WM Housing has been announced as a finalist for two separate nominations in the UK Housing Awards 2019, having been nominated for the Neighbourhood Transformation Award and the Resident Employment and Training Award.
The UK Housing Awards pride themselves for being the biggest and best accolade in the housing sector.
The first nomination for the Neighbourhood Transformation Award recognises the Manor Farm estate development in Coventry which has undergone a £6.5m regeneration in partnership with Coventry City Council and Lovell Partnerships.
It has been transformed from the dated neighbourhood of the 1960s to a modern, safer and energy efficient community.
Nearly 350 homes have been given a makeover and roads have been improved as part of the Spirit Quarters regeneration.
A new job club and other employment opportunities have also been opened for people in the community and crime has reduced by 15%. Resident satisfaction has risen from 43% to 86% because of the regeneration.
WM Housing has also been nominated for excellence across the board and the introduction of a scheme which helps young disabled people get into work.
The nomination for the Resident Employment and Training award recognises our Supported Internships Programme which has already scooped the 24housing Award for Best Apprenticeship Scheme last year and has made the final of the Tpas Awards, which recognise the best housing projects across the UK.
The programme provides young disabled people in the community the chance to experience work and gain confidence.
Working with a specialist college for disabled people, Hereward College in Coventry, 12 internships have been taken on since 2016.
These internships took place over a year and each intern works a reduced hour four-day week.
Interns were hosted across the organisation and in departments including ICT, Clean Works and Customer Service.
Our Chief Executive, Kevin Rodgers, says: “I am delighted that two of our projects have been shortlisted for the biggest and best awards in the sector.
“This recognition is a testament to the hard work of all those who have been involved with the projects.
“I would also like to thank those who have been involved in the projects including Coventry City Council, Lovell Partnerships and Hereward College.
“Fingers crossed for the ceremony in May.”
Winners of the categories will be announced at the UK Housing Awards to be held on May 1, 2019, at the Grosvenor Hotel in Mayfair, London.