Two top regional housing awards could be heading to County Durham.
Support for vulnerable customers and a strong response to the coronavirus pandemic could see believe housing pick up two more additions to its trophy cabinet.
Judges at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Northern Awards have shortlisted believe housing in two hotly contested categories. The awards celebrate creativity, innovation and passion, while highlighting best practice among providers of affordable homes across the north.
Just three have made the final cut in the Housing Organisation of the Year category, with believe housing one of them.
The work done to keep believe housing customers safe during the coronavirus pandemic while meeting the changing needs of more than 18,000 tenants caught the judge’s eyes.
Meanwhile a nine-strong field will contest the Housing Team of the Year category. A team who volunteer to help believe housing customers in need of urgent support, alongside their regular jobs, have been named in the shortlist.
The team grew substantially during the coronavirus pandemic and now numbers more than 20. During the last 12-months the number of customers being helped with their wellbeing over the year rose from 76 to 173 with indications that the figure is set to rise still further. Their work has attracted praise from GPs and one of the leading members of the team was even awarded an MBE.
Chief Executive of believe housing, Bill Fullen, said: “We go the extra mile for our customers because it’s the right thing to do, not to make awards shortlists. But it’s great to see the work being done recognised again.
“It’s a tough field, but I know that our staff are second-to-none in their dedication and commitment, so I think we’re in with a great chance in both categories.”
believe housing was recently named ‘business of the year’ in the North East Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Partner and President’s Club’ award to add to a string of national and regional accolades.