High Sheriff Awards to team members at No 5 Homeless Centre

Two surprise awards to present!  

The first to the volunteers from the New Testament Church of God, who have provided more than 60 hot lunches at No.5 every Wednesday for two years.  It is not just a hot meal they provide to vulnerable individuals but a comforting and uplifting experience.  They do it out of the goodness of their heart.

No.5 is almost unique in the city; offering a place for people who are struggling with homelessness and substance misuse which they can’t do without.

Yvonne White, one of the church volunteers, said: “I wasn’t looking for recognition like this – to cook for these people creates a joy in my heart.”

The second award was even more of a surprise to the astonished Diane Taylor who believed she was just helping surprise the first recipients. 

Diane Taylor is a Senior Recovery Worker at the No.5 day centre and is the backbone of the centre having worked at the centre for almost 24 years.   I met Diane on a previous visit, and she has the respect of so many people she has helped. What she does is tough, and she also has my admiration. Diane makes people feel seen, heard and, more importantly, she gives them hope.

Diane said: “I’m so shocked. I do what I do because I enjoy helping people. It’s important that vulnerable people and people from diverse communities can come here and get support.”

The centre is managed by social enterprise Inclusion Healthcare and provides homeless people with housing advice, activities, a coffee bar and access to washing facilities, phones and the internet. It is also a safe place for street drinkers to access support and engage with partner services.

Diane was nominated for her award by Wayne Henderson, Inclusion Healthcare’s Mental Health and Substance Misuse Nurse and Director of Specialist Services.

He said: “We couldn’t see No.5 running without Diane and wanted to show her how much we all appreciate the work that she’s done.

“Our support for No.5 is an example of Inclusion Healthcare’s commitment to partnership working. By working together we can achieve more.”

Inclusion Healthcare and its dedicated team have delivered vital healthcare to asylum seekers, homeless people and other marginalised groups in Leicester for 25 years, gaining national recognition for supporting individuals with complex needs.