Leading landlord whg scooped two top housing awards on 17th October, bringing its total haul of shortlisted or winning projects up to fourteen this year.
Of the eight categories in the first CIH Midlands Conference 2013 Awards, whg walked away with two at last night’s ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Birmingham.
whg’s specialist health team picked up the award for the best innovative partnership making a difference in the Midlands, for its work to help customers who are struggling to eat well, whether that’s through lack of access to information on nutrition, confidence in cooking skills or financial difficulties.
whg, Walsall Council, voluntary sector organisations and food suppliers worked together to develop the “Waste Not, Want Not” food distribution and nutritional training project. Integrated into a wider Health and Housing strategy developed by whg and Public Health, the partners’ objectives were to improve health, prevent ill-health and to help people to choose healthy lifestyle options.
whg community champion Lisa Edwards was also a winner, claiming the top spot in the overcoming adversity to inspire others award.
Eighteen months ago the 32-year-old was living in temporary accommodation. Following help from a whg community champion, Lisa signed up to the Thirst for Learning programme, delivered and funded by Walsall Adult & Community College and housing provider whg. As community champion she now helps others facing similar situations and has supported more than 35 other residents get back into education or find employment since starting her role in December 2012.
Gary Fulford, whg’s Chief Executive, said: “A huge congratulations to Lisa and also our health and housing team on their success. Through projects like this, we continue to demonstrate our drive to fulfil our mission of being a ‘truly outstanding housing organisation dedicated to the success of our neighbourhoods and people’.
“Behind these awards are many hours of hard work, innovative ideas and involvement from customers and colleagues. Congratulations again to everyone involved.”