Circle Housing Wherry has something to YELL about
Circle Housing Wherry at TPAS Awards
A Norfolk social housing provider is celebrating after winning two prestigious awards for its youth engagement work.
Circle Housing Wherry’s YELL (Youths Engaging in Learning and Lives) project came out on top at The TPAS (Tenant Participation Advisory Service) Awards last week.
YELL was recognised for its role in giving young people the opportunity to be positively engaged with their landlord, picking up the highly coveted ‘Excellence in Youth Involvement’ award for the Central Region of the 2014 TPAS Awards. The awards celebrate tenants and landlords who go the extra mile in improving their local communities.
Jo Coxford from Circle housing Wherry was also named Resident Involvement Officer of the Year for her work as YELL’s project manager.
Sue Stavers, Managing Director of Circle Housing Wherry said, “This award recognition is great news. It reflects the hard work of the young residents who have got involved as well as Jo’s efforts in managing the project.
“YELL provides the opportunity for our young residents to shape Circle Housing Wherry’s services of the future. We really value their contribution and the benefits this brings us as a housing association.
More than 50 young Circle Housing Wherry residents took part in activities run by Circle Housing Wherry last year, including training in first aid, food safety CV writing and team building. A team building day at the Horstead Centre, funded by Broadland District Council’s Youth Advisory Board, also gave the young people the opportunity to test their nerve at zip lining, tunneling and low ropes.
Tamara Phillips, 17, fromUptonsaid: “YELL has been an amazing project and I’m so pleased that I have had the opportunity to get involved.
“We’ve formed a YELL family, working together to engage and participate in the activities. What’s been really important for myself is that I have been able to gain qualifications to support my future.”
Jo and the team now go forward to the National Final on the 10th July where they will compete against the regional winners from across theUK.