19 Nov 2021

Chartered Institute of Housing’s Northern Housing Awards 2021 winners announced

The Northern Housing Awards recognise the creativity, passion and innovation of housing organisations and individuals across the sector in the region. Despite the challenges faced by the pandemic, this year’s awards received unprecedented entries across 13 categories, including communications in a crisis, best frontline housing story and excellence in leadership.

See the full list of winners

Best housing development
Travellers Green - Livin Housing 

Excellence in customer service 
Supporting customers and developing improved services - Stockport Homes Group 

Housing team of the year 
Greater Manchester Housing First 

Working in partnership 
Play Streets - ForHousing 

New ideas, approaches and innovation 
Care and leaving care support - Blackpool Coastal Housing 

Housing hero 
Eleanor Edgar - Stockport Homes Group

Young achiever in housing 
Jai Kay - Incommunities 

Outstanding approaches for communications 
Manningham Housing Association 

Excellence in cultural change and transitioning 
Transforming LYHA, pressing the reset button - Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association 

Excellence in leadership 
Fiona Astor - Magenta Living 

Excellence in community investment 
The Depot, homes for every stage of life - Rowlinson 

Housing organisation of the year 
believe housing 

Excellence in health and wellbeing 
Stockport Homes Group

All shortlisted entries for the Northern Housing Awards have been included in our 2021 Good Practice Compendium – a core learning document full of inspiration, ideas, and innovation to help everyone across the sector create a future where everyone has a place to call home.

Commenting on the award winners, CIH CEO Gavin Smart said:

“The Northern Housing Awards and accompanying Good Practice Compendium is one of the most important activities in the housing sector each year because it pulls together examples and case studies of how housing professionals make a difference - a difference to the tenants and communities that we serve across the region, but also to wider public policy objectives that make a difference to all our lives.

The importance of sharing good practice has taken on an even greater significance as we continue to navigate our way through the twin challenges of an unprecedented global pandemic and climate emergency.

It is fantastic to see so many positive examples of innovation from the sector. Of course, we have winners and I’d like to share my heartfelt congratulations to them, but I’d also like to say a big well done to everyone who submitted an entry to the awards. All our entries had an incredibly high standard of innovation and delivery that we should all be proud of.”