The National Housing Federation has replaced the What We Are Proud of Awards with a new scheme for 2012. Here's why housing associations should get involved and details of how to take part.
Looking back at 2011
Last year Three Rivers Housing Association took the national award for its project tackling anti-social behaviour at Sherburn Road estate in Durham. Gareth Heslington, from Three Rivers, says: “Winning was a fitting testament to the hard work of the Pelaw Community Group. Our ethos is to help communities grow and to take responsibility for their own area – The Pelaw View Community Group is an excellent example of the impact this approach can have and we’re proud to support them.
“It was a great experience being part of the awards and a real thrill to win – being able to share it with our tenants and residents made it all the more special.”
We’re proud of the work housing associations do to give people opportunities and bring communities together. That’s why we’re launching our 2012 awards with a new look and new name, because community impact is what it’s all about.
Building shops and schools, helping people into work and training, running financial inclusion schemes, making streets safer and revitalising neighbourhoods are just some of the ways that housing associations make a very tangible difference to the lives of thousands of people across the country.
This year our aim is to share these success stories more widely beyond the housing sector. We know the projects that inspire us can also inspire influencers and decision makers, and if the quality of last year’s entries is anything to go by we will have a strong story to tell.
We’d like to thank our sponsor Morrison and media partner 24housing for their ongoing support and enthusiasm for the awards.
As David Orr, our chief exectuive, says: Community impact is what it’s all about. Our neighbourhood audit, coming shortly, will show the scale, level and scope of investment and activity - last time this totalled more than half a billion pounds so we’re talking about a significant commitment. The awards will bring the statistics to life by telling the stories of individual projects that really make a difference.
Could you be a winner?
Are you doing something innovative? Making a splash? Changing lives? Visit www.housing.org.uk/awards and submit your entry now in one of the following categories:
- Better health
- tackling health inequalities
- promoting independence amongst residents
- working with local and national partners to improve health and social care
- Improving neighbourhoods
- breathing new life into an area
- involving and supporting residents to improve their local area
- improving communities and physical spaces
- Building futures
- tackling worklessness and financial exclusion amongst residents
- providing opportunities for residents to gain vital skills
- unlocking the potential of residents and young people
- Safer streets
- creating innovative solutions to anti-social behaviour which challenge stereotypes
- supporting and involving residents to prevent anti-social behaviour
- working with local partners to reduce the affects of anti-social behaviour
People’s choice award
This year we’re introducing a twist - the nine regional winners will be put forward for the People’s Choice award to be voted for by the public online.
Entries open on 6 June 2012 and close on 23 July 2012. Enter online at www.housing.org.uk/awards
How it works
Tenants, councillors and local celebrities will judge entries and name a winner in each of the four categories as well as an overall winner for each region.
We’ll be hosting events across England where you’ll have the chance to hear from the shortlisted entries and find out who the regional winners are.
The regional events take place on the following dates:
- London - Thursday 11 October
- South East - Wednesday 17 October
- West Midlands - Thursday 18 October
- Yorkshire and Humberside - Thursday 18 October
- East of England - Tuesday 23 October
- East Midlands - Thursday 25 October
- South West - Thursday 1 November
- North West - Thursday 1 November
- North East - Thursday 8 November
The overall winner from each region will go forward for the national award as well as the People’s Choice award. Both winners will be crowned at a special event at the Houses of Parliament in March next year.