Homeless Link Excellence Awards 2018 - terms and conditions

Celebrating the best of the homelessness and supported housing sectors.

Overview of the awards

Award terms and conditions

Binding Agreement
By participating in the Awards, each “Entrant” fully and unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Award terms and conditions and to accept all decisions of the Sponsor, which shall be final and legally binding

Award period
The Award opens at 9am on Monday 12 February and ends at 5pm on Friday 4 May. All official entries must be received by Homeless Link during this period.

Eligibility
This Contest is open to any organisation which is a full member of Homeless Link.
There isn’t a limit on the number of categories that one organisation can enter.

How to Enter
To enter, an organisation must complete the online Entry Form. You may also include a supporting document.

By entering the Awards, the Entrant agrees to take part in communications about the awards, which include email, phone calls, and other methods deemed appropriate by Homeless Link.

Homeless Link is not responsible for late, lost, illegible or incomplete entries, and all such entries shall be deemed void and be disqualified by the Judging Committee.

Judging Criteria
Entries will be judged based on these criteria:

  • Evidence of impact
    Demonstrating the quantifiable social difference that your project or service makes in tackling or preventing homelessness and how this information is being used to refine your offer.
  • Efficient use of resources
    Demonstrating excellent value for money, where resources are carefully managed and not wasted.
  • Sustainability
    Demonstrating a longer-term business plan that is driving the organisation’s vision and mission forward and creating financial stability for the project or service.
  • Following a strengths based approach
    Demonstrating that the individuals accessing your services are at the centre of what you do and are not only valued for their strengths, skills, and assets but are given real opportunities to use them.
  • Replicability
    Demonstrating how the learning from your project or service could be used by others to help prevent or tackle homelessness.
  • Inclusivity
    Demonstrating that the voices and views of individuals with lived experience of homelessness are genuinely involved in the design of the policies and services that support them.
  • Creativity and flexibility
    Demonstrating that your project or service is responsive to changing requirements, policies or developments in practice to ensure that it remains as effective and efficient as possible.

Winner Selection
Judging of entries will occur in two stages. A panel of Homeless Link staff will initially score each entry based on the judging criteria. Organisations entering in more than one category will be scored separately for each category. This panel will refer the five top-scoring entries in each category to the Judging Panel for their consideration. The Judging Panel will be composed of 5 individuals. After reviewing the submissions of the five top-scoring entries in each category, these individuals will select the winner, runner-up and 3rd placed entry for each of the six categories. Decisions of the screening panel and the Judging Panel are final and binding on all parties.

Prizes
The winner of each award category will receive a prize fund of £500, a trophy and a certificate. The runner up and third placed entries will each receive a certificate. Winners will be announced at Homeless Link’s Annual Conference on the 3 July. A Prize may not be substituted or transferred.

Entering the awards does not entitle the organisation to a free place at our Annual Conference.

Talk To Us

Kate Alaway

Conference and events manager

Kate manages our national programme of events that address the latest topics of interest in the homelessness sector. The events include our annual conference, one-day conferences, parliamentary reception and our rolling programme of webinars.

Telephone: 020 7840 4461
Email: kate.alaway@homelesslink.org.uk
Twitter: @ConferenceKate