NFA award winners revealed
Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing
NFA award winners revealed
Employees and tenants from social landlords across the country were celebrating earlier this month as the winners of the 2014 National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) Awards were announced at the Midland Hotel in Manchester.
Now in their eighth year, the NFA Awards showcase the most innovative projects and outstanding people within the ALMO sector.
This year’s Awards featured new categories designed to represent the breadth and diversity of ALMOs’ influence in local communities, including awards for integrating housing care and support, work with the private rented sector, and social enterprise.
The evening was attended by more than 250 ALMO members, industry professionals and journalists. The winners in full are:
- Best New Build Scheme - The Gateshead Housing Company
- Managing Energy Efficiency and Fuel Poverty - Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing
- Improving the Private Rented Sector Offer – Ascham Homes
- Integrating Housing Care and Support - Homes for Northumberland
- Tackling Worklessness – Northwards Housing
- Helping Tenants Prepare for Universal Credit Through Digital Inclusion - Salix Homes
- Managing the Impact of Welfare Reform Through Financial Inclusion - South Tyneside Homes
- Most Innovative Social Enterprise Partnership – Your Homes Newcastle
- Most Effective Communications Campaign - Wolverhampton Homes
- Apprentice of the Year
- Under 25 Winner - Jamie Norman, Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust
- Over 25 Winner - Shadrack Mbatha, Wolverhampton Homes
Homes for Northumberland was also recognised for its outstanding entry in the Integrating Housing Care and Support category, and received an additional ‘Winner of Winners Award’.
Sue Roberts MBE, NFA chair, said: “This year has set a new standard of excellence for the ALMO movement, and it’s wonderful to see people rising to tackle some of the challenges we face. ALMOs have again proven to be a shining light of innovation and best practice; offering answers to some of the countries long standing housing issues –solutions which are clearly demonstrated by our award winners and finalists.
“This year’s awards categories reflect the change in direction for the NFA, and provide opportunity to evidence to the wider housing sector, politicians and influencers that ALMOs continue to build on firm foundations, and we’re here to stay.”
The award submissions were judged by an independent panel of leading figures and experts in the social housing world, including:
- Leonie Cooper, Sustainability Consultant, Sustainable Homes
- Michael Gelling OBE, Chair of the Tenants and Residents Organisations of England (TAROE)
- Domini Gunn, Director of Health and Wellbeing, CIH Consultancy
- Martin Hilditch, Acting Editor, Inside Housing
- Adam Ronaldson, Deputy Chair, PlaceShapers
- Paul Tennant, Chief Executive, Orbit Group and past President of CIH