An SHP client has won an award celebrating the outstanding achievements of women in recovery.

Winnie, a resident of a SHP hostel in Camden, won the Camden Adult Pathway Award’s ‘Beverley Award’, which recognises a woman who has made exceptional progress in her recovery journey.

Winnie has been living in SHP’s hostel for two years, after being made homeless and experiencing domestic violence. She has made significant strides towards independence – including cutting down her drinking and focusing on improving her physical health.  She now hopes to move into independent accommodation.

Focusing on putting my recovery first

Winnie said: “I’m so pleased to have won this award, as over the past two years I have been focusing on putting my recovery first. I hope that the next steps for me will be to get a place of my very own that I can call home.”

Sumby Nawaz, SHP’s Complex Needs Worker who works closely with Winnie, said: “I’m delighted that Winnie’s recovery has been recognised through this reward. Winnie is always bubbly, and has been working hard to proactively address her substance use and health issues – she often takes part in house activities, and is a familiar face on Camden High Street as she goes about her business on her scooter!”

Supporting residents to access activities and programmes

Two more SHP hostel residents, Paul and Shaun, were also finalists at the awards - Paul was recognised for his achievements as a peer mentor, and Shaun for making a positive change. 

Last year, SHP gave 159 people with substance use issue a safe place to live and 1-1 support in their recovery journey.  As well as providing a bed and a roof over someone’s head, the services also support residents to access activities and programmes that provide safe, flexible and inclusive ways for people to nurture their personal wellbeing and development, breaking down stigma and isolation and supporting recovery through involvement in learning.

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