The Calico social housing group of Burnley has won a major national award for its safe house for victims of domestic abuse with additional complex needs.
The company was judged to be top in this year’s category for ‘outstanding approach to meeting specialist housing needs (under 5,000 homes)’ in the UK Housing Awards run by the Chartered Institute of Housing and sector journal Inside Housing.
Calico Homes and the group’s specialist SafeNet domestic abuse service set up 15-flat Jane’s Place in memory of Jane Clough who was stabbed to death by her ex-partner outside Blackpool Victoria Hospital as she arrived at work in 2010.
The awards’ judges said: “SafeNet had a really clear sense of purpose, driven by not wanting to turn away the most vulnerable women. They tackled a problem which looked insoluble and found a solution.”