Network Housing Groups Community Initiatives
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Staff and tenants at London based housing provider Network Housing Group, and its specialist older persons organisation Willow Housing and Care, have been highly commended for a range of community based initiatives which have brought positive change to the local areas they serve.
The Group, which owns and manages around 17,000 homes in and around London, was 'highly commended' by judges in the Excellence in Youth Involvement category at the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) Southern Region Awards on 4 May 2012. In addition Willow Housing and Care, specialist provider of homes and services to older people across London, was 'highly commended' in the Excellence in the Community category.
Willow Housing and Care tenant Dennis Brown, who has lived atClovelly CourtinBrent,North WestLondon, for the past 16 years, was also recognised at the awards, when he came second in the coveted Tenant of the Year category.
Dennis (75) said: "I was surprised but honoured to be nominated for this award. When you live within a community such as Clovelly Court it is nice to be helpful to your neighbours, I don't see what I do as out of the ordinary.
"The award ceremony was fantastic, I felt like I was at the Oscars."
TPAS is England's largest tenant organisation which rewards tenants, landlords and contractors for their achievements in the housing sector.
The Excellence in the Community accolade was awarded to Willow's Supporting Together team for the work it has done to counteract the impact of an ageing population.
The team, made up of staff from Willow Housing and Care (a Network Housing Group provider), Elders Voice (a grassroots charity supporting older people) and St Mungos (a charity helping the homeless) worked in partnership with Brent Council's Supporting People programme to better meet the needs of elderly members of the community. The Supporting Together team, through a number of activities and events, has assisted 4,200 older people in Brent and Harrow between 2009 and 2012 to remain independent in their own homes.
The Group's Job Ready Programme was recognised in the Excellence in Youth Involvement category for the positive work carried out by Willow Housing in partnership with youth charity Futureversity. Their 11 week youth employment programme not only offered vital training to those in the NEET category (not in education, employment or training) but, through its intergenerational initiative also created a dialogue between local youths and residents from Roberts Court in Stonebridge, Brent.
Director of Supported Housing, Mary Whitfield, was instrumental in both projects. She said: "Network Housing Group is committed to assisting both its residents and the greater community living within the areas it serves. Our community based initiatives are at the heart of everything we do.
"To be recognised by TPAS is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and residents, as well as the external participants on both the Job Ready Programme and the Supporting Together team.
"Our resident Dennis Brown is also a worthy recipient in the Tenant of the Year category. Dennis is known affectionately by residents and staff as a gentle giant and is committed to championing the aspirations of his fellow tenants. He truly is an inspiration."
Note to editors:
- Network Housing Group comprises seven registered providers. The non asset-holding parent in the Group, Network Housing Group Limited, provides strategic leadership and co-ordination, development and corporate services to its six key subsidiary associations: Community Trust Housing, London Strategic Housing, Mitali Housing Association, Network Stadium Housing Association, Riversmead Housing Association, and Willow Housing and Care. In addition, Solon Community Network provides independent resident consultancy. Altogether the Group owns and manages 17,000 homes, mostly inLondonand Hertfordshire.
- The TPAS Awards consists of three regional (Northern, Central and Southern) award ceremonies held to determine the best in each area before the overall winners are unveiled at the grand final held during the TPAS Annual Conference event.