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20 February 2018

Helping to build better communities

Our Tenant Involvement team attended the 'Building Communities Awards' ceremony at the East Midlands Conference Centre on Friday 16th February, after Stu Belshaw, one of our involved tenants, was nominated for an award due to his work supporting other tenants in his local community.
The award ceremony hosted by Efficiency East Midlands (EEM), a not for profit procurement consortium, set up to generate efficiencies for its members through collaborative working, included around 400 housing and construction professionals, celebrating the contribution social housing providers, manufacturers and contractors make to their local communities.

On the night, Stu won the ‘Tenant of the Year’ Runner Up Award, recognising his achievement in supporting the residents in his community and his continued commitment to tenant involvement.

Stu told us more about his activities with our Tenant Involvement team: “I’ve been on the Resident Scrutiny Panel for nearly four years now. I also work as a Digital Tutor at Lilac Court for the fifties and older, teaching those that want to stay digital. I work at the allotment on Hartness Road, we’ve been running that for nearly two years and I’ll get all the produce and give some away, then ask for some donations towards next year’s project, to be sustainable. I’ll bring some to Pelham House to sell to staff, which can fund the next year’s project and I’m also a Community Voice for my estate.”

Maggie Kelly, NCHA Service Manager for Tenant Involvement commented further on Stu's contribution to his local community: “Stuart is very modest about his achievements. He is an amputee, relies on kidney dialysis and yet manages to offer his support in a variety of ways for NCHA and the NHS. As well as scrutinising our services, sitting on procurement panels for five days at a time and helping older tenants get online, with funding from NCHA and EEM, he encouraged tenants to work on a piece of wasteland on Barton Green, which has developed into a thriving allotment available for all tenants on the estate. He also collects toys from McDonalds and takes them to the Queens Medical Centre for children admitted with kidney conditions. I don’t think he knows how much he’s appreciated at NCHA or indeed around Nottinghamshire.”

For more information on tenant involvement, visit our Get Involved page. Additionally, you can contact our Tenant Involvement team directly on 0800 013 8555 / 0115 844 3150 or by emailing