ClwydAlyn highly commended as Landlord of the Year in national housing awards
ClwydAlyn, received a Highly Commended award in the Landlord of the Year category at the prestigious UK Housing Awards last week.
The UK Housing Awards, which were announced in a virtual awards ceremony on 3rd December, are the biggest awards in the housing sector, showcasing outstanding achievements of teams and individuals across the industry and sharing learning.
Of the ten housing associations that made the shortlist for Landlord of the Year, ClwydAlyn was the only housing association in Wales to be included in the category.
The overall category was won by national housing association, Home Group. ClwydAlyn was recognised for a wide range of work over the last 12 months which included delivering three new extra care schemes to provide 196 high quality homes for older residents across North Wales, as well as a further 101 general needs homes. Its “No Evictions” plan also saw an 85% reduction in evictions in year 1, with no one evicted into homelessness.
Clare Budden, Chief Executive of ClwydAlyn, said: “To receive a Highly Commended award for Landlord of the Year is a huge achievement for ClwydAlyn. Over the last two years we have undergone significant transformational change that has refocused our mission around tackling poverty and embedding our core values of trust, hope and kindness across our organisation.
“We believe that everyone should have access to a good home that they can afford to heat; with enough money to buy the food they need to stay healthy; and where they can live well and achieve their aspirations. We’ve made real progress over the last year in mobilising around this challenge.
“While we know we have much more work to do, this is a special recognition of the hard work and commitment of everyone at ClwydAlyn who works so hard to put residents and their needs first in everything that we do.”
ClwydAlyn’s award submission also highlighted key partnerships formed by the housing association to support its aim to tackle poverty. This included a partnership with learning disabilities charity HFT, Flintshire County Council and Coleg Cambria to pilot the internationally recognised DFN Project Search Programme to provide employment and training opportunities for people with learning difficulties.
It also led an employment scheme with “We Mind the Gap” charity to support young women who have experienced significant challenges into employment; as well working with the local Health Board to set up an ‘I-CAN Hub’ in Rhyl to provide proactive support for people with mental health challenges as part of the local commitment to tackling homelessness.
Other successes included representing the Housing Association Sector on the Welsh Government Homelessness Action Group, which has developed plans to end homelessness in Wales; and which have been accepted by Welsh Government.
ClwydAlyn also set up a food enterprise, together with Flintshire Council and Can Cook called Well Fed, to tackle food poverty by providing healthy and nutritious meals. So far, Well Fed has provided over 20,000 free meals.