Courageous Brent man wins housing heroes award
A Neighbourhood Warden from Brent – Francis Kabia – has won a prestigious prize at the UK Housing Heroes Awards in London today.
The awards were established in 2009 to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the many unsung heroes working in the housing sector.
Francis won the Inspirational Colleague of the Year Award for his dedication, service and often courageous behaviour in his role of Neighbourhood Warden for Brent Housing Partnership. Highly regarded by his colleagues and residents, Kabia is described as having the ’X Factor’. In particular, Kabia’s commitment to ensure the safety and wellbeing of local people made him a worthy winner in the eyes of the Judges.
In one incident over Christmas, Francis confronted thieves attempting to steal emergency heaters meant for local residents whose heating had failed. After the thieves fled he delivered the heaters and undertook follow-up visits to ensure all residents were safe and warm until full heating was restored.
Francis received his award at the Hilton Hotel from BBC TV personality Ben Fogle. In total, awards were presented in 15 different categories in an event organised jointly by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing magazine.
The Chartered Institute of Housing’s Kathy Hanson said: "It is sometimes easy to overlook or forget the challenging circumstances some housing workers regularly face in their routine jobs. They are on the streets and at the sharp end of life in our communities. Kabia, and many other people like him, deserve our respect and he fully deserves his award."