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Lincolnshire Home Independence Agency scoops national housing awards

21st September 2017 - 0 Comments

Lincolnshire Home Independence Agency (LHIA) has won two awards at this year’s national Home Improvement Agency and Handyperson Service Awards held at the House of Lords.  The charity was winner of the Collaboration Award and also Highly Commended in the category HIA Service of the Year.

The annual Home Improvement Agency Awards, organised by Foundations, celebrate the work of 170 social-value driven organisations throughout England that provide property adaptations and other services designed to help disabled and older people live independently in their own homes.

The awards presented to LHIA recognise its work as a founder member of Lincs Independent Living Partnership (LILP).  LILP is now considered nationally an exemplar for collaborative working, bringing together a range of organisations to provide commissioners with an integrated county wide Wellbeing Service which helps to keep people safe and well and out of hospital.

Mick King, Agency Director at LHIA, commented: “I’m thrilled that, once again, our work has received national acclaim.  The awards represent yet another endorsement of the value of local, third-sector collaboration in delivering cost-effective services which really do transform people’s lives.”

Winners and shortlisted organisations were joined by representatives from the Department for Communities and Local Government, Department of Health and leading charities including HACT, National Energy Action, Independent Age and Age UK at a ceremony in the House of Lords to celebrate their achievements.

Awards host Lord Best said: “Once again, these awards demonstrate the innovative work being undertaken by home improvement agencies across the country.  “They are playing a crucial role in enabling people to live safely in their own homes and in the process are helping to relieve the pressure on health and social care services.”

Paul Smith, director of Foundations, the national body for home improvement agencies, said: “What is particularly inspiring is the way in which HIAs have sought to develop robust and sustainable services to meet local health and care priorities, innovating and collaborating with others to deliver tangible outcomes for their customers.”

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HIA of the Year: Karen Owens, Pro Care (left) presents award to Mick King, Eric Moss-Wright, Beth Huntley and Steve Penford at Lincolnshire Home Independence Agency

Collaboration Award: Zafar Mahmood, Whale (left) presents award to Mick King, Eric Moss-Wright, Beth Huntley and Steve Penford at Lincolnshire Home Independence Agency

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2017 - We won the Collaboration Award and were Highly Commended for HIA Service of the Year by Foundations, the national body for home improvement agency and handyperson services.

2016 - We won the Health, Housing & Care – Innovative Partnerships Award at the CIH Midlands Awards.

2015 - We were presented with the ‘Better Together’ award for integrated service delivery by Foundations, the national body for home improvement agency and handyperson services.
We were a finalist for the Collaboration (Integration) Award in the 3rd Sector Care Awards.

2014 - We were commended as ‘Home Improvement Agency (HIA) Service of the Year’ by Foundations. We were appointed Lead Member for LILP when it was awarded the contract for the new Lincolnshire Wellbeing Service, which commenced on 1st April.

2013 - We became a founding member of Lincs Independent Living Partnership (LILP), now attracting national acclaim. We received straight passes in all eight of our new national Quality Mark Validated Assessment ratings, and four A and one B ratings in the new, advanced Approved HIA Assessment, becoming the country’s first ‘Approved’ HIA. We were also commended for ‘Excellence in Providing Adaptations’ by Foundations.

2012 - We were delighted when The Rt Rev Christopher Lowson, Lord Bishop of Lincoln, agreed to be our President, in recognition of the essential support we give to vulnerable people in Lincolnshire.

2009 - We were honoured to gain two Foundations’ awards for ‘Excellence in Providing Support & Advice’ and ‘Joint Agency of the Year’.