Flagship project wins award for Spectrum Medina
Published by Tina for Spectrum Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities, Environment
Spectrum Medina’s Neighbourhood Improvements Project at Preston Close won the ‘Best Partnership Working’ Category for the South East Region from the National Housing Federation’s ‘What We Are Proud Of’ awards at a recent ceremony.
The awards celebrate the great work that goes on in local communities. The Preston Close Project brought together residents and staff from a number of different agencies to create a dramatic change in the local community. In 2009, Preston Close was a neighbourhood with high levels of bullying, anti-social behaviour and vandalism, and it took an average of over 110 days to re-let a property once it became empty. Through the work and investment that has taken place, resident satisfaction has reached an all-time high, ASB and vandalism have dropped, and it now takes an average of just 16 days to re-let an empty property.
Maria Wilkinson, Community Enterprise Manager at Spectrum Medina, said “This project is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when we all work together. Staff, residents and partners have committed their time and money to make this a neighbourhood that people want to be a part of, and this award recognises that success.”
At Preston Close, more than £150,000 has been spent on improving the outdoor spaces to create a neighbourhood that everyone can be proud to be a part of. A new community flat has become the centre of activities ranging from organised play, to homework clubs and resident training sessions. Most importantly, residents have found their voice and now contribute to the future of their community.