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Tenant and Leaseholder Awards 2020 winners

Many congratulations to all the Tenant and Leaseholder Awards finalists!

Unfortunately we were unable to hold this year’s award ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic. But we didn't let that stop the celebrations!

We were delighted to present all our finalists and winners with their trophies at our Doorstep Awards!

Well done to everybody who was entered this year. We’re always so proud to be able to shine a light on the many unsung heroes in our neighbourhoods.

Here are your 2020 winners:

Good Neighbour Award

Good Neighbour Award (North) – Donna Garratt

Good Neighbour Award North Winner - Donna Garrett

Donna has lived in the Bulwell Hall area of the city all her life. She is a wonderful neighbour, particularly to those who are vulnerable. She’s always happy to help neighbours who are suffering from ill health – collecting prescriptions, accompanying them to appointments, helping them with the shopping and making sure they’re eating well.

Watch the video here.

Good Neighbour Award (South) – Patrick Crawley

Good Neighbour Award Winner South Patrick Crawley

Patrick is a much loved resident at our Kingston Court independent living community. Compassionate and caring, Patrick’s dedicated to making sure his fellow residents feel safe and happy living in their homes.

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Outstanding Personal Development Award

Claire Lilley

Outstanding personal development award winner - Claire Lilley

Claire is one of our NCH apprentices, successfully securing a plumbing apprenticeship in September of last year. Claire contacted NCH in 2018, wanting to develop herself. She took part in one of our Women in Construction taster days, which encouraged her to apply for an apprenticeship.

Taking responsibility for her own learning, Claire worked hard on improving her Maths and English skills to pass the Functional Skills assessment required as part of the recruitment.

Watch the video here.


Best Community Project / Event

The Pythian Club

Best community project winner - The Pythian Club

The Pythian Club is committed to enriching the lives of the young people who attend. They use the power of sport and music to inspire those who attend to develop the skills and the attributes to develop young people who might come from challenging situations and backgrounds to believe in themselves and become role models for their peers and even future leaders.

Watch the video here.

Best Green Initiative

The residents of Hazelhurst Gardens

Best green initiative winner - Hazelhurst Gardens

Through rain or shine, the residents of our Hazelhurst Gardens independent living community will be out tending to their communal gardens to make it an area that all of the residents can enjoy.

They’re determined to make the gardens at Hazelhurst not only an oasis for the residents, but for the local wildlife as well. A solar-powered water feature, insect house and bird house are creating a sanctuary for the wildlife.

Watch the video here.


Community Group of the Year

STOP TRA (Joint winner)

Community group of the year - STOP TRA

Sneinton Tenants Outreach Programme (STOP) were originally formed by residents to tackle anti-social behaviour on King Edwards Park in Sneinton. Thanks to the hard work of the 50 plus volunteers, the park is now a thriving place that provides a wide range of activities for the residents living in the local area.

Park Gate Community Centre (Joint winner)

Community group of the year - Park Gate Community Centre

The Park Gate Community Centre is based in the heart of the Noble Road estate in Clifton. An outstanding volunteer led community project, it’s been supporting local tenants and residents for the last four years, providing a range of different services for the benefit of the whole community.

Watch the video here.

Older Person's Initiative

Strelley Court (Joint winner)

Older person's initiative winner - Strelley Court

 In June last year the residents of our Strelley Court independent living community organised a fantastic karaoke event for residents and their families.

Organised entirely by the residents themselves the purpose of the event was to bring young and old together for a fun evening of music, food, dancing and singing. The event was a huge success – with a wonderful atmosphere created.

Winwood Community Group (Joint winner)

Older person's initiative joint winner - Winwood Community Group

The Winwood Community Group is made up of a group of residents who live at Winwood Heights in Sherwood. During a time of major construction work, the Group has played a vital role in keeping the existing Winwood community together – as well as welcoming the new residents who have moved into the new Extra care facility.

Watch the video here.

Young Person of the Year

John Smith (Joint winner)

Young Person of the Year joint winner - John Smith

John is a full-time carer to his younger brother and sister. After his Dad passed away, he moved back to live with his Mum and his siblings.

