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    The Margaret Blackwood Award for Excellence in Housing Innovation supported by Blackwood Homes and Care

    This award is aimed at programmes or projects which can clearly demonstrate how they have developed an innovative approach which has made a real difference to the lives of tenants and customers. This could be any new product, service or technology – being able to demonstrate innovation is the key. Submissions should be able to demonstrate that they have fulfilled the following criteria:

    • Have used an innovative approach(es) to solve a particular housing problem; and
    • They can clearly evidence success in either improvement of customer satisfaction levels or have improved the lives of people in the community where the organisation works.

    Who is eligible?

    The award is open to all housing organisations and suppliers to the housing sector in Scotland, as well as community and tenant organisations. To be eligible, projects or initiatives should have taken place in Scotland and commenced within the last 24 months. Please note that submissions can be made for more than one category if the submission is relevant.

    How to enter & judging

    Entrants must complete the on-line submission form.

    This should include a maximum of 800 words on the project, which should be structured around the criteria set out above. Other supporting documents such as key reports may also be submitted as appendices to the main document.

    This submission will provide the basis for both short-listing and the final decision on the winning entry.

    Be sure to send in your nominations by the closing date: Friday 8 September 2017 at 16:00. Nominations will not be accepted after this date.


    The award winner will be announced at the CIH Scotland Excellence Awards Dinner on Friday 27 October 2017 at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. The winner will receive a commemorative trophy.

    About the sponsor

    Blackwood is a housing and care provider founded in 1972 by Dr Margaret Blackwood. We provide accessible homes for people with disabilities, and extensive care at home to customers in the community. We deliver our vision of helping people live their life to the full by focusing on value and quality for our customers and investing in innovation.


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