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Winners of Salvation Army Work and Social Enterprise Award

30 June 2010

Following on from being named “UK Furniture ReUse Organisation of the year 2009” by the UK Furniture ReUse Network, Perth Salvation Army’s “4020” Furniture Re-Use Project has now received further recognition from The Salvation Army’s UK Territory.

At its annual Social Services Awards ceremony held at the Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire, the stars of Salvation Army social services work, who go the extra mile to help homeless and older people, were given the spotlight by the church and charity organisation.

Normally unsung champions in homelessness services and older people’s services received awards from The Salvation Army’s Territorial Commander Commissioner John Matear, in a ceremony at the church and charity’s annual social services conference, compered by Lieut-Colonel Ian Barr (Secretary for programme) and Major Ray Irving (Director of social services).

Winners from across the UK and Ireland were cheered on by an audience of over 300 social service directors, centre managers, project workers, and service users.

Lieut-Colonel Ian Barr said: “This evening is about rewarding excellence and innovation in centres and to thank staff for the gifts, skills and generosity of spirit and faith they bring to working with people during difficult times.”

The flagship Perth “4020” Furniture ReUse Project scooped the top award in the Work and Social Enterprise Category, improving on its runner up status the previous year. Project Manager, Daniel Rous, said “the recognition from the Furniture Re-Use Network was great, and celebrated the practical work we undertake. This award from The Salvation Army celebrates why we do it. We are not just about stopping furniture from going to landfill, but about helping people have a better quality of life by having decent furnishings around them. Furniture is only half the story of our work.”

Judged by an independent panel of experts in the older people and homeless sector, 97 Salvation Army homeless services (that include 83 LifeHouses), 17 care homes and three day care centres for older people, and more than 1,000 staff in the UK and Republic of Ireland were eligible for nomination by Salvation Army employees, service users, and by independent local community groups in 16 award categories.

The Salvation Army's UK Territorial Commander, Commissioner John Matear, presents the award to Project Manager Daniel lRous

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