On the back of the positivity around our own Star Awards, there’s more success to celebrate this week.
Aberdeen came away from the Tenant Information Service’s annual ceremony with a hat-trick of prizes and was a finalist in two further categories, which is fantastic national recognition.
As a landlord to tens of thousands of people – with 22,000 rental properties in the city – our innovation in tenant engagement and support is one of the most important elements of our day to day work.
The TIS presented Aberdeen City Council with the Danny Mullen Award, presented to the Organisation of the Year. It is the first time we have been honoured in this way and it means an enormous amount to the Council but most importantly our housing teams.
The criteria focuses on innovation in housing, with a particular emphasis on tenant participation. Our staff, elected members and, most importantly, tenants have embraced this in recent years and clearly judges recognise the great strides that have been taken.
This is underlined by Carol Hannaford, Development Officer for Tenant and Resident Participation, being crowned Tenant Participation Champion of the Year by the TIS. It’s a fantastic achievement by Carol and recognises the contribution she and her team have made in improving services by putting tenants at the heart of our approach.
The third award for Aberdeen on the evening went not to the Council but to one of our tenants – which is particularly fitting, given the approach we have adopted. Norma Groves won the Frances Nelson MBE Award for Tenant of the Year. The prize is a tribute to the dedication and commitment Norma makes to improving the lives of others in her community and the example she sets. It is the second consecutive year an Aberdeen tenant has been honoured, with Paul McMenemy the 2017 recipient.
Congratulations to Norma, Carol and all the many staff and tenants who work so hard all year round.
From the awards stage to the bowling green, there has been success for colleagues on the sporting front.
The Meff Spence Trophy was contested at Broughty Bowling Club between hosts City of Dundee and Bon Accord Bowling Association – with both squads featuring strong representation from Council staff. Bon Accord came through to win 148-107 and bring the trophy back to Aberdeen. Well done to all who played on the day.