Seven Locks Housing is celebrating after winning a prestigious award from the Chartered Institute of Housing at a ceremony held in Birmingham on Wednesday.
The Market Harborough based housing association was recognised for its work with Daventry and District Housing in the ‘Innovative Partnership’ category, one of eight awards on the night.
A Volunteer Partnership between the two organisations aims to identify services that help improve the health and wellbeing of local residents, alleviate social isolation, increase employment opportunities and improve community cohesion. Volunteers are recruited to take part in projects including community lunch clubs, Get Online computer sessions and activity events for those who are elderly or vulnerable.
The CIH Midlands Awards formed part of the annual housing conference for the first time this, providing a platform to showcase inspiring projects and recognise excellence within the industry. The conference and awards dinner attracted 200 housing professionals from across the Midlands.
Deborah Bennett, Executive Director at Seven Locks Housing said: “We’re incredibly proud to win this award and I must thank all our team members and our partners at Daventry and District Housing for their hard work in setting up this initiative.
“In its first four months, the Partnership supported nine volunteers through training, enabled five people to achieve an accredited qualification to help them back into employment, and introduced 24 volunteering opportunities – a fantastic achievement in such a short space of time. This project is an example of how we are extending our role in our communities beyond traditional housing services.”