And the Winners are…… TPAS Cymru “Participation Oscars”

All the Glitz and Glamour of the “Oscars” was present at the TPAS Cymru Annual Participation Awards, which was held at the Angel Hotel in Cardiff on the 15th of May. The Awards, also
known at the ‘Participation Oscars’ celebrates and recognises the work of tenants and landlords in their communities who work together to make improvements to services and

Delegates were entertained to dramatic effect when the winners were announced in an ‘Oscar’ style show presented by influential members of the housing community in Wales.

The Awards are about recognition and applause but the day was also about seeing long term benefits through sharing of information and learning experiences. Barbara Castle, a leading expert in the
field of community engagement and participation delivered a key note speech at the ceremony which fired up enthusiasm amongst the attendees for tenant participation over the coming 12 months. In
true participative style TPAS Cymru held an innovative and interactive session with the delegates through a ‘Mastermind session’ with a panel from the Wales housing sector as delegates
‘under the spotlight!’ answering contemporary questions on Housing and regeneration issues.

Anne Hinchey, Chief Executive of Wales & West Housing Association said, “It’s always a pleasure to sponsor and support the TPAS Cymru Tenant Participation Awards. We have much to be
proud of in Wales with the way in which tenants get involved in their community. As landlords, it’s important that we listen to tenants and learn from them. These awards are an opportunity to
rightly reward those nominated by other tenants for the hard work and time they give to their community. “

This year TPAS Cymru received over 50 nominations from all over Wales. The submissions were of a high standard and they truly captured the attention of the judges, not only in terms of the written
material and detailed explanation of projects but for imaginative range of participation projects and initiatives being undertaken in the Principality.

The Winners announced at the prestigious ceremony were:
1. Award for Wales Communication in Housing – Landlord
1st United Welsh Housing Association – The Focus
2nd Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC & RCT Homes
3rd Clwyd Alyn Housing Association

2. Award for Wales Communication In Housing – TRA
1st Tenant Lives Group
2nd Plas Gorffwysfa Residents Association

3. Award for Outstanding Achievement In Participation
1st Joyce Spencer
2nd Sylvia Lavender
3rd John Williams

4. Award for Mainstreaming Tenant Participation
1st Wales & West Housing Association
2nd Cadwyn Housing Association
3rd Clwyd Alyn Housing Association

5. Award for Tenant Participation Projects
1st Vineyard Vale Community Group – Play Park
2nd Plas Gorffwysfa Residents Group – The Kabin
3rd Tenants Inspection Group – Carmarthenshire

6. Award for Sustainable & Effective Service (Tenants and Residents Associations)
1st Penrhos Tenant & Resident Association
2nd Plas Gorffwysfa Residents Association
3rd Llangollen & Neighbouring Areas Tenants Forum

7. Award for Effective Engagement of Hard to Reach Groups
1st UWHA – Supported Housing Tenants Compact
2nd Oldford Force Team
3rd Ynys Môn Sheltered Housing Group

8. Award for Successful Participation in Rural Areas
1st Vineyard Vale Community Group
2nd Glanrafon Residents and Tenants Association

9. Award for Tenant Participation Professional
1st Debbie Davies
2nd Jim Anderson
3rd Melanie Jones

John Drysdale, Director, TPAS Cymru said: “It’s great to be able to celebrate success! Winners of TPAS Cymru Participation Awards are always hugely pleased to have their effort and
their achievements recognised. And they are right to be proud because their work is having a real beneficial impact in their communities. The Participation Awards enable TPAS to find good examples
and worthwhile lessons and to share them so that standards are raised throughout Wales.”