University of Roehampton (UK) Roehampton wins ‘Outstanding Collaboration in Community Innovation Award’ at the BIG Innovation Summit

  • Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Dr Melissa Jogie’s Knowledge Exchange Project on ‘Making the 360-degree Charity: Transforming Sutton Night Watch Charity Services’ received the BIG South London’s ‘Outstanding Collaboration in Community Innovation Award’ last week, at their BIG Innovation Summit 2022.

Dr Jogie’s project aims to catalyse the long-term growth of Sutton Night Watch Homeless and propose a model for its transformation into a ‘360-degree charity’, providing references, tools, and access points for the homeless to engage in their own research and plans.

In collaboration with Dr Jogie’s work, the charity’s new activities include triage, advice, and active engagement with downstream care services to better guide and encourage the homeless with their options for recovery, while also allowing them their freedom of choice.

Dr Jogie would like to acknowledge the work of her collaborator Dr Ellis Osabutey (CI) in helping set up the business software to help for improving efficiencies in client support services, and that of the RSU’s Growhampton student volunteers who actively participated in setting up a recreational garden at Sutton Night Watch Charity base and shared ideas about sustainable food management with charity volunteers.

There is currently a project between ‘Growhampton’ (Roehampton Student’s Union sustainable initiative) with University of Roehampton student volunteers and Sutton Night Watch Homeless charity volunteers. The Growhampton student volunteers will assist with designing and setting up ‘The Garden of Hope’ herb garden and green space at Sutton Night Watch Homeless Charity headquarters.