ALMO achievements recognised at national awards
The great and the good working in arm’s-length management organisations were honoured in a ceremony in Manchester this week.
The National Federation of ALMOs awards saw eight projects and individuals recognised for their work across the housing sector.
Charlotte Boardman, from Salix Homes in Salford, won the award for most outstanding young person for her work engaging young people in her community, and Wilson Severn, a contract manager from Wolverhampton Homes, won ALMO team member of the year.
Most effective partnership went to Stockport Homes for their Act Family project, which helps families with complex needs through working with the council, police, probation, education and health services.
Salix Homes notched up its second and third wins with awards for best community initiative and most innovative project. Its Making difference count project offers training courses to combat stereotyping around disabilities, and produced a film about asylum seekers and refugees.
Its retrofit of New Barracks was chosen as an innovative example of the future of sustainability in housing.
The most outstanding resident was Marie Froggatt from City West Homes, who was recognised for her bravery in tackling local anti-social behaviour and for her work to improve her community.
Brent Housing Partnership’s youth editorial board was honoured with the best use of communications gong for their magazine, and board member of the year was given to Joe Hayward, of Berneslai Homes.
Sue Roberts, chair of the NFA, said: ‘2012 has introduced some of the most significant changes to council housing for 30 years, and this year’s entries showed once more that so much exceptional, inspiring and sterling work is being done by ALMO teams and individuals.
‘The NFA awards are about sharing best practice. But also the NFA awards are about amazing residents and staff, and I for one greatly enjoyed celebrating their successes and achievements.’