Homeless Link Excellence Awards 2020 - 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 Awards period has been extended due to Covid-10. They opened at 9am on Monday 3 February and will close at 10am on Monday 5 October. All official entries must be received by Homeless Link during this period.

This Contest is open to any organisation which is a 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.

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 six 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 six top-scoring entries in each category, these individuals will select the winner and two commended entries for each of the six categories. Decisions of the screening panel and the Judging Panel are final and binding on all parties.

The winner of each award category will have their service filmed. This short film will then be able to be shared on social media, with funders and strategic partners to showcase their award winning work. They will also receive a trophy and a certificate. The commended entries will receive a certificate. The date of the awards evening when the winners will be announced will be confirmed as soon as is possible. A Prize may not be substituted or transferred.

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Kate Alaway

Kate Alaway

Head of member services

Kate is our head of member services managing the team who work directly with our members across England.

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