Tenant or Leaseholder of the Year - Jenny Thirtle Denman
Jenny works tirelessly for the tenants and residents of Woodthorpe and Winchester Court.
She has worked hard on running the Tenants and Residents group for a number of years. Highly respected and a pillar of the local community, Jenny is a real champion for social housing. She works hard to challenge and change the perceptions that some people have of social housing residents.
Outstanding Personal Development - Jacqueline Folkes
Jacqueline works as a Home Preparation Officer for Nottingham City Homes. She successfully got the job after going through a traineeship programme – aimed at encouraging unemployed NCH residents to take part in accredited training and work experience.
Best Older Person's Initiative / Event - Bridget Short and John Shandley
Since moving to Garfield Court, Bridget and John have made a real difference to the scheme as a whole. They launched a coffee morning to bring residents together – as well as arranging craft making and gardening sessions.
Best Green Initiative - Pocket Park, Broxtowe Community Club
In 2015 an area of land in the heart of the Broxtowe estate that had become a magnet for fly tipping and anti-social behaviour became available. Broxtowe Community Club came up with the idea of creating a community green space for local people to enjoy and grow their own food – the Pocket Park was born.
Good Neighbour Award (North) - David Hayes
Since moving in to our Kersall Court Independent Living Scheme ten years ago, David took on the role of bringing the Kersall Court community together – organising events, cooking meals, playing bingo. David is a real gem, who embraces life and believes in bringing communities together.
Good Neighbour Award (South) Pat Thomas
Pat is a wonderful ambassador for the Meadows – volunteering many hours to her community. Chair of the New Meadows Tenants and Residents’ Association, she is committed to making the Meadows a thriving place to live.
Best Health and Wellbeing Project - Bulwell Forest Garden
Bulwell Forest Garden is a special place. Started by volunteers in 2011 it has been a real focus for bringing the local community together. Regular activities are held at the garden for all ages and abilities – including crafts, nature based courses, gardening, lunch clubs (from food harvested in the garden), yoga sessions and even birthday parties.
Best Community Project / Event - The Ark Project
The ARK is a self-sufficient community led children’s group held at the Park Gate Community Centre in Clifton. It’s for children aged 5 to 11 and offers a safe and friendly environment for children to develop social skills and to enjoy being a child.
Street and Block Champion of the Year - Betty Charlton
Elizabeth, or Betty as she’s known, is a Block Champion for her Independent Living Scheme, Curzon Court.
Always there for neighbours, Betty’s commitment, empathy and desire to make Curzon Court a better place to live is clear to see.
Community Group of the Year - Parkgate Community Kitchen
Based in Clifton the Park Gate Community Kitchen is an outstanding volunteer led community project providing free or low-cost, healthy three course meals to the local community. Offering a pay it forward scheme for those experiencing financial hardship, the project are also involved in numerous fund raising activities to make sure the kitchen can continue throughout the year.
All of our 2018 finalists are doing great things for their community – but we need more people like them! We’re already open for nominations for the 2019 awards, and you can nominate today by clicking here.
If you’ve been inspired and want to know what you can do to make a difference call us on 0115 746 9100.