Revoe community members crowned winners at 24housing Awards
We are delighted to announce that New Revoe Residents Association was crowned winner in the ‘Community Achievement’ category at 24housing’s 2018 awards ceremony held recently on 18th October. Founded in 2013, the 24housing Awards celebrate and recognise organisations, groups and individuals who have demonstrated their ability to thrive. Showcasing some of the best work in the sector, 24housing were looking for the brightest and best for their UK housing awards.
New Revoe Residents Association received the well-deserved accolade and national recognition for their hard work in transforming one of the most deprived areas of Blackpool. Established in 2012, the groups’ principal aim is to work together with residents, local businesses and organisations to make the Revoe area of Blackpool a better place to live and work and an area that everyone can be proud of.
Completely embracing community spirit, the dedicated and passionate volunteers organise a diverse range of daily activities and special events, including;
- The Memory Lane Café, a subsidised weekly lunch club, which provides an outlet for reminiscing about the ‘old times’, sharing photographs and stories, supports residents who suffer with dementia and contributes to reducing social isolation amongst more vulnerable and elderly residents.
- The Revoe-lution Community Choir, now 46 volunteers strong, provides a fantastic free service to their local and wider communities. Originally established as a ‘just for fun’ choir, the volunteers soon increased and past events have included Blackpool Central Pier’s 150th Birthday celebrations, Chinese New Year celebrations at Blackpool Winter Gardens where they sang several songs in Chinese, Christmas Lights Switch On and Staining Gala.
- The Hand Made Uns’ Art Club create community themed art projects on display within the Revoe area and recently worked on large scale commissioned posters and mosaic, drawing on local history, stories and featuring local people. Sashes and rosettes were created for the Community Choir’s performance to celebrate the 100 years of women’s right to vote.
- An annual fun day is held each summer at Ibbison Court; this year boasted their biggest event yet, with over 350 local residents enjoying free entertainment, donkey rides, face painting and fun activities.
This Community Achievement award is a fitting tribute to the volunteers who make a phenomenal difference to the lives of so many in their community. Members of the association, Angie Buss and Brenda Giles, attended the ceremony and were on hand to collect the trophy from awards host Paul Sinha on the evening.
John Donnellon, Chief Executive of Blackpool Coastal Housing, said:
“The award is richly deserved, the residents have shown fantastic endeavour and enterprise in providing events and activities that really bring the local community together making life better for local people. Blackpool Coastal Housing are pleased to have been able to assist the Association and proud to be associated with them and the valuable work they do.”
We would also like to accord a special mention to Brenda Giles, one of the founding members of the New Revoe Residents Association and a true ‘Tenant Champion’. Brenda was named finalist at this year’s awards and it was fantastic for her to be commended for her commitment to her local community at Ibbison Court. Brenda has dedicated the past 14 years to her local neighbourhood and has been instrumental in its transformation. Brenda works tirelessly to help her neighbours, organise regular events and help to keep the community spirit well and truly alive.
Congratulations and well done to Brenda and New Revoe Residents Association!