Our 2019 Community Awards
The stars were certainly shining brightly at Blackpool Coastal Housing’s 12th annual awards evening held on Thursday 28th March to recognise the achievements and contributions their customers and community members have made throughout the past year.
Over 170 community volunteers and invited guests attended the ceremony held at Blackpool’s iconic Imperial Hotel to celebrate the fantastic contributions made by individuals and community groups in strengthening and developing our local communities.
The evening included a drinks reception, two course meal and awards presentation, all made possible as a result of the generous donations received from award sponsors Read and Errington, Bambers Ltd, Mobysoft, Technical and Electrical Services Ltd, and Prism Medical UK.
Prior to the event the Judging Panel, made up of BCH tenants, staff and board members, met to discuss the many nominations received for the award categories and decide on the winners:
The ceremony opened with the Working Together award, sponsored by Bambers Ltd, which saw a young, active member of the community crowned winner for his partnership working with BCH and environmental contractors. The judges also highly commended both Jackie Arthur and Karl Barrett in this category; Jackie was recognised for her dedication to making her local area a greener and more vibrant place to live by maintaining the communal garden areas and Karl was praised for providing instrumental support to learners as part of the Community Learning partnership with Blackpool and the Fylde College.
The Community Action Stations award, sponsored by Read and Errington, 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 really put their hearts and souls into everything they do. The Association were also recognised recently at the national 24housing awards where they fought off stiff competition to bring home the ‘Excellence in Community Action’ award. The Magic Club were highly commended by the judges in this category for their work in reducing anti-social behaviour and providing positive, alternative choices for local young people.
Barry Wright won the Helping Hand award, sponsored by Technical and Electrical Services Ltd, for the invaluable support he provides to his neighbours, ensuring that where he lives is a safe and pleasant place for all to enjoy. Viv Critchley was also highly commended for her commitment to her local community.
New for this year, the Young Leaders Award, sponsored by Mobysoft, was created to recognise the 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.
Jack Cope won the Breaking the Barriers award, sponsored by Prism Medical, 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. Ellen Shakespeare was highly commended for the fantastic work she completes in fundraising and supporting others to attend sessions at Blackpool’s Centre for Independent Living.
The Learner of the Year award was created 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 October 2016 to provide functional skills courses in the heart of the local community. Stephen Phillips was highly commended for his commitment and determination to achieve. 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.
The Tenants Project Fund award recognised projects which have previously received funding from Blackpool Coastal Housing and delivered fantastic outcomes for our customers. Mereside and Friends in Action (MAFIA) Association were highly commended for utilising their funding to provide a range of year round activities for the community, including a Royal Tea Party and camping trip. 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.
The Customer and Staff Choice 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.
New for this year, the penultimate award of the evening 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.
The evening concluded with the Resident of the Year award where not one, but two individuals were crowned winner 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.
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!”
We would like to thank everyone who attended and helped make the evening a fantastic success, including our sponsors: Read and Errington, Bambers Ltd, Mobysoft, Technical and Electrical Services Ltd, and Prism Medical UK.