DEDICATED council tenants were recognised for their contributions to their local communities at an awards ceremony.
Reading Borough Council’s Housing Services hosted the Annual Tenant Award Ceremony at the Civic Offices to celebrate the time and energy tenants across the borough give towards improving their neighbourhoods and the work they do with housing staff and councillors on behalf of all tenants.
There are six awards which any tenant can nominate their friends or neighbours for. The awards and the winners for 2017 are:
- The Good Neighbour Award: Winner James Taylor, of Katesgrove, runner up Tony Fowler, of Emmer Green.
- The Most Improved Estate/Community Award: Winner Dian Walker, of Emmer Green, runner up Maggie Hunter, of Newtown.
- Going Above and Beyond Award: Winner Pat Watson, of Coley Park, runner up Chris Wright, of Newtown.
- Most Helpful Tenant Award: Winner Audette Campbell, of Coley Park, runner up Dian Walker, of Emmer Green.
- Active Tenant Involvement Award: Winner Marion Haines, Emmer Green, runner up Maggie Hunter, of Newtown.
- Outstanding/Lifetime Tenant Award: Winner Tony Fowler, of Emmer Green, runner up Val Harding, of Whitley.
This year’s awards also included the Tenant Garden competition which was an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work tenants put into their gardens and the difference it can make to those living around them. The award winners were:
- Most Impressive Garden: Winner Dick O’Brien, of Tilehurst; 2nd Vida Hamilton, of Katesgrove; 3rd Veronica Klopper, of Dee Park.
- Best Communal Garden: Winner Knights Way, Emmer Green; 2nd Trinity Place, Central Reading; 3rd St Stephens Court, Newtown.
The ceremony was followed by a fun session of musical bingo.
The Tenant Awards are truly the tenants’ event as they have the opportunity to set the criteria for nominations, nominate and vote for candidates, plan the ceremony and judge the gardens.
The awards were presented in the Council Chamber by Reading’s Lead Member for Housing, Cllr Richard Davies on Wednesday 18th January.
Cllr Davies said: “I would like to congratulate all the tenants who received awards at this year’s ceremony.
“The event recognises the dedication and commitment shown by individuals who give up their time all year round to sit on tenant panels and work on behalf of their neighbours.
“Reading Borough Council strives to be an excellent landlord and these award-winning tenants play a vital role in helping us create communities where families are happy to live.”
Audette Campbell, winner of the Most Helpful Tenant Award, said after the event: “That was a lovely evening and event, well done! The interaction between tenants was good and the musical bingo went down so well. I’m so chuffed to have been nominated and win an award. I hope there will be further opportunities in 2017 for us tenants to meet like this.”
Val Harding, runner up in the Outstanding/Lifetime Tenant Award, said: “The evening gave involved tenants a chance to shine and network with other tenants.”
The Awards Ceremony was also supported by 9 tenants and officers from Oxford City Council who attended the event. Over the past year Oxford City Council and Reading Borough Council have worked closely together to share good practice and run joint training sessions to share costs. Recognition for the value of this work was given through awarding Oxford with the Partnership Award.