Mentor wins housing hero award
An ICT Support Administrator from Worcester Community Housing – Richard Husband – 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.
Richard won the Inspirational Mentor of the Year Award following his work with 14 young people as part of the ‘Walk like a Warrior’ project. The initiative was established to help local young people take positive, safe and healthy life choices. The project was delivered in conjunction with Worcester Warriors Rugby Union Club and local policing teams and involved Richard working tirelessly with his mentees to help them build confidence and aspirations.
To Richard’s credit, his mentees graduated from the course last summer. Worcester Warriors coach Harry Ogree said: "The youngsters responded fantastically to Richard’s mentoring. He had a real connection with them and supported and guided them through what was for some quite an emotionally and physically challenging experience."
Richard collected 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: "Richard’s story is absolutely fantastic. He stepped away from his normal routine and put himself in a situation that needed great courage. He succeeded and impressed everyone along the way. A true unsung hero and a worthy winner of his award."