Release Date: 08-Jun-2011
KNH has been shortlisted for a major national award by the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) whose 63 member organisations manage almost one million council-owned properties across England.
‘Breaking in, saving lives’ has been shortlisted for the ‘most effective partnership’ category. The project involved KNH working with West Yorkshire Fire Service, Kirklees Building Services and ABS Secure to devise a way for rescue crews to enter homes with high security uPVC doors without breaking them down.
Representatives from the shortlisted fire safety partnership
The new approach not only saves thousands of pounds in replacement doors, but, more importantly, potentially saves both residents and fire crews from injury and death. The project has been so successful in Kirklees that it is now being rolled out across the country.
Also recognised by the judges is Jess Cullen, who has been shortlisted in the ‘most outstanding young person’ category. Jess was 17 when she began her tenancy with KNH last year, following a period of homelessness. In her short time as a tenant she has been involved in many activities, including the Kirklees Youth Council, the development of KNH’s young people’s service, and awareness-raising events for young people. Jess is an excellent ambassador for KNH and for young tenants.
The NFA awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the hard work and achievements of tenants and resident groups. The awards honour the individuals and groups who do so much at ground level to improve the lives of their neighbours and the communities in which they live.
The award submissions were judged by an independent panel consisting of Alison Inman, Chair of the National Federation of ALMOs; Michael Gelling, Chair of TAROE (Tenants and Residents Organisations of England); Michelle Reid, Chief Executive of TPAS (Tenant Participation Advisory Service); and Stuart MacDonald, Editor of Inside Housing magazine.
From 144 entries, three finalists were selected in each of the eight categories, except for ‘Most Outstanding Young Person,’ which produced five finalists.
The winners will be announced during the NFA’s annual two-day conference in Manchester on 12 July.