News story published on 16 December 2014
EIGHTEEN residents are celebrating after winning awards from the city’s largest landlord for their hard work and dedication to making a difference to their local community.
Cross Keys Homes held a festive Awards Night in celebration of its tenth birthday to recognise those residents who have achieved great things for themselves, their neighbours or the whole community.
Some of the winners included a resident who had been actively involved with the housing association and over the last few years and by doing so has helped to make a considerable difference to their local neighbourhood, two young people who having participated in one of Cross Keys Homes employment programmes have turned their lives around and now both work for the housing association, and a resident who also thanks to the employment programme Working 4 U has now successfully gained himself a job at Ikea.
More than 130 people were invited to enjoy a festive two-course dinner held at the Holiday Inn with even the red carpet being laid out to greet the honoured guests.
Renowned former DJ Keith Dalton hosted the evening with each of Cross Keys Homes’ Directors presenting one of the awards.
Chief Executive of Cross Keys Homes, Claire Higgins, said: “Congratulations must go to all the worthy winners and runners-up. It was a fantastic evening and was great to recognise the residents who are at the heart of what makes Cross Keys Homes the great organisation that it is today, and always go above and beyond to ensure our communities and neighbourhoods are places where people feel proud and happy to call home.”
There were six award categories which residents were nominated and shortlisted for:
- Good neighbour award – this award was presented to Teresa Law for helping to look after everyone on the sheltered scheme in which she lives.
- Working 4U award – this was awarded to Mark Bingham who has completed many of Cross Keys Homes’ Working 4U courses and qualifications and thanks to this now works at Ikea.
- Young person’s achievement award –which was awarded to both Adam Dawson and Stacey Pickering as the panel found it too difficult to decide between them both who should win this award so crowned them both winners for the way they have turned their lives around.
- Area Panel award – which was awarded to the Western Area Panel for the significant changes they have made to their local area.
- Estate champion award – this was awarded to Evelyn Speechley for all her commitment and dedication to the Saxon Community Centre.
- Personal achiever of the year (age 25+) award – this was awarded to Kerry Mason who after being made redundant over two years ago and joining Cross Keys Homes’ employment programme has now retrained herself in the catering industry and is now works as a catering assistant at the housing association’s Kingfishers Restaurant.
There was also a special ‘Resident of the year’ award presented to Doris Cox who is the chair of both the housing association’s Eastern Area Panel and Sheltered Housing Forum, and special commemoration awards were presented to all the residents who have been involved and contributed to the success of Cross Keys Homes over the past ten years.
All the winners received an award, certificate, souvenir Cross Keys’ Ted (the housing association’s mascot) and some shopping vouchers. The runners-up were also presented with certificates and the ever popular teddy bears. Each of the awards were sponsored by Cross Keys Homes’ contractors Mears.