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Leanne scoops top award for youth work

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Published by Hazel Rycroft for City West Housing Trust in Communities and also in Housing

Mick Williamson, of Willmott Dixon Partnerships, presents Leanne with her well-deserved award Mick Williamson, of Willmott Dixon Partnerships, presents Leanne with her well-deserved award

A Salford woman has been honoured for her dedication in supporting young people across the city.

Leanne Gleave, who works for City West Housing Trust, scooped the Tenant / Resident Involvement Officer of the Year award at the coveted Northern Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) awards – which recognises those who have gone the extra mile to make a difference in their communities.

Leanne, who works as a Youth Involvement Officer for City West, has helped transform the way City West works with young people in its neighbourhoods over the last two years.

The 27-year-old helped set up City West’s Youth Empowerment Panel (YEP), which gives young people more of a say in how City West is run, and has led a series of popular social media campaigns to get more youngsters involved in community projects.

“I’m over the moon,” said Leanne. “I wanted to get more young people involved in improving their communities. By doing so, it means we can ensure that the projects we deliver are having a real impact with young people and make a difference to their lives. 

“It’s been a great two years and we’re working with some fantastic young people who are changing the way we think about our neighbourhoods. The award is just the icing on the cake for me and is very much a reflection of the work they have put in.”

City West’s YEP programme has been a huge success, with more than 20 members aged between 10 and 24 coming up with new and innovative ways for the landlord to engage with younger people in City West neighbourhoods.

The YEP scheme also saw the landlord come highly commended in the Excellence in Youth Involvement category at the awards ceremony.

Matt Jones, Assistant Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods from City West, said: “Leanne has done some amazing work in our communities and she fully deserves all of the recognition she is getting at the moment.

“We’re able to engage with more and more youngsters who have often been the hardest people to reach in our neighbourhoods. We can understand their issues and concerns and adapt the way we do business as a result of their feedback.

“The award and commendation show just how successful the YEP scheme has been. I’m sure that it will continue to grow over the coming years and that’s all down to Leanne’s dedication to her job and to her community.”

Leanne will now be put forward for national TPAS Awards in July, which will see her compete against finalists from the Southern and Central TPAS Awards.

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