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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

Community Impact Awards: Winners revealed Community Impact Awards: Winners revealed

The winners of this year's Community Impact Awards (CIAs) were revealed at the National Housing Federation's Community Awards Dinner last Thursday.

And 2014's overall award went to London's Peabody for its 'Staying Safe' project - a programme that tackles knife, gang and gun crime among the city's youth.

For the judges, the 27,000-home provider's scheme - which also took home the Better Neighbourhoods Award - stood out because young people were at the heart of the campaign from the beginning to the end.

David Orr, NHF chief executive, said: “Projects like these help to create a strong sense of community, giving residents the power to get involved and make a difference in their local area – that’s what these awards are all about.”

The winners in full:

National Better Neighbourhoods Award: Peabody

Peabody's project worked with young people to design, develop and deliver campaigns to raise awareness of the impact of crime and gang culture. More than 7,000 young people took part in workshops or presentations, more than 20,000 were reached by posters, merchandise and festivals, and there were well over 12,000 hits or interactions online.

Highly commended: Walsall Housing Group's

whg’s Positive Support Service aims to challenge and change anti-social behaviour while transforming the lives of both victims and perpetrators. It launched with the recognition that perpetrators are often victims themselves, and that helping them to change their lives can contribute significantly to resolving the issue.

National Greener Living Award: Southway Housing Trust

SHT took the award for its Smart Energy Team, which helped tenants to become more fuel efficient by making long-term life changes.

The team sent 'energy doctors' to give locals one-on-one advice and write ‘prescriptions’, fitted energy monitors and thermostats, and recruited local peer energy champions. On average, the energy doctors saved Southway residents £247 a year on their fuel bills.

Highly commended: Nottingham City Homes

NCH's 'Secure Warm Modern' scheme saw properties retrofitted to reduce fuel poverty and carbon emissions. The programme has so far saved 15,445 tonnes of CO2 a year and £3.5 million on energy bills.

National Health and Wellbeing Award: asra Housing Group

asra’s Wellbeing+ and Empowerment+ are two mental health support programmes that aim to tackle health inequalities in Nottingham. These unique, innovative and integrated services welcome people across Nottingham and are particularly aimed at hard to reach groups or people with greater levels of need. Together, they have so far supported almost 2,000 people.

Highly commended: Wythenshawe Community Housing Group

Real Food Wythenshawe is a community food campaign which helps local people take control over what they and their families eat. It aims to show that healthy eating is possible for everyone, regardless of your budget, age, ability or free time. The project has already involved almost 2,000 people and has trained more than 40 volunteers.

National Investing in People Award: Family Mosaic

Family Mosaic’s Employment Boot Camp is an intensive six-week ‘pre-employment’ course targeted at long-term unemployed residents to help them find work. The innovative, fast-paced course is designed to rebuild confidence, boost motivation and give participants the tools and skills needed to find work.

Highly commended: Bolton at Home

Bolton at Home’s Urban Care and Neighbourhood Centres offer a range of support to local people, including employment services, financial support and digital training. They sit at the heart of the local community and are a lifeline for many customers, particularly with the changes and pressures of the reforms to the welfare system.

Pictured: The Peabody team

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