Micro Rainbow shines at the inaugural awards

More than eighty applications of the inaugural Prize were received from across the country.

 

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It may not be a pot of gold, but £20k will do nicely for Micro Rainbow.

Just a year on from its start, providing safe housing for LGBTI asylum seekers, Micro Rainbow is a winner in the inaugural William Sutton awards launched by Clarion Housing Group, securing first prize: The Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation award.

The two awards on offer salute the generosity of William Sutton, a Victorian entrepreneur who left his entire estate to fund housing for London’s poorest.

Clarion Housing Group made the awards happen earlier this year, with the winners announced this week.

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Those shortlisted faced a panel of various members of Clarion Housing Group – with winning entries taking home £20k.

For Micro Rainbow, that adds colour to plans for expanding a ‘reach out’ to more homeless LGBTI refugees fearing violence.

At a time where there is growing concern for the future of the sustainability of villages, VeloCity’s “visionary work” secured the second prize for Excellence in Social Housing Design and Placemaking.

“We are very excited that Clarion is supporting our vision to develop new exemplar housing that will breathe new life into villages,” said VeloCity’s Sarah Featherstone.

“This comes at an important time when there is a growing concern for the future sustainability of our villages and an urgent need to create more diverse and healthy communities,” she said.

Clarion Housing Groups chief executive Clare Miller said: “Our winners are inspiring and innovative projects that have the potential to change thousands of lives.”

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