Kwajo Tweneboa has been named as one of six winners of a new award created to celebrate and support the work of social justice campaigners being announced this week.
Kwajo, 25, from Mitcham, London, has won a Tenacious Award for his campaigning against poor social housing conditions in the UK.
His work shines a light on the scandal of people living in unsafe homes not fit for human habitation and exposes wrongdoing among housing providers and local and central government.
He has described access to a decent and safe home as a human right and campaigns for government action to help address acute housing shortages.
All Tenacious Award winners will receive a £20,000 grant and a package of specialist mentoring and support from Breakthrough Impact.
Accepting the award, Kwajo said: “I’m honoured to receive this award.
“Decent housing is a human right, and this funding from the Tenacious Awards means I can keep travelling across the country, talking with people and building our campaign to make sure that housing is seen as a top priority.”
The Tenacious Awards have been founded by David Graham and his foundation, Changing Ideas, with support from Philanthropy Matters, campaigner Charles Keidan and others.
They are inspired by and built on existing activity in this field, not least the Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) and its annual campaigner awards, and Social Change Nest providing fiscal hosting.
David Graham said: “These awards have been created to celebrate the work and value of campaigners in winning important changes in health, the environment, equalities and other vital areas of our society.
“Kwajo and the other five campaigners who have won the Tenacious Awards this year are incredible people who are willing to go out a limb to make change happen.”
This year, the Tenacious Awards winners were selected following a process of nominations and applications from campaigners across the UK.
They are active in different fields, from health to the environment, equality to sport, and their names are being revealed on successive days this week.
Are you a social housing professional? Sign up for a FREE MEMBERSHIP to upload news stories, post job vacancies, and connect with colleagues on our secure social feed.