The awards celebrate the difference that England’s housing associations make through creating opportunities and bringing local communities together. More than 60 projects were shortlisted, across four categories: Better neighbourhoods; Greener living; Health and wellbeing, and Investing in people.
Journey into Work scheme began in 2009 and has since shown excellent results:
• 5133 people have sought advice and guidance
• 1521 people moved into employment
• 121 apprenticeship opportunities were created
• And 4031 training and volunteering places taken up
Coast & Country Housing staff and residents will have their fingers crossed as the project goes up against other regional schemes on 7 May in York.
The scheme that wins the regional category will join others from around the country in the national shortlist and a national judging day will decide which of the final category winners goes to the national finals in central London on 12 June 2014.
Tracy O’Neill, Head of Community Investment at Coast & Country, said: “We’re over the moon that we have been shortlisted for the ‘Investing in People’ award.
“As a highly customer focused organisation, we are always trying to find new ways to help and support the local community and are extremely proud of the fantastic results coming from our Journey into Work scheme.”
David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, said: “We’ve had some fantastic submissions through for this year’s awards and the judges have had a tough job to do to select those shortlisted.
“Coast & Country Housing should feel very proud indeed – it is no small feat to have made it this far. It’ll be all eyes on the competitors now to see who goes through to the finals.”