Severnside employee shortlisted for national ASB award
Published by Matt Critchley for Severnside Housing in Housing and also in Communities
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Severnside Housing’s commitment to dealing with anti-social behaviour has been recognised at national level, after a member of staff was shortlisted for the Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group Awards 2013.
Peter Riley, Tenancy Services Officer at Severnside Housing, is one of only three individuals nationally to be shortlisted for the Tim Winter Award, which recognises people who have demonstrated exceptional commitment, producing positive results and inspiring others.
The award relates specifically to a case of anti-social behaviour in Bomere Heath in which, over a period of more than two years, two warring families made local residents lives a misery and left them too terrified to make witness statements.
Peter worked tirelessly with local residents to build their trust and confidence so that they felt able to stand up in court and provide witness evidence. The resulting nine-day trial led to both families being evicted.
Peter is one of only three antisocial behaviour officers shortlisted for the national award, and will find out whether he has won at an awards ceremony in November. He said: “Just to be shortlisted for this award is fantastic news, though it’s really down to the strength of character of local residents, who despite overwhelming adversity, stood up to anti-social behaviour in their community.”
Sue Groom, Neighbourhood and Community Services Director at Severnside, added: “Peter’s modesty is typical of him; he worked tirelessly to deal on this protracted case of anti-social behaviour that was causing a real blight to residents’ lives in Bomere Heath. He built their trust and confidence so that they felt able to provide witness statements, leading to the perpetrators being evicted. This case is a good example of the way we are committed to working with residents to put a stop to ASB.”
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