The Homeless Outreach & Support Team (HOST) is managed by Riverside Care & Support

Street Buddies nominated for award

The innovative Street Buddies scheme has been shortlisted in the prestigious Team London Awards 2017, run by Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Street Buddies in Westminster has been nominated in the Skills and Development category, recognising the positive impact the scheme makes to the community.

The team of eight will hear if they’ve won at an awards ceremony in City Hall on 6 November.

Louise Simonsen, Service Manager of Street Buddies, says: “We are all over the moon and can’t wait to attend the ceremony to find out if we’ve won! I’m really grateful and humbled for us to be nominated.

“I’m really proud of all my team. The volunteers give up their time for free and go out in all weathers to speak to rough sleepers. They do it to give something back, which also helps build their confidence and is part of their recovery.

“This is a massive boost to the team and it’s great to be recognised for all their hard work. Working with rough sleepers is a long process in order to build a relationship of trust with them.

“We helped someone who had slept rough for 25 years. Through support and consistently meeting with them over a long period of time, they finally made the transition into accommodation and they’ve been there eight months now.”