Published on 5th April 2011

It’s fingers and toes crossed at Cheltenham Borough Homes (CBH) after they received the fantastic news that they have been short-listed in not one but two categories in the top national awards from TPAS (Tenant Participatory Advisory Service).

After beating off stiff competition from other social housing providers across the country, CBH has been short-listed in two categories: Best Practice in Youth Involvement Award for their innovative and hugely successful CBH Junior Warden Scheme and Tenant of the Year for their inspirational community hero, tenant Kay Wakefield.

Paul Davies, chief executive at CBH said: "We are very proud and excited to have been short-listed for these nationally recognised awards. It's a great achievement and demonstrates the fantastic progress we continue to make in developing community schemes that are having a real impact in the neighbourhoods we take care of and in our helping our tenants to have an active voice and make a significant contribution to the way we deliver our services."

The TPAS awards were set-up to recognise tenants and housing providers efforts to improve people's lives and share examples of best practice so others can take inspiration from proven, successful, real-life case studies and implement the schemes in their own communities.

CBH will have to wait until 6 May 2011 to find out if they have been successful when the winners will be announced at a special award ceremony.


Notes for editors

Tenant Participatory Advisory Service (TPAS) is one of the longest-serving tenant organisations in Europe with over 20 years experience informing and supporting tenant and landlord members to challenge, influence and control how their housing services should be delivered.

 Cheltenham Borough Homes:

  • CBH is one of the top rated ALMOs in the country, assessed as providing 'excellent services with excellent prospects for the future' by the Audit Commission.  
  • Currently CBH manage and maintain around 5,000 tenant and leasehold properties with an overall satisfaction level of 85%, placing them in the top ten ALMOs nationally. 
  • The organisation's approach to community development and participation; governance and equality and diversity has been recognised as good practice nationally. A new ten year management agreement, which will run until 31st March 2020 , was recently finalised.
  • CBH continue to develop excellent services by working closely with customers.  It will include building new homes and continuing to regenerate communities whilst tackling issues of worklessness and addressing social enterprise.

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