Veterans service wins housing award

A social landlord has won an award for its housing and support service which helps homeless veterans.

Riverside ECHG was named specialist landlord of the year at the UK Housing Awards for its Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex-Services (Spaces).

Spaces, based at Catterick in North Yorkshire, helps find suitable housing for vulnerable ex-servicemen and women who are at risk of homelessness.

Riverside ECHG has supported more than 10,500 veterans since joining forces with the Ministry of Defence 13 years ago.

Spaces now provides the foundation of a national network of support run by Riverside.

The service is run by Riverside manager Trevor Morris, himself an ex-serviceman.

Mr Morris said: “Prior to Spaces when I first started working in the homelessness sector I could see that there were a lot of veterans in the mainstream hostels I worked in and I knew that these guys needed targeted support.

“Through the MoD’s Joint Services Housing Advice Office head at the time, a forward-thinking man called Bob Cribb, we found someone who shared our views and that led to the instigation of Spaces. Needless to say I am delighted that our work and partnership has been nationally recognised.”