Fenland charity receives national award

Housing Heroes Awards, Manchester 2013. Cathy Hanson (CIH Head of Learning), Lauren Robinson (Ferry

Housing Heroes Awards, Manchester 2013. Cathy Hanson (CIH Head of Learning), Lauren Robinson (Ferry Support Officer), Moira Pollard (Ferry Support Manager), Naga Munchetty (BBC Presenter), Simon Leher (Luminus Communications & Customer Relations Manager) - Credit: Archant

A CHARITY which supports homeless adults in Fenland has won a major national award.

The Ferry Project, based at Octavia View, Wisbech, won the Housing Heroes 2013 Support/Care Team of the Year Award at an awards ceremony in Manchester.

The awards were organised by Inside Housing magazine and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Luminus Group chief executive Dr Chan Abraham said: “Our Ferry Project colleagues have won an outstanding achievement for the whole Luminus team.

“They have shown how, with commitment and perseverance, inspired people can accomplish powerful results for the benefit of others.

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“The award is a reflection of the heartfelt enthusiasm they demonstrate on a daily basis in seeking to meet the needs of clients often in very challenging situations and lifestyles.

“Well done Ferry Project. You and all our people are heroes!”

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The Ferry Project was founded in 1998 by members of Wisbech Churches Together and joined Luminus Group in March 2006.

Last year they provided more than 10,000 nights of accommodation to 332 people, with 165 of those engaging with training and work.

Ferry Project offers short and long term accommodation for single people, including those battling financial problems, coping with family breakdown and recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.

The charity also assists young people leaving the care system, the sexually abused, ex-offenders and those with nowhere else to go.

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