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Thrive Homes scoops awards double for ‘leading light’ innovations

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Published by kerri smith for Thrive Homes in Housing and also in Communities

Staff from Thrive celebrate their double win at the annual Housing Awards Staff from Thrive celebrate their double win at the annual Housing Awards

Thrive Homes has scooped a double awards win for being a ‘leading light’ for innovation in the housing sector.

The housing association, which owns and manages more than 4,100 rented and leasehold properties in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, won two categories in the national Housing Innovation Awards 2014.

Thrive was named Most Innovative Small Housing Provider and also won the award for the Most Innovative Use of Community Engagement.

The accolades recognise Thrive’s imaginative and original approach to delivering services and engaging communities.

Thrive Chief Executive Elspeth Mackenzie said: “This is a fantastic result and demonstrates the quality of what we do at Thrive Homes every day.

“One of the judges told us afterwards that our award entries really stood out for the range of activities and the inclusive way we work with residents and communities.

“These awards were won by everyone at Thrive – everyone here has contributed to the projects we showcased in our entries.

“We have always been determined that Thrive would not be ‘just another stock transfer’. We set ourselves ambitions to achieve a great deal for the residents and communities where we work – and these awards are recognition of our success so far in achieving this.”

The Housing Innovation Awards, which announced its 2014 winners last week (6th February), highlight the housing sector’s leading lights – organisations which demonstrate a pioneering spirit in developing inventive new schemes and services.

Both awards recognise Thrive’s trailblazing work during its ‘Year of Ambition’, a campaign to inspire people to think bigger and better.

The campaign involved a variety of projects to engage and enable residents, communities, staff and partners. These included the ‘Jobs at Home’ social enterprise to help people into work, a Board mentoring scheme, an Enterprise Week teaching life skills to students at Francis Combe Academy and a programme of staff volunteering in the community.

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