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Awards recognition for Town's Staying Put Agency

An agency that helps people across Middlesbrough maintain their independence has gained national recognition.

The town’s Staying Put Agency supports older people, the vulnerable and those with disabilities, and those who are vulnerable, to be independent, warm and safe in their own homes.

And at this year’s national Home Improvement Agency Awards held at the House of Lords at the Agency received prestigious commendations in Adaptations Handyperson Service of the Year categories.

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

Staying Put was commended for its collaboration and partnership working, as well as its innovative approach to minor and major adaptations.

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.”

Jonathan Gouder, Team Leader at the Staying Put Agency, said: “It was a great honour to be nominated for two awards.

“The team has worked incredibly hard supporting people to remain independent in their own homes.”

Foundations Director Paul Smith 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.”

Councillor Julia Rostron, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “Staying Put makes a real difference to a great many people and their families across Middlesbrough.

“By enabling them to maintain their independence for longer, their quality of life is improved and that has far-reaching benefits for the wider community.

“These awards are thoroughly deserved recognition of this important work – many congratulations to all involved for their professionalism and commitment.”