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Streetwise Opera wins Andy Ludlow Awards

Streetwise Opera wins Andy Ludlow Awards

Streetwise Opera, a charity working to improve the lives of ’s homeless people through music, has won the 10th anniversary Andy Ludlow .

It collected the £10,000 top prize in the awards organised by London Councils. Representatives of the organisation received the award from Communities Minister Iain Wright MP at a ceremony held today at the Barbican.

The charity was established by former opera critic Matt Peacock partially in response to former minister for housing Sir George Young’s definition of the homeless as “people you step over when you leave the opera”.

Three runners-up received £5,000 each: Westminster Council’s Behavioural Therapies Action project, Thames Reach Shift Project, and Street League. The remaining shortlisted projects from Prisoners Abroad and Vision Housing were each commended, receiving £500 each.

Chair of the award judging panel and London Councils’ Executive Member for Housing, Councillor Jamie Carswell congratulated all the finalists for their innovation and hard work in combating homelessness.

The Andy Ludlow Awards recognise projects that improve services to homeless people, prevent homelessness, or tackle disadvantage caused by homelessness. London Councils housing directors established the awards in 1998 in memory of Andy Ludlow, former director of Housing and Social Services in the London Borough of Haringey.

The annual awards are open to registered social landlords, housing and social service departments, NHS trusts and voluntary organisations in London.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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