WCHG Shortlisted for UK Housing Awards 2015

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group is proud to have been shortlisted in two categories for the UK Housing Awards 2015.

The awards, which recognise outstanding work by housing organisations to improve the lives of people in their communities, are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Inside Housing magazine.

Now in their 19th year, this year’s awards attracted more than 250 entries from all over the UK.

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) is now one of eight left in the running for the Outstanding Development of the Year (up to 24 homes) category for its apprentice-built bungalows and also one of only six in the Empowering Communities category for its Real Neighbours Project

Nigel Wilson, Group Chief Executive of WCHG said; “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised and short-listed for these prestigious awards – and in 2 categories too! We are very proud of our apprentice-built bungalows.  This was a unique development built by 35 apprentices and construction trainees from WCHG and the Manchester College, who were mentored and supervised by experienced colleagues from WCHG.”

Eddy Newman, Chair of WCHG said; “WCHG isn’t just about housing.  We have a strong track record in community investment, so we are especially pleased to be recognised in the ‘Empowering Communities’ category for the work we do for the wellbeing of our community. Our Real Neighbours scheme recruits, trains and coordinates volunteers to provide valuable, practical support to the community of Wythenshawe.”

The winners will be revealed at a ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel on 21 April and award winning, writer, actress, TV presenter and comedian Sandi Tokvig will present the awards. The awards are sponsored by Campbell Tickell, Capsticks, CHAS, Higgins, The Housing Contact, ISOS, Locality Solutions and NHBC

CIH interim chief executive Gavin Smart said: “The UK Housing Awards recognise the great work being done by housing professionals and organisations across the industry, but they also push us all to do better as a sector.  We hope the achievements of our finalists will inspire others as they aim to provide the best possible services for residents and communities.

“Congratulations to all of the organisations that have been shortlisted, and best of luck for the ceremony – win or lose your work will help inspire us all to improve.”    

Emma Maier, editor of Inside Housing, said: “The quality of the entries rose again this year so even to get this far is an amazing achievement. In the face of some really stiff competition, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group has shown it is performing at the highest level - well done!”