Gazebos, conservatories, and back-garden barbecues: that’s from where some attendees tuned in to witness the first ever virtual Northern Housing Awards.
Hosted by comedian Justin Moorhouse, this year marked the first time the Awards, sponsored by TCW, had been held in a remote capacity, with people from all over the country firing up their digital devices to celebrate the best and brightest Northern Housing has to offer.
And while yesterday’s weather may have turned out better for some than others, the Awards provided all in attendance with reason to be cheerful.
Keynote: Tracy Harrison
Northern Housing Consortium CEO Tracy Harrison kicked off the winners’ reveal with a reflection on the past 12 months.
“For those of us working in housing, we’ve always understood the importance of a safe, warm, decent, secure home,” said Harrison.
“But over this last year, for society as a whole, I think the importance of home has been underlined as never before.
“For those of us fortunate enough to live in homes where we feel safe, where we have enough room to do our work comfortably, and where we’ve got the ability to get enough green space outside, we’ve realised like never before just how lucky we are, and we have felt the injustice for the people who don’t get to take those things for granted.”
“We’ve all been reminded of the meaning and the importance of community like never before, and I think that the role housing providers play as anchor institutions within our communities has really come to the fore as never before.”
Harrison was also keen to praise the dedication and commitment Northern Housing and the wider housing sector has shown over the past year.
She said: “You have helped to get food supplies to people who were shielding or vulnerable; you’ve made welfare calls to people who were lonely and frightened and isolated; you’ve changed the way that you deliver your services to make sure that customers could still get what they needed from you when they needed it; you’ve worked with partner organisations within the community to try and support the resilience of the people who were struggling in these most frightening and bewildering of times.”
Harrison added: “I’d like to just take a moment to celebrate our collective achievements as a sector and to recognise everything that all of you have done.
“So well done, because you are all amazing.”
- Best Resident Involvement, sponsored by Wates Group – Salix Homes
- Resident Support/Advice Programme of the Year, sponsored by Futr – Calico Homes
- Resident Employment/Training Initiative of the Year, sponsored by Fortem – Together Housing Group
- Best Initiative for Tackling Homelessness, sponsored by Connolly – ForHousing (Highly Commended: Durham County Council)
- Best Carbon Reduction Scheme/Innovation, sponsored by Jewson Partnership Solutions – Leeds City Council
- Best Approach to Modular Housing, sponsored by The Sovini Group – Urban Splash
- Best Product/Innovation of the Year, presented by HACT – Invisible Creations
- Best Digital Transformation, sponsored by TriPartum – Salix Homes
- Consultancy of the Year – TriPartum
- Supplier of the Year – PROCare
- Contractor of the Year, sponsored by BCUK Recruitment – Mulbury
- Partnering Scheme of the Year, sponsored by Lovell – Places for People
- Supported/Sheltered Scheme of the Year, sponsored by PROCare – Karbon Homes
- Best Development for Social/Affordable Rent – Railway Housing Association
- Best Development for Market Sale, presented by Homes England – Step Places
- Best Development for Private Rent, sponsored by Aico – Falconer Chester Hall (Highly Commended: Engie)
- Shared Ownership Scheme of the Year, sponsored by Stanley Invest – hpbc (Housing People Building Communities)
- Regeneration Scheme of the Year, sponsored by Insurend – The Regenda Group
- Affordable Housing Scheme of the Year, sponsored by Direction Law – Casey
- Development Programme of the Year – Broadacres
- COVID Resilience Award, sponsored by Voicescape – Believe Housing (Highly Commended: Blackpool Coastal Housing)
- Local Authority of the Year, sponsored by Aico – Durham County Council
- Landlord of the Year, sponsored by Seddon – South Tyneside Homes (Highly Commended: New Foundations Housing Association)
- Northern Housing Tram of the Year, sponsored by TCW – My Blackpool Home
- Tenant of the Year, sponsored by Voicescape – ForHousing
- Nick Atkin
- Mike Brogan
- Charlotte Carpenter
- Adam Brannen
- Mandy Elliot
- Caroline Gitsham
- Tracy Harrison
- Alun Hughes
- Robin Lawler
- Lucy Lovatt
- Julie Marsh
- Helen McHale
- Phil Morgan
- Chris Seeley
- Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey
- Ciaran Tully
- Andrew van Doorn
- Ian Wardle
- Ian Wright
Homelessness organisation Oasis Community Housing was this year’s chosen charity partner.
Hazel Ditchburn, Corporate Relationships manager, said: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen as this year’s charity partner – a huge thank you to the Northern Housing Awards for this incredible opportunity.”
She added: “We’re on a mission to transform community by creating access to housing, addressing homelessness, and journeying with people to ensure they have what they need to reach their potential.”
- Still want more? Come along the virtual Winners Insight Conference on 1 June, where you’ll get to mingle with attendees and hear first-hand from those who took home the trophies. Email email@example.com for details
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