Nottingham City Homes awards outstanding residents
Nottingham City Homes celebrated its outstanding tenants and leaseholders with a series of special socially distanced award presentations.
Normally the Tenant and Leaseholder Awards take place in a ceremony at the Council House in Old Market Square, but due to COVID-19 this years awards couldn’t be held in person.
So Nick Murphy, Chief Executive at Nottingham City Homes, joined Cllr Linda Woodings, for Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage at Nottingham City Council - to tour the city and present trophies to the winners and runners up of the 2020 awards.
These awards recognise the people who go the extra mile for their local community and act as good neighbours, as well as community groups that have made a difference to their area.
The awards, which are open to NCH's 28,000 tenants and leaseholders, include 11 categories.
This year’s Tenant or Leaseholder of the Year of the Year, John Shandley from Radford, was nominated by an NCH staff member. He was praised for being a Block Champion at the Garfield Court independent living scheme - acting as liaison between residents and NCH, as well as arranging events for tenants throughout the year.
John took a lead role in the ‘Look after Garfield Court’ informal steering group that was set up to improve community relations in the area between all residents. He acted as a voice for the group and was responsible for successful grant applications from the City Council and other funding bodies. Johns played a key role in developing 'Look after Garfield Court's' community projects, such as contacting local councillors, to receive funding for the Christmas lights, contacting community stakeholders and promoting Garfield Court as a great place to live.
Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes, said: “It’s important we celebrate the dedication and commitment from our tenants across the city - especially this year. We are proud to shine a light on these unsung heroes who are such a benefit to our society. The work these champions do across our community is so important. Whether it’s an individual helping their neighbour with day-to-day tasks, or a community group making a difference to hundreds of people’s lives, every single resident we have met as part of these annual awards, has had a positive impact on their community.”
Here's the full list of winners:
- Tenant or Leaseholder of the Year - John Shandley
- Outstanding Contribution to Social Housing - Sue Stevenson
- Lifetime Achievement Award - Al Taylor
- Street and Block Champion of the Year – Joint Winners Julia Townsend, Angie Stanton & Ingenesia Ngeenguno
- Community Group of the Year - Joint winners STOP TRA & Park Gate Community Centre
- Outstanding Personal Development - Claire Lilley
- NCH Young Person of the Year (under 25s) – Joint Winners John Smith & Liam Gawthorne
- Good Neighbour Award (North) – Donna Garratt
- Good Neighbour Award (South) - Patrick Crawley
- Best Green Initiative -Hazelhurst Gardens
- Best Community Project / Event -The Pythian Club
- Best Older Person's Initiative -Joint Winners Strelley Court & Winwood Community Group
- Best Health and Wellbeing Project - Grow, Cook and Play