Ann Moran, who continues to support others at Maypole Court, Wellow and Helen Marshall of Vale View in Newark were both recognised with Outstanding Contribution to the Community Awards at the recent Newark and Sherwood Homes annual general meeting.
Both tenants were judged to have made a real difference to their communities, acting with enthusiasm and dedication to help arrange activities for residents and giving their time willingly.
Newark and Sherwood Homes chair Lynn Clayton presented the tenants with their awards. She said: “Social housing would not be what it is without the contribution of our tenants. Ann and Helen have made a real difference to the lives of others around them.
“They have both given their time and experience to the areas in which they live to make things better for other residents. Ann has spent the past three years running bingo sessions at the Maypole Community Centre in Wellow even after moving away from the area.
“Helen spends a great deal of time helping to improve the environment at Vale View in Newark, arranging fresh flowers and regularly baking treats for tenants to enjoy. She also paints nails and does hair for some of the older residents. Not only that, but Helen worked hard to help make this year’s summer fete a real success.”
The ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Community Awards’ are given out each year to tenants at the company’s housing schemes across the district that have gone the extra mile within their community and winners are awarded £100 to donate to the charity of their choice.
Ann has chosen to split the money between Macmillan Cancer Support and the British Heart Foundation, while Helen has gifted her donation to Beaumond House Hospice in Newark.
The AGM also saw awards made to a number of staff in the ‘Directors of the Board Excellence Awards’ in recognition of their hard work.
Joiner Gavin Town was awarded Excellent Employee for his work as part of the reactive repairs team. The Excellent Services to Customers award was given to customer services advisor Sue Parr.
Two staff were recognised in the Excellent Services for a Colleague category with income management team member Wendy Crowther taking the gong and Tanya Venables highly commended.
The Excellent Demonstration of Positivity award saw Clare Dawson highly commended and authority and performance officer Nicola Priest win the award.
The final accolade, the Nora Armstrong Community Spirit Award was given to street warden Lisa Moran who was described as taking real pride in the area in which she worked and always going the extra mile.