LHT's first tenant awards a huge success!
Published by Group Communications for Symphony Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities, Environment
LHT Tenant Awards
Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT) celebrated the success of residents at its first ever tenant awards held at Liverpool Hope University.
Hosted by local actress and comedian Pauline Daniels, and supported by a range of sponsors, the ‘Making It Happen’ awards saw tenants, community groups and contractors recognised for the difference they make both for themselves and their communities.
LHT managing director Sue Westwater said: “The standard and number of nominations we had for these awards was inspiring. It underlined just how much great work our tenants do in their neighbourhoods.
“Each award given has been more than well-earned and the people who have received recognition represent whole communities of people who give up their time to make a difference for others. Thank you to all our award winners and sponsors for helping us to ‘make it happen’ and for their fantastic contribution to LHT’s work.”
An outstanding list of winners included Kai Shrimpton, 20, from Windmill Hill in Runcorn. He won the Young Person of the Year award, sponsored by FT Finley, for his 10-year commitment to the Canal Boat Adventure Project, which aims to help disadvantaged young people in Halton.
Kai joined this project when he was ten. From this point on he became a model volunteer and raised his ambitions in his education and outlook on life. Kai became a mentor for isolated and vulnerable young people and has more than returned the investment that was originally made in him.
His achievements to date include representing his borough at 10 Downing Street and being a Young Advisor for the Halton area. He is currently Chair of the Big Local Reference Group, planning the allocation of £1m lottery funding for the Windmill Hill estate in Runcorn.
Speaking about his involvement in this, project Kai said: “It’s given me the confidence to realise what I want to do – reach for my dreams and be able to achieve them as well. In September, I have a guaranteed place at Aberystwyth University. After that I hope to go to Palestine to build houses and teach maths.”
Other winners on the night were LHT Tenant Of The Year (lead sponsor Assist Managed Services) Kathleen Charmin, 73, and Sue Ashes, 79, who won LHT Good Neighbour Of The Year, sponsored by Procure Plus.
Both were recognised for their outstanding care and support for other LHT tenants at LHT’s Morley Court in Knotty Ash and Suzanne Boardman House in Anfield, which provide sheltered housing in Liverpool.
Also honoured last night was Margaret Guppy, 69, from Aigburth in Liverpool who received a Lifetime Contribution Award, sponsored by Seddon, for her work with LHT and her dedication to her community.
Margaret is visually impaired and, from starting the Liverpool Branch of the Merseyside Partially Sighted Society back in 1992, to her current work on behalf of LHT tenants, she is an inspiration to others.
With characteristic modesty, Margaret said: “I’m amazed. It’s nice to think somebody appreciates what you do – it’s lovely to get an award. I enjoy working with LHT to make a difference for other people.”
A group of young people who are collectively making a big impact in their community, Halton Youth Squad, scooped the Best Community Project Award, sponsored by BYA Architects, for the numerous neighbourhood improvement projects they have been involved in, ranging from environmental improvements to art work.
The LHT Environmental Champion, sponsored by Armstrong York, went to South Liverpool resident Alan Brown, from Picton, who worked with LHT’s Jigsaw Neighbourhood Solutions team to improve waste ground which had become an eyesore. Alan spoke of the ‘natural pride you have in an area which you have grown up in’ and thanked LHT’s Jigsaw team and Liverpool City Council, as well as everyone who supported this project.
John Foy, Repairs Manager, Penny Lane Builders, was the LHT Tenants’ Choice Contractor, nominated by tenants as a vote of thanks for his friendliness, approachability and understanding, representing LHT and Penny Lane Builders’ strong emphasis on customer care.
Additional support for this fantastic evening, held at Liverpool Hope University’s Cornerstone Gallery, was provided through sponsorship from Keepmoat, Rubax Lifts Ltd and Shadow Decorators. Entertainment on the night included a magician and was topped off with hilarious sketches from satirical comedians Caz and Britney’s Scottie Road the Musical.