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Recognising achievements in housing and support services – NI & ROI Housing Awards 2016


The stage is set for one of the most prestigious nights in the housing calendar. The CIH Housing Awards 2016 will take place this Friday (4 March) at Belfast City Hall and are sponsored by Choice Housing. Ahead of the night, CIH NI & ROI director Nicola McCrudden congratulates the finalists for coming this far and reflects on what the awards are all about.

Image of happy attendees at last year's eventThe CIH awards gather the best in practice from across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They showcase the amazing work and inspirational people who work in housing and support services every day. They illustrate how together, people and organisations from across the housing spectrum can make a real difference to people’s lives and communities. For example, the 'Working together' finalists have all demonstrated how genuine partnership working can deliver unique services for specific client groups and communities. Likewise, the 'Excellence in customer service' finalists are great examples of how being customer focused brings about better quality services. 

Many of our finalists are working directly to improve the lives of people who are homeless or in housing need - to make sure that families and individuals from all backgrounds have a place to call home. The 'Housing hero' finalists have demonstrated fantastic commitment and creative approaches to solving housing issues for vulnerable groups, including ex-offenders and older residents, while the 'Promoting integration' finalists are inspirational in the way they involve others - for example developing the skills and capacity of people with learning disabilities, homeless people and young people.

So as you can see, our work in housing goes beyond the physical and we recognise this by having a specific award category: 'More than bricks and mortar'. This year’s finalists have truly demonstrated their commitment to improving lives by working with communities to make a difference. Similarly, 'Best housing story' finalists are clearly making a difference to tenants' lives even though their story may not make the headlines!

Of course providing good quality, affordable homes remains a core part of what we do. Our 'Sustainable development' finalists are great examples of how housing can transform people’s lives, providing much needed homes to help sustain communities.

Finally, as a professional institute. we were pleased to see the calibre of finalists for 'Excellence in developing skills and capacity' – a true reflection in the housing industry’s commitment to promoting a culture of learning.

So well done to you all - as well as the individual finalists to be named on the night. I am very much looking forward to meeting you on Friday!

CIH Housing Awards finalists 2016

Working together

  • Apex Housing – Rossorry House
  • Supporting Communities for inter-agency engagement
  • Túath – Clare Village

More than bricks and mortar

  • The Housing Executive – oil buying scheme
  • Supporting Communities NI – the South and East Belfast Housing Community Network tenant scrutiny panel
  • Supporting Communities NI

Excellence in developing skills & capacity

  • Housing – Fold skills and capacity training programme
  • Helm Housing – dementia friendly
  • Helm Housing – leadership and management programme

Excellence in customer service

  • Helm Housing – customer satisfaction survey
  • TDS Northern Ireland – tenancy deposit scheme
  • Triangle – Choice Checkers

Promoting integration

  • Choice Housing – Root Soup
  • East Belfast Mission – Going Green
  • Fold Housing – Global Crescent

Sustainable housing

  • Choice Housing – Killynure Green Carryduff
  • Clanmil Housing – Valhalla independent living
  • Fold Housing – Village regeneration

Housing hero

  • Caoimhe McEleney – Housing Rights
  • Cecil Lemon – Highfield Residents’ Society
  • John Nash

Best housing story

  • Apex Housing - Ardavon
  • Clanmil Housing – money advice service
  • Clúid – Pound Lane Ennis

Young professional of the year

  • Andrew Brent – Fold Housing
  • Fearghal Burke – Fold Housing
  • Katie Lightowler – Helm Housing

To be announced on the night: 'Raising standards in the private rented sector', chairman’s award and 'CIH professional of the year' 

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