Triple Awards Success for Salix Homes
The innovative and holistic approach to retro-fitting the oldest council homes in Salford, a ground breaking project that brings together different communities and the outstanding contribution of one of Salix Homes' tenants have all been acclaimed through a major national awards scheme.
Salix Homes is the first housing management organisation to win three accolades in the history of the National Federation of Arms Length Management Organisations (NFA) Awards. The Awards recognise the achievements of tenants, resident groups, board members and officers of NFA members.
The winners were selected by an independent judging panel from more than 100 submissions showcasing a wide range of projects, partnerships and individuals.
The NFA's Most Outstanding Young Person Award went to Charlotte Boardman, a Salix Homes' tenant from Little Hulton. Charlotte has forged a role as an ambassador for young people in Salford and is involved in a range of activities including the Salix Youth Group, highlighting the challenges facing young people. She has produced a cookery book of affordable meals, bringing together recipes from young and old residents to raise money for Help for Heroes. She is also currently volunteering her time to help develop further youth initiatives for Salix Homes.
The successful retrofit of 78 homes on the New Barracks Estate in Ordsall received the NFA's Most Innovative Project Award. These solid-wall Edwardian properties have benefited from work including internal insulation, high performance double glazed windows, A-rated condensing combination boilers, and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery. This has saved tenants an average £353 on their gas bills and will result in a 47% reduction in properties' CO2 emissions. Salix Homes worked in partnership with The New Barracks Tenant Management Organisation Cooperative , ARUP, British Gas and Procure Plus to deliver the project.
Salix Homes' Making Differences Count project was named Best Community Initiative by the NFA . The project involved producing a critically acclaimed film made by asylum seekers, refugees and disabled residents from Salford. A training program was also devised and delivered by disabled residents with the aim of challenging views, combating stereotypes and ensuring their needs are met. The training was initially aimed at Salix Homes contractors, but has proved so popular that it has been rolled-out to residents associations across Salford.
The trio of awards come hot on the heels of Salix Homes scooping the Sustainable Landlord of the Year award at the prestigious UK Housing Awards last month.
Councillor Gena Merrett, Salford City Council's Assistant Mayor for Housing and Environment, said:
"Salix Homes' success at these awards demonstrates our commitment to provide quality services to council tenants and to deliver the improvements that their homes need. I am very pleased in particular that the contribution made by tenants and residents has been acknowledged. They should be rightly proud of their achievements in winning these awards."
Peter Styche, Chairman of Salix Homes, added:
"The range of activities covered by these awards is indicative of the work taking place in our communities to improve the lives of residents and the neighbourhoods that they live in. I am delighted that the time, effort and enthusiasm shown by our partners and customers, as well as our staff, have been recognised."
Mike Brogan, chief executive of Procure Plus, said:
"We would like to congratulate Salix Homes on achieving outstanding success at the NFA awards, and we are delighted to have been involved in the award-winning New Barracks Estate project which was recognised for its innovative approach to retrofit. This scheme is a great example of collaborative working in practice - showing that by utilising expertise from across a range of industries, it's possible to set a new standard for affordable housing. On this initiative, Procure Plus helped Salix Homes to procure a range of construction materials via its purchasing and framework models, and achieve significant volume costs savings, which could be re-invested back into the local community."
The National Federation of ALMOs represents member organisations that manage more than one million council houses in England. The NFA is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with its sixth annual awards.