TPAS announces southern regional shortlist

20 January 2014

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Hard working and dedicated residents from across the southern region of England will be recognised at an awards ceremony in February now that TPAS has announced the shortlisted nominations.

Two of Pinnacle PSG's nominations for the TPAS southern region awards have been selected as finalists. The TPAS (The Tenant Empowerment Association) awards are designed to celebrate housing tenants who go the extra mile; highlights projects involving landlords and tenants working together and showcases great project ideas.

Pinnacle PSG, who provides cleaning services for Basildon Borough Council, nominated John McKay, a Basildon Borough Council tenant, for the `Tenant of the Year' category for his work setting up and running food banks, job fairs and computer courses for the local community in Basildon, Essex.

"We nominated John because he is a role model within the local community, always selflessly looking to help the less fortunate", said Matt Foulger, Pinnacle PSG Area Manager.

"Over many years John has dedicated much of his time to being the Chair of Lee Chapel North Tenants Association, always listening to residents views, ensuring their voices are heard and showing that if you set your mind to achieving something that you can do it" added Matt.

Pinnacle PSG particularly nominated John because in addition to chairing the local Tenants Association he:

  • Set up computer courses to help job seekers with their CV's, provided computers with free internet use for them to work on and arranged for professionals to help spruce up their CV's to increase their chances of finding work.

  • Further helping combat unemployment in the area by involving the local job centre, local colleges and businesses in arranging a job fair every three months for local unemployed people.

  • Set up a food bank, with the help of his wife and sponsored by Pinnacle PSG, to help local residents in need by providing every day essentials such as tinned food, powdered milk and toiletries.

New Vision Homes (NVH) has also been shortlisted for the `TPAS Excellence in Youth Involvement' award for its `Ash Road garage project' on NVHs' Barnsbury Estate which is in Woking, Berkshire.

Problems with anti-social behaviour around a garage site on the Barnsbury Estate in Woking inspired the community to lead a project to rejuvenate the area into an innovative art space. Ten young residents from the local community working with NVH and Woking Borough Council thought creatively about how they could change the perception of the area and make it less attractive to people involved in anti-social behaviour.

New Vision Homes anti-social behaviour manager, Orson Carryl said: "There has been a great sense of community spirit throughout the project, with residents and local organisations working side by side."

Pinnacle PSG nominated the project because it:

  • Addressed the needs of the community in tackling anti-social behaviour.

  • Involved all age groups in all stages of the initiative.

  • Was a unique idea that dealt with anti-social behaviour in a way that the young community related to.

  • Gave the area in Woking a fresh new look and a better living environment for local residents.

NVH is a joint venture between Pinnacle PSG and Mansell and delivers housing management, asset management, repairs and maintenance and cleaning services to 3,800 homes on behalf of Woking Borough Council.

The award ceremony will take place at the Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden, on Friday 14 February.