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Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2019 – good luck to the finalists

by Claire Harrison | 4 June 2019

This year we are once again proud to be sponsoring the Not-for-Profit Organisation Category at the 2019 Derby Telegraph Business Awards. As ever, the standard of entries within this category was impressive and it was very difficult for myself, and the Derby team, to pick just three finalists.

After careful consideration, and much deliberation, we decided to shortlist three worthwhile organisations – Derventio Housing Trust, Treetops Hospice Care and Headway Derby.

With the Awards fast approaching, we took the opportunity to find out a little bit more about our chosen three and ask what being shortlisted means to them.

Derventio Housing Trust

Derventio Housing Trust is a Derby-based registered social landlord, providing accommodation and support to people facing homelessness and other challenges. Derventio offers safe and secure accommodation to help service users to develop independent living skills, keep their home and ultimately reduce the risk of them facing homelessness again. Derventio Housing Trust also provides specialist support, employability and health services to empower people to make positive changes and take control of their lives.

Jackie Carpenter, Assistant Director Strategy said:

“Sadly, homelessness continues to be a big issue in our community. We’ve grown from our small beginnings over 16 years ago, to helping more than a thousand people every year in a dozen council areas. Our services support people to gain the confidence and skills not just so they can live in safe, secure housing, but also to achieve their goals and live the life they want to. It really means a lot to us to be recognised by the Derby Telegraph Business Awards, and we are honoured to be finalists alongside Headway Derby and Treetops Hospice Care.”

Treetops Hospice Care

Treetops Hospice Care was founded in 1983 to provide vital support to those and their loved ones facing the challenges of life-limiting illness. Today, Treetops is widely respected for the quality and breadth of the professional services it provides to hundreds of people across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The staff at Treetops Hospice Care deliver the highest quality care through provision of support and Information, Wellbeing Services, Hospice at Home and Counselling and Emotional Support (the latter being available to children).

Around £3.7 million a year (£10k a day) is needed to provide the range of services Treetops offers; 70% of this they need to raise themselves.

Julie Heath, CEO at Treetops Hospice had this to say:

“We at Treetops Hospice Care are very proud to have been nominated in the Not-for-Profit Category and would like to express our thanks to the judges. We have ambitious plans for the future and aim to build a 12-bedded In-Patient Unit set within our beautiful 12 acre site at Risley. This will enable us to create better choices in end-of-life care for our communities as, currently, there are no independent hospice beds available in the South of the counties. We have launched our Lime Tree Campaign with the target of raising £5 million to enable our vision to become a reality. Thanks to the generosity of the local community and our sterling volunteers, we can offer 100 places in our Wellbeing service each week and run our Hospice at Home nursing service, which delivers over 40,000 hours of care every year – adding up to 4,000 good night’s sleep for relatives and carers.

“We are delighted and honoured to have been shortlisted for an award in this category. It is wonderful to receive the recognition for our work and also to acknowledge the tremendous contribution made by our 750 volunteers. We are hoping that the publicity that we receive from our nomination will improve the public’s awareness of our services and of the difference that we make to people’s lives. We are here for our community at their time of greatest need.”

Headway Derby

Headway Derby is a small registered charity that supports some of the most incredible survivors of brain injury and their loved ones across the Derby, South Derbyshire and East Staffordshire regions. They have come a long way from their small beginnings in a back room at the Midland Hotel on Sunday afternoons. In 2019 Headway Derby are proud to be celebrating 25 years of supporting brain injured people and their loved ones. In that time, Headway Derby has had to adapt and change many times in order to stay afloat, this has included seven different premises but the staff and volunteers are an incredibly devoted and loyal bunch, with some volunteers being around for the whole 25 years.  

Headway Derby is the only brain injury specialist not-for-profit company in the area offering affordable and free acquired brain injury recovery services that are therapeutic, developmental and peer led. Brain injured people are referred to them as part of their rehabilitation pathway at any point in their journey and their approach is entirely asset based, with brain injured people being supported to focus on the things they can and want to do; this includes taking part in the AIM accredited training programme 'Rediscovering My Brain'.

Rebecca Manship, Operations and Development Manager, said:

“We are very grateful and humbled to be finalists at this year’s Derby Telegraph Business Awards. It’s an enormous honour to have been selected in this, our 25th Anniversary year. The not for profit sector does a phenomenal job in supporting people across this region so we're delighted that this is recognised at the Derby Telegraph Business Awards in such a special way; and we're truly grateful to everyone at Sellick Partnership for sponsoring the award. We are proud to be representing this sector and indeed those people we support each week at the Headway Derby Brain Injury Hub."

If you would like more information about the Derby Telegraph Business Awards, you can visit their website, which has details on the categories and how to get involved in 2020.

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