Wythenshawe Community Housing Group shortlisted for the UK Housing Awards 2014

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group has been shortlisted for the UK Housing Awards 2014 for their Real Food Wythenshawe project.

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 18th year, this year’s awards attracted more than 250 entries from all over the UK.

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) is now one of six left in the running for the Campaign of the Year category.

Nigel Wilson, Group Chief Executive of WCHG said; “We are delighted to be recognised and selected for this prestigious award.  The Real Food Campaign, which is a Big Lottery funded project managed by WCHG,  provides support to local people to help them grow, cook and eat their own food.  It is supported by lots of local partners and is making a real difference to people’s lives.”

The winners will be revealed at a ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel on 29 April and Marcus Brigstocke has been approached to present the awards. The awards are sponsored by Campbell Tickell, H + H and Higgins. Last year over 650 people attended.

CIH chief executive Grainia Long said: “The UK Housing Awards recognise the excellent and innovative work being done by organisations and individuals across our industry, but perhaps more importantly they help to push up standards and provide inspiration.  We all have to do more with less and there is always room for improvement when it comes to providing the best services for residents.  We hope the stories behind all the shortlisted finalists will give housing organisations the opportunity to learn from each other.”

“As ever, the quality of the entries we received this year is evident from the fantastic standard of the finalists.  I’d like to congratulate all of the organisations that have been shortlisted and wish them best of luck for the ceremony – win or lose their work will help inspire us all to improve‎."‎

Stuart Macdonald, 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!”