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HSEU No Place Like Home Photography competition winners announced

Competition celebrates the achievements and the experiences of people who receive housing support services in Scotland

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The Housing Support Enabling Unit (HSEU) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 No Place Like Home Photography Competition.

The competition, now in its eighth year, is all about celebrating the achievements and the experiences of people who receive housing support services in Scotland. Each entrant sends in a photo and a short narrative to tell their story about why housing support matters.

The winners were announced at Building the SDS Change in Edinburgh on 10 October. The winning photos in each of the categories are as follows:


  • Group Winner: Dryden Street Project, Gowrie Care – ‘The Catch of the Day’
  • Individual Winner: Winnie Mcghee, Loretto Care – ‘Learning Some New Dance moves to Thriller’


  • Group Winner: Herriet Court, Southside Housing Association – ‘Flowers and cake transforming a Sheltered House into a Home’
  • Individual Winner: Claire Docherty, Blue triangle Housing Association – ‘Kieran and Mummy’


  • Group Winner: The Link Toon Social – ‘We’re Lost in the Music, Feel So Alive…’
  • Individual Winner: Anthony Kelly, Aspire Housing and Personal Development – ‘tyred of the cycle of homelessness, lets saddle up to a better future’

The group winner in the Community category, The Link Toon Social, is a choir formed in 2016 by people who receive housing support from LinkLiving. The choir meets at tea-time every Thursday. As well as singing current chart hits and pop classics, its members enjoy good company and good food together. While everyone who attends faces challenges in their day-to-day lives, they say that the power of song lifts their spirits. For a couple of hours each week, members of The Link Toon Social are truly lost in music.

The individual winner of the Home category was Claire Docherty from Blue Triangle Housing Association with her entry ‘Kieran and Mummy’. Claire wrote that her son inspires her to change her lifestyle so that they can be together again. Claire said: “every time I see this picture it makes me want to change my life for him. This picture will hang pride of place in my new home above my fireplace until he comes home.”

A gallery of all of the entries from the last eight years is available to view online on HSEU’s Flicker page.

If you would like further information about the HSEU, please have a look at the unit’s website at www.ccpscotland.org/hseu or contact the unit on 0131 475 2676.