Release Date: 06-Sep-2011
An innovative household recycling scheme that helps people get started in their homes has been shortlisted from more than 240 entries in the 2011 UK Housing Awards. The awards are now in their 15th year and recognise outstanding work in housing which improves the lives of people in their communities.
The Think Smart Recycle scheme, developed by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing and Kirklees based housing charity, SHAP, is now one of seven left in the running for the ‘meeting residents' needs and aspirations’ award.
Think Smart Recycle has grown out of an existing electrical recycling scheme run by KNH for council tenants and a similar scheme that SHAP ran for its clients. It helps their most vulnerable customers by giving them furniture and other household items so they can turn a property into a home, while also cutting the amount sent to landfill.
The service collects, cleans, safety checks and re-homes anything from fridges to wardrobes to cutlery – and everything in between. The service is free to anyone who needs it and currently helps around 80 customers a week.
The UK Housing Awards are organised by Inside Housing magazine and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), and attracted a phenomenal response with submissions from the length and breadth of the UK.
The winners will be revealed at an awards lunch on 9 November. The awards are sponsored by United House, Apollo Property Services Group, Devonshire Solicitors, Kier Building Maintenance, Welsh Assembly and The Scottish Government. Last year over 700 people attended.
CIH Interim Chief Executive, Grainia Long, said “I am delighted that as we celebrate the fifteenth year of the UK housing awards the calibre of entries is as excellent as ever. We hear much about the need for innovation in housing - the shortlisted finalists are examples of going beyond ideas - putting innovation into practice. Well done to all of the finalists”
Stuart Macdonald, editor of Inside Housing, said: ‘The quality of the entries rose again this year so even to get this far is an amazing achievement. In the face of some really stiff competition, KNH has shown it is performing at the highest level - well done!’
Cllr David Sheard, the Kirklees cabinet member responsible for housing, said: “Well done to everyone involved on being nominated for such a prestigious award. The scheme is a great example of how by working together, different agencies can come up with creative solutions to difficult problems and in doing so, make a real difference to those in need.”
Simon Rogers, KNH Chief Executive, said: “I’m really pleased that the innovative work being done by KNH and SHAP has been recognised. More importantly, however, the Think Smart Recycle scheme is a great success with our customers and we know from their feedback how much they value the service and how much it has helped them. It’s also one of the ways that we are supporting the Council’s green agenda, by significantly reducing what we take to landfill.”
Helen Minett, Director of SHAP agreed: “I’m delighted that our project has been shortlisted for this award and am especially pleased that the judges recognised the work we’re doing in Kirklees to meet our customers’ aspirations, not just their needs.”
• Can you help Think Smart Recycle to support even more people? If you’re replacing any furniture, white goods or other household items, and they’re in a good, useable condition, please don’t throw them away. Think Smart Recycle will collect them from you and make sure they go to someone who really needs them. To make a donation, please contact Hana Nadat on 01924 490702.