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Steal like an artist: using existing good practice in your application


The deadline for Welsh Housing Awards 2017 is fast approaching. Jon Barnes, marketing and communications officer, looks at how the Good Practice Compendium can give you inspiration and a great template for your own applications.

Welsh Housing Awards 2017 - deadline 26 July 2017If you’re thinking of applying for one of the Welsh Housing Awards, then your first stop should be the Good Practice Compendium to check out what made the shortlists last year.

Even though the award category names have changed for Welsh Housing Awards 2017, there’s still plenty of overlap with last year. So make sure to use the existing good practice to inspire your applications. Each entry is the full application for that project, it’s a brilliant way to see exactly what makes a project stand out.

The new development, community focussed contractor, customer excellence and empowering and involving communities awards are pretty much the same so any inspiration you can take from those categories will help immensely – but we have made tweaks, so you should always check your application against the judging criteria!

If you’re applying for the new ideas and new approaches award then we’d recommend taking a look at the projects in last year’s new idea award – Melin Homes’ Little by Little, Pembrokeshire HA’s empty homes approach and Home Partner from Cartrefi Conwy were all great examples of how to capture what made a great new idea.

Using technology and promoting digital inclusion is a brand new category. For inspiration from last year we’d recommend Newydd HA’s digital champions project, #HatsOffNewport for their use of social media, and Charter HA’s Cause for Concern project, which has a database at its core, a great example of a straightforward practical solution.

If you’re applying for the building safer communities award we’d recommend that you check out both of Charter’s shortlisted projects: Free from fear partnership and Cause for Concern. The project ‘Bringing Emmaus to South Wales’ is also worth a look for its work with people who may have experienced drugs and alcohol problems.

If you’re putting an application into working with other sectors then your first port of call should be all the projects listed in the collaboration categories last year. Bron Afon and Newport City Homes’ recycling and sports projects show how non-traditional partnerships can be excellent examples. Homes for Wales is another brilliant example for inspiration on working with other organisations thanks to the coalition approach on show.

Applying for a Welsh Housing Award is about much more than just picking up a bit of glass for the trophy cabinet. The Good Practice Compendium is a brilliant resource for the whole sector. If you want to know what people are doing to address the big issues of the day, it should be the first place you look.

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