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2021 awards categories

A sound business plan will only get any housing organisation so far - to turn strategy into action you need great teams and individuals.

The Housing Heroes Awards showcase the people that help housing organisations do the vital work they do.

This is your chance to give the individuals and teams who are the beating heart of your organisation the recognition they deserve.

2021 Categories

Apprentice of the year - sponsored by Places for People

This award recognises the contribution of apprentices across the housing sector. The award is open to any applicant undertaking an Apprenticeship scheme or a traineeship, in any discipline and working within the housing sector.

Employer of the year

In a difficult year, this award aims to pick up on the employer that has provided an environment in which individuals and teams can succeed and thrive. We’re looking for an organisation invests in staff training and development, that represents the communities it works with and can demonstrate a clear culture of inclusion and innovation. Basically, we’re looking for the best, most inclusive place to work in the housing sector.

Inspirational colleague of the year

An inspirational colleague can help others to thrive. This award will recognise an individual who goes above and beyond to deliver a high quality of work which goes above and beyond the call of duty. This could be someone who has put innovation or creativity at the heart of what they do or someone who has showed unstoppable determination. We’re looking for someone whose colleagues would all say they are a great person to work with, who sets a great example and makes a real contribution in their part of the organisation.

Inspirational leader of the year - sponsored by Housemark

Most of us have worked with someone who has inspired us and helped us to develop. This award will recognise an individual capable of truly inspiring others through their leadership. We’re looking for someone who leads by example and produces the best results by getting the best out of the people they work with. The person could be a manager, a chief executive or a board chair – it doesn’t matter as long as you can demonstrate they inspired and motivated others by their leadership in a way which has made a real difference over the last year. We’re looking for more than just a figurehead – we want someone who is hands on and involved in running and developing their team and making a contribution to drive their organisation forward.

Lifetime achievement in housing

We’re looking for someone who has lived and breathed housing during their career – a real ambassador for the sector. This award is open to someone who has demonstrated a passion for housing over a long career in the sector. They will have driven change both in the organisation at which they have worked and in the housing sector as a whole. We’re looking for someone who has helped in their own way to put housing on the map.

Team of the year - sponsored by Intratone

This award will recognise a team that has made an exceptional contribution to delivering their organisation’s goals over the last year. In a year that has seen many teams transform the way they operate, we’re looking for a team that has driven outstanding performance – either improving results or establishing new ways of working - and will be able to evidence clear positive outcomes. We’re looking for teams that are passionate about their jobs and have made a real difference to their organisations or the communities they work with.

Tenant lifetime contribution - sponsored by Aico

This award will recognise a tenant who has made a difference over many years. They will be someone who has given up their time to help shape their communities. They may be a volunteer of many years who has worked with vulnerable people in the area, be a long-serving tenant board member who has worked tirelessly to give others a voice or they may have overcome adversity to help others. Whatever they have done we’re looking for someone who has made a significant and prolonged difference to the lives of others.

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