Homelessness campaigner wins award

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A Ripley woman who helps the homeless in Amber Valley has scooped the title of Young Leader 2012 in a national competition run by 24 Housing magazine.

Sara Parkin, 30, is Housing Advice Manager at Futures Homescape, and was initially nominated for the award by colleagues.

In the last year Sara’s team has reduced the use of emergency bed and breakfast accommodation by 93 per cent and secured £12,000 of funding to deliver projects for people in supported housing.

Sara said: “I was so surprised to be nominated for the award, so to find out I’d won was just incredible. The achievement reflects the hard work of the whole team. By working together we have been able to make big steps forward in preventing homelessness in Amber Valley.” She will now become an ambassador for young leaders in housing, and also receives a training package as part of her prize.