An armful of top awards could be making their way to County Durham after believe housing made the shortlist in four categories at the biggest awards of their type in the north.
A team responsible for supporting domestic abuse victims is up for a major honour at the Northern Housing Awards. The Safer Neighbourhoods Team has made the shortlist in the Team of the Year category alongside nominations for believe housing in the Affordable Housing Scheme, Covid Resilience and Landlord of the Year categories.
Chief Executive of believe housing, Bill Fullen, said: “It’s always good to be in the running for top awards, but I’m particularly pleased that our Safer Neighbourhoods Team have been shortlisted. They help some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and work tirelessly to make neighbourhoods better places to live. They make a real difference to so many lives and we’re really proud of their pioneering work in areas like supporting domestic abuse survivors.
“We’ve got high hopes in all of the categories we’ve been shortlisted in. The Covid Resilience award shortlisting is real evidence of the hard work that our frontline staff have been carrying out during the pandemic to keep customer safe and support communities. And the shortlisting in the headline Landlord of the Year category is proof that believe housing has been making great strides forward in such a short space of time since the organisation was created, just two years ago.
“There’s some tough competition, but hopefully the hard work of our dedicated workforce will pay dividends.”
The eight-strong Safer Neighbourhoods Team is responsible for supporting customers in 18,000 homes across a large swath of the north east stretching from the Durham coast to the Pennines. Their work has been described as ‘second to none’ by organisations like the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance as well as receiving great reviews from customers.
The shortlisting in four categories is the latest recognition believe housing has received since it was created just two years ago. The County Durham housing association’s ambitious new home construction programme has already won the Guardian Public Service Award for housing and Homebuilder of the Year at the UK Housing Awards. believe housing was also a finalist in the Landlord of the Year category at the latter awards.
The results of the Northern Housing Awards will be revealed at a virtual event on Thursday, 13 May.