NHF invites entries for Community Impact Awards
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
National Housing Federation
The country's social landlords are being invited to enter the National Housing Federation's 2014 Community Impact Awards.
The awards celebrate the difference that England’s housing providers make through creating opportunities and bringing local communities together.
The NHF is asking entrants to submit projects for consideration in the following categories:
• Better Neighbourhoods – recognising housing associations’ contribution to improving and reinvigorating their local area.
• Greener Living – recognising housing associations’ contribution to encouraging tenants to live more sustainably by reducing fuel bills, being more energy efficient and using renewable energy.
• Health and wellbeing – recognising housing associations’ contribution to promoting independence and improving health and wellbeing
• Investing in People – recognising the importance of housing associations’ efforts to tackle unemployment and financial exclusion by helping people find jobs, manage their money and gain life-changing skills.
Entrants will be shortlisted by an online judging panel during March 2014, with tenants, sector specialists, notable individuals and key housing association partners selecting the strongest projects for four local awards ceremonies during April and May:
A national judging day will be held during May with the final national category winners and the overall Community Impact Award winner for 2014 to be announced at the national finals in June.
David Orr, NHF chief executive, said: “We’re delighted to launch our 2014 awards. As housing associations up and down the country face a tremendous range of pressures in the current climate of reforms and austerity measures - it’s a great opportunity for everyone to take a step back and celebrate the vital impact of the work they do day to day.
“Entering the awards gives housing associations a fantastic opportunity to celebrate success with their staff and tenants; winning the awards gives everybody else a chance to get some inspiration from projects that have real impact.
“Housing associations never fail to impress the judges – I’m sure 2014 will be no exception.”