Inspiring projects shortlisted for Clarion Housing Group’s William Sutton Prize
13 projects shortlisted from more than 100 applications for The William Sutton Prize.
Thirteen projects have been shortlisted for The William Sutton Prize in its second year after more than 100 applications were received over the summer.
Seven projects will compete for The William Sutton Prize for Social Innovation*, with the shortlist including projects focusing on issues such as homelessness, supporting refugees and asylum seekers and youth mentoring.
A further six projects are shortlisted for The William Sutton Prize for Placemaking and Affordable Housing Design** focusing on themes such as intergenerational living, urban commons and accessible and inclusive design.
Ideas to benefit social housing residents and communities
The winners in both categories will be announced at an awards ceremony on 20 November.
The William Sutton Prize was developed by Clarion Housing Group to celebrate William Sutton’s legacy as a 19th century innovator and philanthropist who bequeathed his fortune to improve the quality of social housing.
It encourages individuals and organisations to present a new concept, service or idea that will benefit social housing residents and communities, with a prize fund of up to £20,000 on offer to help develop the idea and maximise its impact. The funding is provided by Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group.
“At Clarion we’re passionate about investing in communities and identifying innovative solutions to issues facing society and that’s what The William Sutton Prize is all about.”
Clare Miller, chief executive of Clarion Housing Group
The winning entries will be determined by a panel led by Clare Miller, group chief executive of Clarion, and including Peter Holbrook CBE, CEO of Social Enterprise UK.
Clare Miller, chief executive of Clarion Housing Group, commented:
“At Clarion we’re passionate about investing in communities and identifying innovative solutions to issues facing society and that’s what The William Sutton Prize is all about."
“It’s great to have seen an increase in applications in the second year – my fellow judges and I have a difficult job on our hands to choose our winners with so many inspirational projects on the shortlist.”
Peter Holbrook CBE, CEO of Social Enterprise UK, said:
“It’s great to see so many social enterprises on the shortlist. It goes to show how this model of businesses is offering a sustainable way to address the issues affecting local people, providing solutions for communities by communities.”