Blackpool Coastal Housing Community Awards 2019 were the twelfth annual Community Awards to celebrate the contributions made by individuals and groups to strengthen and develop BCH local communities.
Over 170 community volunteers and invited guests were invited to the Imperial Hotel to recognise the achievements that BCH tenants and community members have made throughout the past year.
The judging panel was made up of BCH tenants, staff and board members.
- Young Leaders award – Sponsored by Mobysoft
New for this year, the Young Leaders award was created to recognise pupils’ involvement in the intergenerational IT sessions established through partnership working between Highfield Leadership Academy, Blackpool Coastal Housing and Blackpool and the Fylde College.
Since the initiative began just under 12 months ago, the pupils have provided invaluable support to some of Blackpool’s elderly and more vulnerable residents to help boost confidence when going online. Thanks to the project, the pupils are developing a strong social conscience and making a difference to the lives of others whilst improving their own communication and leadership skills. Highfield Leadership Academy pupils Samia, Zinia, Maria, Isabell, Tyler, Emma, Keira, Emma, Olivia and Jonathan were each presented with certificates to recognise this fantastic work and a glass award was provided to the school.
- Customer and Staff Choice award
This award recognised the Blackpool Boys and Girls Club for receiving the highest amount of votes from both Blackpool Coastal Housing Staff and customers. Funded by the BCH Tenants Project Fund, the Boys and Girls Club have employed a youth worker over the past year to provide a range of projects which have made a real difference to the lives of young people in the local community.
- Resident of the Year award
Not one, but two individuals were crowned winners of this prestigious award due to their fantastic commitment to their respective communities. Penny Corney and Sarah Threlfall were both described as heroes of their communities who put their heart and souls into volunteering for the benefit of all residents, and the judges agreed that both were deserved winners.
- Community Action Stations award – Sponsored by Read and Errington
The award was presented to New Revoe Residents Association for their fantastic contribution to the Revoe area of Blackpool – from organising great events to creating opportunities for young and old alike, the volunteers put their hearts and souls into everything they do. The Association was also recognised recently at the national 24housing awards where they fought off stiff competition to bring home the ‘Excellence in Community Action’ award.
- Learner of the Year award
The Learner of the Year award was introduced to recognise someone who has put their heart and soul into the BCH Community Learning Programme and made outstanding progress.
The programme was launched in collaboration with Blackpool and the Fylde College in 2016 to provide functional skills courses in the heart of the local community.
Chantelle Quinn was crowned Learner of the Year for achieving her Level 2 Functional Skills, growing in confidence and gaining life skills which has enabled her to progress in daily life.
- Working Together award – Sponsored by Bambers Ltd
Connor McGregor was crowned winner for his partnership working with BCH and environmental contractors to help transform his local community. Taking an active role in supporting the ongoing development of the area, Connor has helped to maintain the communal grassed areas and raised beds and is also involved in the design and delivery of the internal decoration of his own and fellow residents communal stairwells.
- Helping Hand award – Sponsored by Technical and Electrical Services Ltd.
Barry Wright won for the invaluable support he provides to his neighbours, ensuring that where he lives is a safe and pleasant place for all to enjoy.
- Breaking the Barriers award – Sponsored by Prism Medical
Jack Cope won the award for his commitment to transforming his life and his willingness to change which has, with the help of the BCH More Positive Together team, seen him secure employment.
- Tenant Project Fund award
The award recognised projects which have previously received funding from Blackpool Coastal Housing and delivered fantastic outcomes for customers. HIS Provision won this award for making a huge contribution to the local community at Grange Park through their unique volunteering offer which has provided support to countless people.
- Making a Difference award
New for this year, the award was created to specially recognise and commend the work and dedication of a group of residents who volunteer their time, working in partnership with BCH to improve and develop BCH services. The Making a Difference award was presented to the TOWER Scrutiny Panel in light of their contribution to continually progress the organisation.
John Donnellon, Chief Executive of Blackpool Coastal Housing, said: “The awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the work our customers and residents do to help strengthen and develop both our local communities and the services we provide at BCH.
“It was great to see so many of our involved customers and community groups attending the event and I would like to personally congratulate all who were nominated, those that were highly commended and of course the winners of each award – Well Done!”
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