HOPE Housing Hero Finalist

Dundee HOPE Project Short Listed for Housing Heroes Award

Date Posted: 12th of April 2018

Dundee’s HOPE Project (Helping Older People Engage) has been short listed in the National Housing Hero Awards in the Support and Care Team of the Year Category.

The HOPE (Helping Older People Engage) Project is a free service for people living in Dundee who are aged over 55. The project, funded by Dundee City Council, aims to remodel support to older people in the city and is a coalition between Hillcrest and Caledonia Housing Associations ensuring a citywide approach is taken.

The two key HOPE workers, Maureen & Dawn, have built a reputation for providing a fantastic community support and engagement service to the over 55s giving practical advice and guidance on a range of support options including safety & adaptations for the home, housing options, benefit and financial support services and options and health support.

In the last 6 months Dawn & Maureen have supported 170 people with over 270 outcomes achieved across a range of issues for people in Dundee. Fantastic results and exactly why they are worthy nominees for a Housing Hero Award.

Julie Cosgrove, Caledonia’s Chief Executive commented “I have been very impressed by the work that the project undertakes and the positive impact that it can have on those who receive the services. It is an excellent tribute that the project has been recognised nationally and shortlisted for the award.”

Fiona Morrison, Hillcrest deputy chief executive said “Social isolation is an increasing issue in Dundee so we’re delighted with the work the HOPE project has done over the last 3 years to tackle this. We’re seeing meaningful results and changes to people’s lives which is testament to the commitment of Maureen and Dawn. Everyone at Hillcrest is proud that the project has been shortlisted for these prestigious awards and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed on the night of the ceremony.”

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