New Roots Success at the TPAS Awards!

It’s been a busy few weeks at New Roots with the launch of the ‘It’s not OK’ Campaign, but it was well worth the trip down to this year’s TPAS Conference and Awards at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Coventry!

National Tenant Conference

TPAS is the Tenant Participation and Advisory Service, who work tirelessly year-round to bring landlords and contractors together with the tenants they support. 2017’s National Tenant Conference was an opportunity for representatives from organisations across the UK, both professionals and tenants, to celebrate success stories, share good practice, and have a bit of fun!

New Roots was honoured to again deliver a workshop to representatives from across the housing sector, this year on the motivation of young people in supported housing. As is only right, staff and young people worked together before and on the day to deliver a meaningful and educational experience to those in attendance. In a repeat of last year, the young people who generously donated their time to share their experiences and insight made the workshop a fantastic success! It’s a huge thank you from me to Sheridan and Katrina for all they brought to the day, and to Ian, our Business Support Manager, who offered some fantastic advice on the corporate side of supported housing.

TPAS Awards

After New Roots’ success at the Central Region Finals earlier this year, we were delighted to attend the National Finals, which brought this year’s conference to a fantastic close. In awe of the work and commitment of the other regional winners, Peabody and New Bury Vision Group & Bolton at Home, it was an honour just to attend and share the room with some fantastic organisations from across the country, all working to improve tenant engagement across the UK.

I am, however, delighted to announce that we were successfully named National Winners of the Award in Excellence in Engagement in Supported Housing 2017! Carol Scawthon, our fantastic CEO, joined Sheridan, Katrina and myself in collecting the award from Caritas Charles, TPAS’ Director. The judges commented on New Roots’ person-centred approach, and it was fantastic to hear our young people explain further what it means to be a New Roots tenant. Fittingly, there were significantly more young tenants in the audience this year than ever before, particularly from within supported accommodation.

Take a look at the nerve-shredding moment when the winner was announced on the TPAS Twitter Page.

New Roots would like to congratulate all this year’s winners, listed below. It’s a huge privilege to stand next to you and the work you do. Well done!

 

Excellence in Employment Skills & Training Award

Southern Region: Learn for Free – Plymouth Community Homes

Central Region: Future Gateways – Futures Housing Group

Northern Region: Livin Futures – Livin Housing

National Winner: Learn for Free – Plymouth Community Homes

 

The Richard Crossley Excellence in Community Action Award

Southern Region: Avondale Community Events (A.C.E) – City of London Corporation

Central Region: Communities Week 2016 – Fortis Living

Northern Region: Environmentalists Project – South Yorkshire Housing Association

National Winner: Environmentalists Project – South Yorkshire Housing Association

 

Excellence in Tenant Engagement Award

Southern Region: This is Phoenix – Phoenix Community Housing

Central Region: In House Mediation Service – Derwent Living

Northern Region: Everyday Voice, A New Way of involving Wythenshawe Residents – Wythenshawe Community Housing

National Winner: This is Phoenix – Phoenix Community Housing

 

Excellence in Youth Involvement Award            

Southern Region: HOUSE – West Kent Housing Association

Central Region: Youth on Board (YoBs) – Fortis Living

Northern Region: Stockport Homes’ Youth Aspiration – Stockport Homes

National Winner: Youth on Board (YoBs) – Fortis Living

 

Excellence in Scrutiny Award

Southern Region: Resident Scrutiny – Optivo

Central Region: NWLDC Tenant Scrutiny Panel – North West Leicestershire District Council

Northern Region: Tenants at the Heart of Scrutiny – Wythenshawe Community Housing Group

National Winner: Tenants at the Heart of Scrutiny – Wythenshawe Community Housing Group

 

Excellence in Engagement in Supported Housing Award

Southern Region: Transitions – Peabody

Central Region: New Roots Housing Project – New Roots Housing

Northern Region: Melodramatics for Seeing Red – New Bury Vision Group & Bolton at Home

National Winner: New Roots Housing Project – New Roots Housing

 

Excellence in Annual Reports Award

Southern Region: Real Homes, Real People – Phoenix Community Housing

Central Region: Your Voice Matters, Annual Review for Customers 2015/16 – Stafford and Rural Homes

Northern Region: Annual Review 2015/16 – St Leger Homes of Doncaster

National Winner: Real Homes, Real People – Phoenix Community Housing

 

Team of the Year Award

Southern Region: Tenant Involvement Team – Oxford City Council

Central Region: Youth Involvement Team – Aragon Housing Association

Northern Region: One Money Team – One Manchester

National Winner: Youth Involvement Team – Aragon Housing Association

 

Excellence in Contractor Engagement Award

Southern Region: Kickstart Your Career– Keepmoat

Central Region: The Normanton Project – Derby Homes

Northern Region: The Legacy Project – Mears & Rotherham MBC

National Winner: Kickstart Your Career– Keepmoat

 

Young Tenant of the Year Award                        

Southern Region: Danielle Frost – Peabody

Central Region: No Regional Winner

Northern Region: No Regional Winner

National Winner: Danielle Frost – Peabody

 

The Cliff Whiteley Tenant of the Year Award                       

Southern Region: Ray Champion – Hammersmith & Fulham Council

Central Region: Sally Wilsdon – Moat Homes

Northern Region: Eric Alker – Wigan & Leigh Homes

 National Winner: Eric Alker – Wigan & Leigh Homes