25th November 2015

St Petrock’s won a prestigious Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Award for its effective and innovative ways of working with some of the hardest to reach people, at the CSJ 2015 Awards event held in Westminster, last night. See the CSJ film of our work which was shown at the Awards –

The Centre of Social Justice, a Westminster think tank which advises Government on policy regarding a variety of entrenched social issues, holds an annual awards event to provide an opportunity for grassroots charities around the country to showcase their work and impact to a high profile audience and a chance to receive £10,000 prize money. St Petrock’s, one of 8 charities to win an award this year, was sponsored to attend the Awards event by The Porters’ Trust.

Speaking after receiving the CSJ Award, Mel Hartley, project manager of St Petrock’s, said, “ We’re delighted to win this award from the Centre for Social Justice, it means a great deal to us and it’s important for St Petrock’s, as a small local charity and for our frontline staff, to be recognised in this way. We are also very grateful to the CSJ and our sponsor, The Porters’ Trust, for making this evening possible.

“The prize money will certainly help us to continue to provide decent and affordable housing for rough sleepers and will help us to tackle the inequalities and injustices in our local community.

“Now more than ever, we believe that small charities have an important and unique role to play in being flexible, identifying gaps in service provision and providing creative solutions to difficult problems.”

In the last 12 months, St Petrock’s has assisted 1,666 people through its services and supported 913 individuals into accommodation. Over 83% of people accommodated and supported by its Private Rented Service have maintained tenancies for over 6 months.

A spokesperson from the CSJ noted, “The recipients of these awards too often go unnoticed, despite their remarkable work and the perseverance of the individuals involved. It is crucial that the unique voice of this sector is heard in Westminster and that their work is supported more broadly