Sheffield homelessness project nominated for best UK Social Enterprise award

Posted by: Ashley Birch
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Printed by Us has been shortlisted in the 2019 Homeless Link Awards

The social enterprise Printed by Us, that helps vulnerable people in Sheffield learn new skills through print workshops, has been nominated for best UK Social Enterprise at the Homeless Link Awards.


"We're really excited as a team,” says marketing assistant Daniela Orrego:  “We've worked really hard for the last couple of months and it's great to be recognised at a national level. PBU is really making a change in people's lives"


The national recognitions comes in response to the work the team have done in Sheffield over the last couple of years, giving homeless and vulnerable people experience in a field they may never have tried before.

From l - r: Amy Rotherham, James Creed and his wife Jo (and a third of their triplets!)


Operations manager James Creed said: "Being part of the Printed by Us team is so amazing. Seeing the difference in those people with us is very rewarding and recognition itself on the positive impact we're making in people's lives. But to be shortlisted for this award is an incredible honour and I am very proud"


The Homeless Link Awards showcases the ‘innovative and effective work’ that its members are doing around the country to support those experiencing homelessness, and has six awards categories including excellence in co-production, innovation in housing, excellence in supporting people, communicating for change, social enterprise of the year and promoting partnerships and collaborative working.


The Printed by Us project has been going for over two-years and operates as part of Just Works, which ‘aims to support people overcoming obstacles in their lives using a variety of techniques, tailored around individual needs’, and is part of the wider Archer Project that supports homeless and vulnerable people in Sheffield.


Amy at the recent McKee exhibition, where Printed by Us work was exhibited under the Department of Wealth and Privilege


James Creed said: “It came about a couple of years ago now. We realised that people who were coming through the project, who had got some stability, who had got benefits sorted and were off the street, didn’t have anywhere to go afterwards.”


Amy Rotherham, who also works in operations, added: “There is no support for them either. I’ve heard projects just expect people to go back into normal work, and normal schemes, and they’re expected to have no time off, and not be late. Their circumstances aren’t really taken into consideration.”


The awards dinner, where the winner and runner up will be announced, is on Tuesday 2 July at our annual conference, Under One Roof, in Hinckley.

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