Tragically his mum was later diagnosed with cancer and sadly also passed away – leaving John to look after his brother, Michael and sister, Hannah alone.

Despite this tragedy, John has been a rock to Hannah and Michael. At the young age of only 21, John is taking his caring responsibilities very seriously and always putting the needs of his brother and sister ahead of his own.

Liam Gawthorne (Joint winner)

Young Person of the Year joint winner Liam Gawthorne

Liam is a volunteer with Strelley Community Amateur Boxing Club. As a volunteer, Liam is always happy to give of his own time to not only volunteer with the club but to get involved in wider volunteering, like litter-picking, leafleting and painting that benefits the wider Strelley community.

Watch the video here.

Best Health and Wellbeing Project

Grow, cook and play

Best health and wellbeing project - Grow, cook and play

Grow, cook and play provides free workshops for families to enjoy at community gardens in Bulwell and Clifton during school holidays.

The aims of the programme is to get more families out of their homes, away from their phones and gaining new skills and experience while learning about gardening.

From tree climbing to cooking, gardening to trying out new food, fun games to muddy play, these are often totally new experiences for the children and families taking part. In little over a year, more than 2,000 residents have taken part.

Watch the video here.

Street and Block Champion of the Year

Julia Townsend (Joint winner)

Julia Townsend

Julia is a passionate and strong voice for the residents at Winwood Heights in Sherwood. As a Block Champion she is committed to making sure the residents receive the best service. 

Through what has been a challenging period of upheaval, Julia has been intrinsic in keeping the spirits of residents high – organising events and activities to bring the community together.

Ingenesia Ngeenguno (Joint winner)

Ingenesia Ngeenguno

Ingenesia has been a Street Champion in Radford for more than a year. During that time, she has been an active resident in her local community, supporting local events, taking part in litter picks and encouraging her neighbours to get involved.

Always willing to help others, Ingenesia is passionate about improving her local neighbourhood. She also volunteered at last year’s NCH Fun Day – single-handedly running the coconut shy activity and signing up interested tenant volunteers.

Angie Stanton (joint winner)

Angie Stanton

Angie is a Street Champion in Lenton and a driving force for her local community. She loves organising events, taking the lead in organising and promoting the successful Spring into Lenton and Get Together community events.

She always makes herself available to help her friends and neighbours – particularly those who are vulnerable and need support. She works closely with NCH and other partners to highlight issues in the neighbourhood and to make the Lenton area a better place to live for all residents.

Watch the video here

Tenant or Leaseholder of the year

John Shandley

Tenant or leaseholder of the year - John Shandley

John is a long standing and highly motivated volunteer with a drive to help and support the residents of his Garfield Court independent living community and local groups and organisations.

John’s commitment to the local community and his tenacious approach can be rarely found in others. He is an excellent motivator, encouraging other residents to get involved.

Watch the video here.

Outstanding Contribution to Social Housing

Sue Stevenson

Outstanding contribution to social housing - Sue Stevenson

Sue is an excellent example of the great work our tenants and leaseholders do to improve their communities.

She is passionate about social housing and dedicated in helping NCH to become the best by putting tenants and leaseholders at the heart of their decision making.

Sue has volunteered for NCH for over 10 years. In this time she has been actively involved with the Decent Homes Programme, given presentations on her role and the importance of social housing, volunteered at tenant fun days and Nottingham Pride, embraced social media to promote housing issues, and carried out estate inspections.

Her commitment is second to none. As chair of the NCH Customer Excellence Panel, Sue is passionate about improving the lives of those that not only live in her community, but for the wider communities in Nottingham. She is invaluable to NCH, and Nottingham, and well deserving of the Outstanding Contribution to Housing Award.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Al Taylor

Lifetime achievement award - Al Taylor

Al has been a very valuable member of the Tenant ACE Inspector group for a number of years, completing many assessments of NCH estates and homes. He is not afraid to challenge issues when he sees them, but is always fair, and considers how his feedback can improve things for everyone.

Al has always been a keen supporter of youth projects, especially in The Meadows area. He is well known in his community and especially on his street, always willing to help others with a smile on his face! Al is a true asset to his neighbourhood and to Nottingham City Homes.

Watch the video here.