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Cross Keys Homes (CKH) is celebrating after its life enhancing ‘All About You’ courses won a well-deserved award at one of the most prestigious awards in the housing sector, the Tpas Awards.
CKH fought off tough competition to be crowned winners of the ‘Excellence in Employment Skills and Training – Landlord’ category, in the Central region finals.
‘All About You’ focuses in on people least likely to participate in mainstream learning, and were designed by CKH’s experienced trainers to get to the heart of the issues that were affecting these individuals the most, and sometimes even lead to their tenancies being put at risk.
The courses, which include basic home maintenance, confidence building, healthy eating on a budget, and accessing essential support services, are targeted at those facing significant barriers to traditional learning. They are delivered in the community and provide one to one support and tailor made training.
CKH’s Chief Executive, Claire Higgins, said of the award win: “Winning this award is a huge achievement for CKH, highlighting how we really deliver people focused services that get to the heart of the challenges those living in our communities face, and provide solid outcomes. We are determined to offer targeted support to those individuals who need it most. The ‘All About You’ courses highlight how we reach out to the most vulnerable and excluded with really innovative approaches to help them help themselves. Being recognised by an organisation such as Tpas is a real testament to the hard work of all the team here at CKH to deliver truly people centred solutions. We are all delighted as we are so very proud of what we do”
Also shortlisted in the Excellence in Community Action of the same awards was the WestRaven Big Local project, which CKH is closely involved with as the locally trusted partner organisation. Being a finalist in these awards recognised the outstanding achievements the volunteer led group has made in the regeneration of the Westwood and Ravensthorpe area. The project has seen the opening of the Community Café and gardens and the recent launch of the WestBeats youth space.
Claire added: “Our involvement in the WestRaven Big Local project has enabled the resident led group to access funds and resources they may not be able to access alone. They have gone on to deliver amazing results, giving people in the community access to resources, amenities, activities and support networks that are transforming the area. We are really proud of the dedication and hard work of these volunteers.”
The Tpas Awards showcase the compelling and inspirational success stories of tenants, landlords and contractors working together across the communities of England. They celebrate the people, ideas and organisations that shape the tenant involvement work of tomorrow.