Ian Irvine, Operations Manager, Turning Point Scotland, from Glasgow, has attended a reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by Her Majesty the Queen. 

Her Majesty the Queen, who is patron of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, hosted the event to mark its 50th anniversary as Sir Winston’s living legacy.

Since 1965, over 5000 British citizens have been awarded Churchill Fellowships, from over 100,000 applicants, to travel overseas to study areas of topical and personal interest. The knowledge and innovative ideas they bring back are shared, for the benefit of their profession, their community, and, in lots of cases, the nation. For many people, a Churchill Fellowship proves transformational, and they go on to achieve great things – effecting positive change within society.

Ian went on his Fellowship in 2013 to homelessness projects in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and New York that use Housing First and related homelessness services.

Housing First provides rented housing with support and began in New York in response to the volume of homeless individuals who presented at the psychiatric hospitals, suffering severe or enduring mental illness and addiction.

Ian had created the first Housing First service in the UK through Turning Point Scotland’s Housing First service in Glasgow.

“Whilst on holiday previously in New York four years ago, I visited the two services providing Housing First support and saw for myself the inspiring work they are doing. I returned home confident that Housing First would work in Scotland. Since then links have been established by Turning Point Scotland and other Housing First services throughout Europe” says Ian.

The aim of Ian’s Churchill funded trip to North America was to learn more about the different types of Housing First services. Since then the experience and knowledge Ian gained on his trip has helped expand Turning Point Scotland’s development of Housing First into Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire.

Fellows from every decade since 1965 represented the Trust at the reception, as well as representatives from The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in Australia, and the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States.

To mark its semicentennial, The Trust has just awarded a record number of 150 Travelling Fellowships – investing at least £1.3m in British citizens. This years Fellows will travel to 58 countries between them, across six continents, where they will carry out a wide range of projects. The average length of a Fellowship is 6 weeks.

Many events are being held throughout the year to celebrate Sir Winston’s life and legacy.

“We were delighted and honoured that the Queen hosted a reception to mark our anniversary year. Sir Winston’s legacy lives on through our Fellows – individuals who, like him, have vision, leadership, a passion with a purpose, and a commitment to help their fellow citizens” says Jamie Balfour, Director General of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

For further information please contact:

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust on 020 7799 1660 www.wcmt.org.uk

Andy Dewar, Marketing & Communications Officer, Turning Point Scotland 0141 427 9425