Award for Bath service that helps people live in own home
A service which helps people to live independently in their own home in the Bath area has won a regional award.
Social landlord Curo's Independent Living Service (ILS), which helps nearly 500 people aged between 23 and 103, won the overall prize at the National Housing Federation's South West Community Impact Awards.
The ILS, commissioned by Bath and North East Somerset Council, now goes forward to the national awards.
These will be judged in January.
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The services include 24-hour alarms, daily well-being calls, and emotional support for people who are depressed or anxious, along with help with benefits, accessing health and memory assessments and arranging repairs and adaptations.
Although the service is run by Curo, the new name for Somer Housing Group, it is available to anyone fitting certain criteria in B&NES, including home owners, and people renting privately.
Norma Jenkins, who lives in Keynsham, was one of the ILS's first customers and collected the award in person at the presentation ceremony.
She said: "The service is like an answer to a prayer.
"I have no worries and my daughter has no worries. It's the best thing that's ever happened to me."
Harriet Bosnell, head of care and support at Curo, said: "Feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive and making a difference for people like Norma is what we believe in at Curo."