East Thames said: “We’re so pleased that Beverley Lewis House has won a UK Housing Award – the most respected awards 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.

“Every resident of Beverley Lewis House has moved on to independent living in a safe environment, so the scheme really demonstrates what is possible with a personalised approach to specialist housing needs.”

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