emh group celebrates involved residents
"It is such an honour to win this award - and what a surprise!"
Mal Stocks, Outstanding Contribution award winne
emh group has celebrated its first year of co-regulation, the process by which it actively works with tenants to improve services, with an awards dinner for all involved residents.
The dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Castle Donington, Leicestershire, was attended by over 60 residents and service users from across the group, including from emh homes, the social landlord within the group, and Enable, its care and support provider.
Chief Executive of emh group, Chan Kataria, welcomed the residents to the event, and thanked everyone for all their hard work throughout the year. He stressed that co-regulation was a joint venture, and that the group could not have achieved some of the successes it had without involved residents.
The Young Tenant of the Year award went to Anne-Marie Higton, who has demonstrated a high level of professionalism and maturity when carrying out her role as secretary for the Erewash Residents Action Group. Anne-Marie has also shown a strong commitment to her own personal development by volunteering with the emh homes Customer and Community Investment Team.
The Residents Action Committee Blaby District (RAC) won the Teamwork award for demonstrating a commitment to helping emh homes tenants in Blaby by raising the issues that matter most to them with the landlord. Earlier this year, the RAC launched the Blaby Open Forum to give the wider community an opportunity to share their thoughts and tackle issues at ground level.
The Most Outstanding or Innovative Project award went to the Enable Forum, which provides a voice for Enable’s service users and bringing people together. The forum is notable for its inclusivity, social activity, work on building life skills, and lobbying for the rights of disabled people.
The top award of the night, for Outstanding Contribution, went to Mal Stocks from Whetstone, Leicestershire. Mal is a dedicated community-minded person, sitting on several co-regulation groups and working tirelessly to help people in her community and acting as an advocate for them.
Mal was presented with her award by Christine Ashton, emh homes Director of Housing. Mal said: “It is such an honour to win the Outstanding Contribution award – and what a surprise!” She went on to thank everyone who nominated her, before adding: “Volunteering with emh homes is a wonderful experience and so fulfilling. Everyone involved has such enthusiasm, and is so determined to make a difference no matter how small or large the project is.”
This was the first of what is intended to be an annual event, celebrating the contributions that residents make to the success of emh group.