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Two members of the VOICES team have been awarded the ‘Emerald Literati Award’ for their recent contribution to an academic article.

Project Director, Andy Meakin, and Head of Service Delivery and Safeguarding, Bruno Ornelas, co-authored the article; ‘Increasing Access to Care Act 2014 assessments and personal budgets among people with experiences of homelessness and multiple exclusion: a theoretically informed case study’ with academics and other partners.

The award-winning article, described as outstanding, demonstrates the coming together of the local authority, third sector services, and other experts to further positive practice.

VOICES, led by Brighter Futures, is a service coordination supporting people with multiple needs. This helps other services to engage with them, provide the correct support and help the person achieve their goals.

On the award, VOICES Director Andy Meakin says: “I’m delighted that our article highlighting the potential impact of the Care Act for people experiencing multiple exclusion homelessness has been recognised by the Emerald Literati Awards 2019.

“We’re extremely grateful for the work and support of our academic colleagues Michelle Cornes, James Fuller, and Jill Manthorpe of Kings College London, and Karl Mason of the Royal Holloway University, as well as Bridget Bennett of Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

“The Care Act Tool Kit, we put together, supports the efforts of frontline staff with their advocacy for access to social care assessments. We’re pleased with the progress so far and continue to build on these results.”

Bruno Ornelas said, “I’m proud to have collaborated on this research with such a group of talented people.
“This piece goes into detail about how positive relationships between social workers and homelessness practitioners were formed by finding a ‘common language’ to the barriers faced by people with needs linked to homelessness and exclusion.

“Following the article, I’ve delivered workshops and talks on this topic and I’m always encouraged by the commitment of people to make the system work for those who need services the most. Irrespective of their background or professional allegiances. I’d encourage everyone to read this article.”

Each year, the Emerald Literati Awards celebrates the contributions and authors of research projects, and the full article can be found here: www.emerald.com/insight.

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