Community heroes crowned at glittering event

Published on 7th February 2014

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“Brilliant event, well deserved nominees and prize winners”, “Wonderful evening”, “It was awesome."

These were just some of the positive comments from guests attending Cheltenham Borough Homes’ seventh annual community awards dinner.

At the special awards ceremony, held on 22 January, the local community were out in force to crown the winners of this year’s CBH Awards 2013 which celebrate and recognise those people who go the extra mile and make a difference in the neighbourhoods they live in.

The awards ceremony, held at the Thistle Hotel, attracted over 100 people including tenants, leaseholders, CBH staff, board members, local partners and the Mayor of Cheltenham.

Now in its seventh year, CBH created the awards to recognise individuals and groups in the neighbourhoods they manage, for their personal successes and sterling community work.

After much head scratching and deliberations the CBH judging panel declared this year’s CBH Award Winners 2013 to be:

Tenant of the Year 2013 - Winner: Bartosz Nowicki
Bartosz has given enormous amounts of his time and contributed many ideas to help both CBH and other Polish residents in Cheltenham. Dedicated to developing a voice for Polish tenants, Bartosz helped (along with other Polish Tenants) establish the CBH Polish Community Forum. He attends many CBH Focus Groups, meetings, events and has been elected as a community representative for all CBH Polish tenants in the borough. He has also worked hard to develop a website and Facebook page to raise awareness of the group.
Highly commended: Jim Bonner

Young Tenants of the Year 2012 – Winner: The ‘YC’ Steering Group
The YC steering group is made up of 10 young people who have voluntarily given up their time to set up the ‘YC’; a brand new youth club for 11-18 year olds from St Pauls and the surrounding neighbourhoods. The group gave up many hours of their time and showed great dedication and enthusiasm getting the ‘YC’ off the ground and using it as a way to help improve their community.

Shaping Services – Winner: Polish Community Forum
Launched in February 2013, the CBH Polish Community Forum willingness to get involved and help tenants access services has been overwhelming. The Forum has made a real impact and changed the way CBH approach their service delivery to migrant families. Meeting monthly, the forum is regularly attended by up to 30 of our 100 Polish families.
Highly commended: Lauren Twinning

Community – Winner: Henry Hopkins
Henry has been an active member of his community since moving into his supported housing scheme in 1999. A scheme representative since 2007, he has always had the welfare of other tenants at the forefront of his mind and has built a strong sense of community where he lives. He has organised regular coffee mornings and an ever increasing range of activities and outings for the local residents. An excellent proof reader, he has helped to develop CBH’s Tenants Communication Group, and has been a Tenant Scrutiny Improvement Panel member since its formation in 2010 ensuring that there is a voice for Sheltered Housing residents.
Highly commended: St Peters and The Moors

Commitment & Determination – Winner: Joanna Nowicka

Joanna has been working with CBH and other Polish tenants to promote access to CBH’s Services and to encourage others to become involved in their community. She is constantly looking for ways to improve her English and is the contact to support other CBH tenants wishing to attend English classes. She is a committee member of the Polish TARA (Tenant and Residents Association) and has attended numerous meetings and had an active role in events organised to help local shape services.
Highly commended: Peter Hedley

Green Achiever – Winner: Lucy Barnett
An award winning expert gardener, Lucy uses her skills to help others, including tenants and CBH, with projects to regenerate the communal gardens at Hobart House and Bush Court. Lucy has also helped and advised with the development of allotments at Cleevedon Square.
Highly commended: All Saints Academy Allotment Group

Community Safety – Winner: Christina Wilkinson
Christina supports vulnerable neighbours and organises activities for local young people. She is part of the St Peters & the Moors ‘Big Local’ steering group, which is using lottery money to improve the local area. Christina has attended training courses in her own time which has improved her knowledge and skills.
Highly commended: Lisa Ledster

Embracing Technology – Winner: Over 60’s Tech Course
This inspirational intergenerational project has seen a group of 6th Form students from All Saints Academy working one-on-one with residents from various housing support schemes. These residents, many of whom have never used a computer or mobile phone, have been mentored by the students to help share skills and learn how to use new technology with confidence.
Highly commended: Fred Dukes

Paul Stephenson, Chief Executive at CBH said: “It was a very inspiring evening and a great opportunity to recognise and reward some remarkable individuals and groups whose dedication and commitment has improved the lives of those in their community. We received so many high quality nominations this year and it was a very difficult task for our panel to pick the winners as all the nominees were deserving of an award. I’d like to personally thank all the nominees and unsung heroes in our community who go the extra mile to make a difference.”

Commenting on the awards evening Councillor Peter Jefferies, Cabinet Member for Housing and Safety, said: “The night demonstrated the wealth of talent and community asset that has been harnessed and nurtured by CBH and by using this asset based approach they are creating resilient communities. I would like to thank CBH for their approach where managing housing is more than bricks and mortar.”



  • CBH is one of the top rated ALMOs (Arms Length Management Organisations) in the country. ALMOs are not for profit companies that run social housing services for their local council
  • Currently CBH manage and maintain around 5,000 tenant and leasehold properties with high satisfaction and performance levels, when compared nationally with other housing providers
  • CBH put their customers at the heart of what they do; working with them to shape services and ensure the company focuses on local need
  • CBH deliver more than high quality core landlord services: they have an ongoing programme building new homes and regenerating communities; they support people to find work and employment; work to improve financial inclusion and develop stock to make it more energy efficient

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