Neighbours! Everybody needs good neighbours. And that is what is found in West Norfolk as the Freebridge Community Awards 2015 prove.
There was a great turnout of tenants and staff for the awards at the Providence Street Community Centre on Tuesday.
Freebridge Community Housing announced the winners of their 2015 Community Awards at a fantastic event at the Providence Street Community Centre on 28 April.
The nominations for the six categories were received from employees, partners and tenants.
Judges Tony Hall, Chief Executive at Freebridge, Ray Johnson, Chair of the Freebridge Board, KL.FM presenter Simon Rowe and Editor of the Lynn News, Mark Leslie were very impressed by the standard of the nominations.
And the winners were:
Community Champion – (Joint Winners) Irene Ventham and Laraine Carter: Social organisers at Grove Gardens which act as “a god send” for tenants.
Community Group – West Norfolk Befriending: An organisation that matches isolated older people with volunteers who visit regularly.
Good Neighbour – David Brannan: He puts the bins in and out in the blocks of flats every week all year round.
Inspiration to Others – Victoria and Richard Thornton: Vik and Rik have overcome their own health problems and have thrown themselves into work for the Stroke Association. They are friendly, welcoming and work very hard for the benefit of others ... both are truly inspirational.
Role Model – Ann Gotts: Organises events for tenants and is always available to help neighbours. Truly inspirational.
Employee Achievement Award – Ross Edwards: Since joining the team at the Providence Street Community Centre he has helped to boost bookings from 38 bookings a month in January 2014 to 175 by the end of last year.
Tony Hall, chief executive of Freebridge, said that as far as he was concerned “Everybody’s a winner” such was the high standard of the 37 nominations.
He said: “It has been wonderful to welcome everyone to Providence Street Community Centre and share the achievements of people who really make a difference across our area.
“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to send us a nomination, all of the local groups and organisations involved, the judges who made the difficult decisions and of course the people who came to the awards and celebrated members of our community who are making A Better West Norfolk.”
The evening also saw the launch of the next round of the Freebridge Community Fund, where local organisations can claim a grant of up to £1,000.